The 237th Clasico finished in a 3-0 win for Barcelona that puts them nine points clear at the top of LaLiga table and 14 in front of Real Madrid.
Barcelona struck a noteworthy blow in the LaLiga title race with a 3-0 prevail upon Real Madrid in Saturday’s Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Second-half goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal gave the Catalans a club-record third win in succession in a game at the home of their opponents and saw them move nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the highest point of the table.
Zinedine Zidane’s prevailing champions, who had Dani Carvajal sent off for a handball just before Messi’s strike from the punishment spot, are presently 14 points in control of the league table and, regardless of having played a game less, their title hope seem to have been managed by the devastating blow.
Madrid trounced Barca in the Supercopa de Espana in August but the latter have gone unbeaten since that two-legged tie in all competitions, and they seemed happy to frustrate the home side in the first half in the knowledge that the onus was on Madrid to chase the win.
The hosts, who surprisingly matched Barca’s four-man midfield by starting Mateo Kovacic, saw Cristiano Ronaldo – passed fit after an injury scare this week – and Karim Benzema come closest to breaking the deadlock before Suarez struck nine minutes after half-time at the end of a slick move.
Zidane prepared to bring on attacking reinforcements but the game was taken out of his hands when Carvajal was sent off and Messi swept home from the spot for his 17th LaLiga goal against Madrid, more than any other player in history has managed.