Pique opened the scoresheet then Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo scored to secure the first El Clasico victory for Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid's head-coach.The final result:
|BAR||1 - 2||RMA|
The first 45 minutes ended goalless with Barcelona having the majority of possession. Real were set out in a far more rigid defensive style than we have seen from them this season and the home side found it difficult to create opportunities, though Luis Suarez missed a golden chance early on.
It took until the 56th minute for Gerard Pique to open the scoring, losing his marker, Pepe, at a corner and powering a header into the bottom corner of Keylor Navas' goal. Real responded almost immediately, Marcelo making a fine run, passed the ball to Kroos, who crossed the ball, the cross took a wicked deflection and fell above the head of Karim Benzema, who adjusted his body and scored with an acrobatic volley.
Real sat back, with a brilliant Casemiro, and invited Barcelona to attack them, looking for counter attacks. Gareth Bale had a goal unfairly ruled out for a push on Jordi Alba and it looked like Real's chance of snatching victory had gone when Ramos was shown his second yellow card. In truth, he should have been shown it far earlier after a catalogue of clumsy challenges all over the pitch. This was his fourth red card in a Clasico. Barca pushed looking for a winner but it was Real who managed to score, by a nice combination between Gareth Bale, and Ronaldo, who fired a low shot through the legs of Claudio Bravo to grab a famous victory.
Last time, Barca secured an emphatic 4-0 victory in the corresponding fixture at the Bernabeu back in November. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 16th goal against Barcelona, while Benzema his 8th. Visit El Clasico history for more details and statistics.
Real lies in the 3rd place in La Liga with 69 points, 1 point behind local rivals Atletico Madrid, and despite the victory over their arch rivals they are still 7 point behind the leaders FC Barcelona.