Barça back on top after defeating Real Madrid

April 12, 2010

Barcelona is back at the top of the league table after a classic 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday night!

Although there are still seven matches remaining of the season, it is a huge moral boost for the Catalans and has really dented Real Madrid’s self-belief. It is always difficult to put “El Clasico” in any real perspective as it is hyped so much throughout Spain, which it so often fails to live up to (although last season’s 6-2 defeat of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu certainly DID). However, Saturday’s match was the forth El Clasico won by Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid’s first home loss this season.

The match started with both teams looking a little desperate and a long way from playing their best. Barça’s first goal came in the 32nd minute from a clearly annoyed Messi, sick and tired of the constant fouling from Madrid.

To me – and I’m hardly unbiased –  it looked like Madrid were going in hard throughout the match, but players from both teams received yellow cards; Messi, Xavi, Alves and Maxwell were all cautioned, but although Ramos picked up one yellow for Madrid, there were two other occasions which looked like they were clear yellow cards and he should have received his marching orders.

After the break one of the heroes of the night was Victor Valdes, who faced dangerous moments in the 51st and 55th minute when Van der Vaart and Ronaldo managed to break through, and then in the 69th minute – it constantly amazes me both when people call for him to be replaced AND that he has never been called up for the Spanish selection. The other hero was Pedro, who scored the second goal for Barça in the 56th minute; Messi came close again in the 77th minute, but his shot was saved by Casillas.

A great night for Barcelona, but not the dismal result Real Madrid seem to think it is. While the teams are arch-rivals, coming second in the league – and it isn’t over yet – hardly counts as the total failure painted by some of their supporters.

After the match there were plenty of fireworks in Barcelona and the party atmosphere spilled over in to the centre of Barcelona where another spectacular victory was celebrated. My own post match party didn’t finish until the very early hours of Sunday morning.

0-1, Messi (min 32)
0-2, Pedro (min 56)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
31
25
5
1
77
19
80
2
Real Madrid
31
25
2
4
83
27
77
3
Valencia
31
16
8
7
50
33
56
4
Sevilla
31
15
6
10
45
36
51
5
Mallorca
31
15
6
10
49
36
51
6
Athletic Bilbao
31
14
6
11
45
42
48
7
Villarreal
31
13
7
11
46
41
46
8
Getafe
31
13
5
13
43
40
44
9
Deportivo
31
12
7
12
33
39
43
10
Atlético Madrid
31
11
7
13
47
48
40
11
Sporting Gijón
31
9
10
12
33
39
37
12
Osasuna
31
10
7
14
28
35
37
13
Almería
31
9
10
12
33
43
37
14
Espanyol
31
9
10
12
25
37
37
15
Racing Santander
31
7
11
13
31
45
32
16
Zaragoza
31
8
8
15
37
55
32
17
Málaga
31
7
10
14
35
40
31
18
Tenerife
31
6
8
17
29
61
26
19
Valladolid
31
4
13
14
30
53
25
20
Xerez
31
5
8
19
26
53
23

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