Late goals see Barça take the “classico”

December 15, 2008

Late goals from Eto’o and Messi on Saturday night ensured the “classico” went to Barcelona, the first time they had beaten Real Madrid at the Nou Camp for three years.

The visiting team had obviously decided to target Leo Messi from the start, who came in for a barrage of hard tackles in the pouring rain, but a solid Barça worked steadily throughout to hold all three points on offer.

Despite high possession, it wasn’t until the 83rd minute that Samuelk Eto’o scored, perhaps to make up for missing a penalty earlier. And Messi sealed the match when he scored the second goal in injury time.

The result sees Real Madrid drop into 6th place in the league, with Barcelona now 8 points ahead of Valencia and Sevilla, both on 30.

  Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Barcelona

15

12

2

1

46

9

38

2 Valencia

15

9

3

3

30

19

30

3 Sevilla

15

9

3

3

23

14

30

4 Villarreal

15

8

5

2

26

19

29

5 At. Madrid

15

8

3

4

35

21

27

6 Real Madrid

15

8

2

5

33

26

26

7 Deportivo

15

7

3

5

16

17

24

8 Valladolid

15

7

2

6

22

20

23

9 Malaga

15

6

3

6

23

25

21

10 Getafe

15

5

6

4

21

20

21

11 Betis

15

5

3

7

21

21

18

12 Gijon

15

6

0

9

23

35

18

13 Santander

15

4

5

6

17

21

17

14 Almeria

15

4

4

7

16

24

16

15 Athletic

15

4

4

7

19

24

16

16 Numancia

15

4

2

9

17

30

14

17 Mallorca

15

3

4

8

17

29

13

18 Huelva

15

3

4

8

10

22

13

19 Espanyol

15

3

4

8

12

22

13

20 Osasuna

15

1

6

8

11

20

9

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