Actual Madrid beat Barcelona to go high of La Liga

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Benzema’s winner takes Actual Madrid to high of the Spanish soccer league with metropolis rivals Atletico set to play on Sunday.

Actual Madrid have moved high of La Liga after Karim Benzema’s flicked end helped them declare an exciting 2-1 victory over Barcelona in a wild Clasico at Valdebebas.

Benzema’s excellent piece of talent and a deflected Toni Kroos free-kick put Madrid in cost and whereas Oscar Mingueza pulled one again for Barca, they fell to defeat in what could possibly be Lionel Messi’s last look on this fixture.

Saturday’s victory means Actual Madrid go degree on factors with Atletico however lead the desk on superior head-to-head outcomes.

The three at the moment are separated by only a single level.

Atletico, with out the injured Luis Suarez, face Actual Betis on Sunday.

With Atletico stumbling and each Barca and Actual Madrid hitting their stride, this sport seemed set to outline, if not the title, then who would turn into favourites to be topped champions in Could.

Barcelona’s Argentinian ahead Lionel Messi failed to attain in his seventh straight Clasico [AFP]

The outcome was a riveting contest at a rain-soaked Alfredo di Stefano stadium that noticed each groups squander quite a few probabilities, a number of efforts come again off the woodwork and Casemiro despatched off in additional time.

With the final play of the sport, Barcelona substitute Ilaix Moriba rattled Actual Madrid’s crossbar.

“We’re nonetheless in it,” mentioned Barca coach Ronald Koeman. “We’ve misplaced a sport in opposition to a crew who can also be combating for the league however we have now eight video games left and we’ll struggle to the tip.”

Casemiro’s crimson card had additionally given Messi a free-kick and the prospect for a dramatic equaliser however as an alternative, the Argentinian made it seven video games now and not using a purpose in opposition to Actual Madrid, with many questioning if his forty fifth Clasico shall be his final.

Messi may but flip the tide within the eight video games nonetheless remaining however there isn’t any doubt Madrid are within the groove after backing up beating Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday with one other essential victory.

They’ll end the job within the Champions League at Anfield subsequent week though supervisor Zinedine Zidane admitted afterwards his gamers are “bodily at their restrict”.

“It was a troublesome sport, the primary half was ours, however we suffered within the second,” mentioned Zidane. “We deserved the victory, as a result of we had quite a lot of probabilities to attain the third.”

Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano exhibits a crimson card to Actual Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro [Javier Soriano/AFP]

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