Barcelona snaps Real’s 15-game win streak
Up three points with a game in hand, Real Madrid had an opportunity to pretty much ice the La Liga title before the half way point with a win over their hated rivals Barcelona. They had to feel good having won 15-straight games and playing at home before 80,00 at the Bernabeu. So when Karim netted a misplayed clear from the Barca goalies just 23 seconds into the game, their second win in twelve tries against the Catalons was pretty much in the bag …. right ??? Wrong !!!
For the first 20 minutes of the match, Real imposed it’s will swarming the Barcelona end and dominating possession.
Not being able to deliver the second dagger will haunt the whites should they not be able to win their 32nd Liga title. In the 28th minute, the usually lethal finisher Cristiano Ronaldo inexplicably missed a sitter and that would turn the tide.
At the 30 minute mark, Lionel Messi fed Alexis Sanchez who beat Real Madrid goalie Iker Casillas to the far corner for the equilizer. It was all Barca from there.
The Blaugrana winner was lucky but you make your own luck. A crazy deflection on a long range shot for Xavi beat Casillas for a second time. It didn’t take Barcelona long to twist the knife and the third goal was a thing of beauty. Dani Alves’ brilliant pinpoint cross hit a streaking Ces Fabregas for a terrific diving header that iced the win.
In the end it was simply a question of Real Madrid coverting when it mattered with the chief culprit being Cristiano Ronaldo who once again came up empty with the money down. In head to heads with Lionel Messi, the Argentinian has dominated. While Messi failed to score for the first time in his last six visits to the Bernabeu, he did notch a sweet assist on the equilizer.
Karim’s goal was the fastest goal ever in the “Clasico”.
Barcelona is now 6-0-1 in their L7 La Liga meetings with Real Madrid
The loss snapped Real’s 10-game La Liga winning streak
Xavi Hernandez recored his 600th match for Barcelona, the most in club history
Xavi completed 95 of his 112 passes including 51 on the Real Madrid side of the field
Barcelona completed 575 of their 677 passes good for 84.9%
Real Madrid completed 308 of 412 passes good for 74.6%
Real Madrid lost for the first time in 72 matches after scoring first
Jose Mourinho has now lost eight games against Barcelona, his most managerial defeats against any opponent, three more than his five losses to Liverpool