The 264th playing of the El Clåsico was a night to remember at Camp Nou as Real Madrid’s hero, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored a late game goal to secure the 2-1 win and end Barcelona’s 39 game unbeaten streak.
Real Madrid’s first win at Camp Nou since 2013 brought heartbreak to the home team and their fans when the longest unbeaten streak in Spanish football league history was ended in the 85th minute.
The first half of play was quiet as both teams headed into the locker room at halftime with the score tied at zero. Barcelona had six shots on goal in the first half, while Real Madrid shot five.
The first goal didn’t come until the minute 56th when Gerard Piqué headed in a corner kick from Ivan Rakitic to give Barcelona the 1-0 lead.
Real Madrid struck back quickly with a goal of their own five minutes later in the 61’ minute. Karim Benzema delivered a masterful bicycle kick into the net after a perfect cross pass from Toni Kroos.
In the 83rd minute Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid received a red card after a hard slide into Luis Suårez, leaving Los Blancos with only 10 players. This wouldn’t affect the outcome of the game as Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net a minute after for his 42nd goal of the season.
Ronaldo set himself up with a beautiful chest pass on the assist from Gareth Bale, and scored the deciding goal in the 84th minute, giving Real Madrid the 2-1 lead and silencing the 98,902 attending Camp Lou. He was rightfully ecstatic after the game and took to Twitter saying, “Great team effort. We win together, we celebrate together.”
Ronaldo’s goal was his 16th career goal while playing in the El Clåsico, putting him ahead of Raul for third all time. He only trails Messi who has 21 and Alfredo Di Stefano’s 18.
Zinedine Zidane, manager for Real Madrid, was very impressed with his team’s effort in the hostile environment. “Very proud of what players did, this is not an easy ground, very happy with everything, not just the result.”