FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid for the second time this week thanks to a Rakitic goal that was enough for a 1-0 victory. Four days after beating Real Madrid 3-0 in their stadium to eliminate their arch rivals from the Copa del Rey, Barça inflicted another defeat that all but ended their league title aspirations. The goal came in the 25th minute after Sergi Roberto set Rakitic clear on goal and the Croatian international chipped the ball over for what turned out to be the only goal of the game. This result meant that Barça temporarily stretched their lead atop of the league standings to ten points from Atletico Madrid while enjoying a 12-point lead over Real Madrid. This result was also historic because Barça have now surpassed los Blancos in head to head Clásico wins for the first time in 87 years, with the Blaugrana enjoying 96 wins to Real’s 95 with 51 draws. Barça will get to celebrate back in Barcelona before hosting Rayo Vallecano on Saturday before taking on Lyon a few days later in their crucial second leg Champions clash for a spot in the Quarter-Finals.
Match Info (From Sport):
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilón, Casemiro (Isco, 75′), Modric, Kroos (Valverde, 55′), Bale (Asensio, 61′), Benzema & Vinicius.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets (Semedo, 90′), Rakitic, Arthur (Arturo Vidal, 70′), Messi, Dembélé (Coutinho, 77′) & Suárez.
Goals: 0-1, Rakitic (25′).
Referee: Undiano Mallenco.
Cautions: Ramos (60′), Asensio (81′), Carvajal (88′); Busquets (1′), Lenglet (62′).