La Liga 2015-16 - El Clasico from the Nou Camp

Full-time: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

  • Barcelona's unbeaten streak ends at 39 after a dramatic home defeat to their fiercest rivals in Catalonia
  • The hosts had taken the lead through Gerard Pique's second-half header, only to be pegged back by an acrobatic finish from Karim Benzema
  • Sergio Ramos was sent off for Real Madrid before Cristiano Ronaldo fired home the winning goal five minutes from time
  • Fans paid tribute to the late Johan Cruyff with a stunning pre-match mosaic and a 14th minute tribute
  • The result leaves third-place Real seven points off the top and one adrift of Atletico with seven matches remaining
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the third-highest scorer in clasico history after his 85th-minute winner at the Nou Camp AFP

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The Champions League quarter-finals take centre stage now for both of these teams, with Real travelling to Wolfsburg on Wednesday before hosting Eibar in La Liga next weekend.

Barcelona entertain Atletico in Europe on Tuesday and then travel to Real Sociedad next weekend.


So Barcelona's 39-match unbeaten streak finally comes to an end at the hands of their fiercest rivals. The game eventually burst into life after a sluggish start and it's hard to argue that Real did not deserve all three points as they pushed on in search of a winner despite Ramos' brainless red card.

Third-place Real now trail the leaders by seven points and are just one adrift of Diego Simeone's Atletico in second.



Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid


After more unsavoury shenanigans between Pepe and Suarez, Zidane brings on Vasquez for Bale.

Two minutes of added time for Barcelona to find an equaliser.



Late drama at the Nou Camp as Real defy their numerical disadvantage to take the lead. Carvajal steams forward and Jese helps the ball out to Bale, who stands up a cross to the back post.

Alves gets caught underneath it and that allows Ronaldo to take a touch on his chest before finishing his 16th clasico goal with aplomb.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Will that prove to be the winner?


Goal: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo)


It wouldn't be a clasico without a red card now, would it? Ramos, who could have been booked three times already, continues to push his luck and finally collects a second yellow for a needlessly reckless tackle on Suarez. That's the 21st sending off of his career and a fourth against Barcelona.


Red card: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)


Real are definitely in the ascendancy now. Ronaldo rattles the crossbar with a lovely strike before Bale gets ahead of Alba again before being thwarted by Bravo.


Incredibly harsh officiating denies Real the lead after Bale heads home Ronaldo's cross at the back post and runs off in celebration before the assistant rules that he was climbing on Alba. There was nothing wrong with that.

Gareth Bale


Superb defending from Mascherano as his sliding block stops Ronaldo in his tracks. That leads to a swift Barcelona counter attack that ends with Messi setting up Suarez to curl a half-volley wide.


A Real attack breaks down as Kroos is whistled for handball. Zidane then makes his first change, withdrawing goal-scorer Benzema and introducing Jese.


A rogue pass from Benzema almost lets in Suarez, but Pepe gets across to make an important tackle.


The first substitution of the night sees Rakitic replaced by Turan.


Suarez looks to get his latest effort on target, only for a committed block from Casemiro to deflect the ball off Neymar and out for a goal kick. 20 minutes left to play.


More confidence from Real now as Benzema burrows forward before teeing up Bale to shoot straight at Bravo.


Now we really have a game on our hands. Zidane has changed very little since that Pique opener and he is rewarded for his patience as Marcelo drives at the heart of Barcelona's defence.

He knocks the ball wide to Toni Kroos, whose low cross skips up off Alba before being acrobatically finished by the otherwise quiet Benzema. That's his 21st La Liga goal of the season.

Karim Benzema


Goal: Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (Karim Benzema)


Rakitic is cautioned for a sliding challenge on Marcelo.


At last the deadlock is broken as Pique loses his marker Pepe through a crowd of bodies before heading Rakitic's corner beyond Navas and in. Advantage Barcelona.

Gerard Pique


Goal: Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid (Gerard Pique)


Great determination from Suarez and Neymar to keep battling away and launch another Barca attack. The ball ends up at the feet of Messi, who is surrounded by white shirts but still manages to scoop an inventive effort that Navas is forced to push wide.