El clasico sees unbeaten run end for BarçaApril 4, 2016
Well, it had to come to an end at some time. Finally, after a six-month streak in which Barcelona remained undefeated Real Madrid beat Barça on their home turf. It just had to be Barça’s arch-rival. Before the match was a minute’s silence to honour Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff, who died in March of cancer, but the Catalans were unable to produce a result he would have been proud of.
Madrid were certainly in better form that the last clasico, when Barcelona’s beat them 4-0 at the Bernabeu and from the start the action went end to end. But there were some poor decisions by the ref. Although Ramos was sent off for his second yellow card towards the end of the match he should surely have been sent off earlier. And Pepe did his usual diving against when there was clearly no contact at all.
Suarez had a great chance early on in the box but simply failed to connect with Neymar’s pass and a shot by Rakitic was saved. And Benzema had an excellent chance to put the visitors ahead towards the end of the first half but badly miscalculated. Instead of blasting into Barça’s goal the ball headed skyward. It was an uncomfortable moment all the same.
10 minutes into the second half Gerard Pique finally put Barça ahead. Unfortunately it was the only goal of the match for Barcelona though and a handful of minutes later Benzema made up for his earlier error and scored the equaliser. Not the result Barcelona were hoping for, but still hoping for one point from the match.
But things went downhill even further when Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the closing minutes of the match. While his winning goal was undoubtedly good, Ronaldo’s whole smug demeanour is hard to stomach. I’ve never claimed to be unbiased.
All in all it’s not a total disaster for Barcelona as they should still win the title. The result is disappointing but the squad needs to brush themselves off and head into Tueday’s Champions League with Atletico Madrid looking for a big win. In the league there are seven matches remaining and so mathematically both Atletico and Real Madrid could pass them. But on their form this season it just isn’t going to happen.
1-0 Piqué (min 55)
1-1 Benzema (min 61)
1-2 Ronaldo (min 84)