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Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Karim Benzema scores Real Madrid's third in the win over Barcelona
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored his fourth league goal of the season in the win over Barcelona
  • Barcelona suffer first league defeat of season
  • Real move a point behind arch-rivals
  • Luis Suarez provides assist on debut
  • Ronaldo scores 21st goal of the season

Real Madrid took the Clasico honours as they beat arch-rivals Barcelona in a captivating game at the Bernabeu.

Luis Suarez started for Barcelona after a four-month ban for biting and set up Neymar to arrow in the opener.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi spurned a glorious chance before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised with a penalty.

A powerful header from Pepe put Real ahead before they added to their lead when Karim Benzema finished a brilliant counter-attack with an angled shot.

Match facts
Luis Suarez did not have a single shot in his 69 minutes on the pitch but he completed 90% of his passes and set up three chances.Real Madrid have now scored 33 goals after nine games so far this season in La Liga and the last team with as many were the Real side of 1959/60.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric had 100% completion rate from his 41 passes.Los Blancos had 42% of the possession but had 18 shots compared to Barcelona's 15.

The Real fans roared their approval at the end as as the home side came out on top in a match-up between two of the world's most star-studded line-ups.

Real's celebrations following the 229th meeting between the two were also heightened with the victory helping them close the gap to one point on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

The visitors may have taken the lead but were ultimately disappointing as they failed to match the greater cutting edge in attack and solidity in defence of the home side as they suffered their first league defeat of the season.

A game between these two Spanish giants is usually one to savour and it was even more so this time considering the array of talent on show.

Real had Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Benzema up front, while Barcelona had Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

Suarez starting added to the spectacle as he played for the first time since his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup came to an end.

The Uruguayan made an immediate impact when his crossfield pass found Neymar, and the Brazilian cut in from the left and curled in a low shot for the opener.

The goal only served to spark Real into action during a fast and furious opening. Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo had not conceded a goal in his side's eight league games prior to the match and had to be at his best to keep his run going.

He got a left palm to a Benzema effort before the Real Madrid forward thumped a header from Ronaldo's cross against the woodwork and smashed the rebound wide.

Barcelona forward Neymar
Barcelona forward Neymar scored his ninth goal of the campaign with his effort against Real Madrid

The game was living up to the hype and Barcelona should have added to their lead when Suarez sent in a low cross for Messi only for the Argentine to uncharacteristically sidefoot wide from close range.

However, Real were level when Gerard Pique handled a low Marcelo cross and Ronaldo dispatched the penalty to score his 16th league goal of the campaign.

The home side started the second half brightly and their pressure eventually broke a vulnerable Barcelona defence when Pepe powered in a header from a corner.

The goal gave Los Blancos a firm grip of the game as they sat back and comfortably soaked up Barcelona's pressure, while continually hitting the Catalan club on the break.

And, when Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta lost possession on the halfway line, Real lethally struck for their third. Isco, Ronaldo and Rodriguez combined before the latter slid a pass through to Benzema, who angled in a precise shot.

Barcelona never looked like engineering a way back into the game and even Messi struggled to make an impact as he and his team-mates were well-marshalled by deserved winners Real.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique (left) and Real Madrid counterpart Carlo Ancelotti
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique (left) suffered a defeat in his first El Clasico as a manager
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez scored on debut for Gronigen, Ajax and Liverpool but had to settle for an assist on his Barcelona bow
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a penalty against Barcelona
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 11 successive matches - a personal record
Real Madrid defender Pepe heads in his side's second goal against Barcelona
There have been 28 goals scored in the last seven La Liga games between Real Madrid and Barcelona
Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is the highest scorer in Clasicos with 21 goals but he struggled in his latest outing


Real Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Casillas
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 74mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 19ModricSubstituted forArbeloaat 89'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 23IscoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 84'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forKhediraat 87'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 90mins


  • 2Varane
  • 6Khedira
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 24Illarramendi


Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 3PiquéBooked at 34mins
  • 14Mascherano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 6HernándezSubstituted forRakiticat 60'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaBooked at 38minsSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 72'minutes
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forPedroat 69'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 9mins
  • 11NeymarBooked at 14mins


  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 7Pedro
  • 15Bartra
  • 18Alba
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 31El Haddadi
Jesús Gil Manzano

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamBarcelona
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Barcelona 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Barcelona 1.

  3. Booking

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  7. Post update

    Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Luka Modric.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Sami Khedira replaces Karim Benzema.

  13. Post update

    Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Isco.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  19. Booking

    Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Saturday 25th October 2014

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