El Clasico reigns supreme and does not disappoint!
With a bit of fortune, Real Madrid scored early on with a strike from Benzema during the 1st minute of the match.
Casillas was called upon several times as well at the start of the match, but he proved up to the task.
Di Maria slipped and hurt himself at about the 13th minute; the slip was a result of a wet surface. He was escorted off, and Los Blancos began to play a man down at least temporarily.
It seems that the referee is calling in favor of Barcelona and to the demise of Real Madrid. Di Maria, before he slipped and hurt himself, was seemingly fouled in the offensive third, but it was not called; two passes later, Messi was fouled in a similar manner, and it was called. Later, Sanchez hand balled to control it out of the air, but it was not called. Los Blancos will have to endure this persecution to try and hold on to the win.
Ronaldo had a prime opportunity to make it 2-nil but knocked it far wide at about the 25th minute.
Lass struck it hard and high from about 25 yards out around the 29th minute.
Messi fed Sanchez to equalize at 29:30.
The rest of the first half lost steam from both sides as far as attacking is concerned, though it was not void of drama and fouls. Even Messi got a yellow and nearly a second.
At the start of the second half, Barcelona is still looking out of rhythm. Real Madrid earned several free kicks in the offensive third but nothing came of them.
Xavi scored in the 52nd minute as it took a fortuitous deflection off of Marcelo in the opposite direction that Casillas went to defend. Barca 2-1.
Now Barcelona is pressing hard. But Real Madrid is on the prowl.
Kaka is coming on for Ozil in the 58th minute.
Ronaldo heads it wide when he was wide open and uncontested at the 65th minute.
Fabregas heads it home, giving Barcelona 3 goals to Real Madrid’s 1 at the 65th minute.
Higuain on for Di Maria in the 67th minute.
Barcelona have seemingly found their rhythm and taken any sort of sting out of Real Madrid’s attack.
Benzema has a shot/cross but it was wide of the goal and the offside Higuain could not get a foot on it anyway (75:00).
Kaka struck it well in the 84th minute, but Alves kept it out somehow.
Barcelona very nearly scored a fourth goal in the 85th minute, but after the ball pinballed about Casillas and the Los Blancos defense a little, Casillas caught the ball.
Real Madrid seemingly can’t get out of their defensive third now (88:00).
Ronaldo earned a free quick in the 93rd minute on the edge of the box. The ensuring free kick was not helpful, and Barcelona finish 3-1 over Real Madrid.
As a result, Real Madrid remain atop the La Liga table, but Barcelona gets the best of them away the the Bernabeu. Mourinho’s record winning streak comes to an end; his inability to beat Barca continues.
I think the games’ commentators are right: Mourinho went for an open style of attacking and entertaining football instead of a defensive and conservative style. As a result, Barcelona used their full midfield and possession style of football to wear them down and beat them. The El Clasico at the Neu Camp will surely have a different style. I hate losing to Barca, and I don’t care if our style is entertaining or boring so long as we win.