The winner of Benzema put Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish football league with city rival Atletico set to play on Sunday.
Real Madrid rose to the top of La Liga after Karim Benzema’s lightning-fast strike gave them a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Wild Clasico match at Valdebebas.
Benzema’s superb skill and a deflected free-kick from Toni Kroos put Madrid ahead and while Oscar Mingueza had one back for Barca, they failed the match that could be the last appearance. of Lionel Messi in this match.
Saturday’s win means Real Madrid are equal to points with Atletico but lead the table in head-to-head results.
All three hours are separated by a single point.
Atletico, without the injured Luis Suarez, face Real Betis on Sunday.
With Atletico stumbling and both Barca and Real Madrid making their strides, this match looks set to determine, if not a title, who will become the championship contender. championship in May.
The result was an intriguing race at the rain-drenched Alfredo di Stefano stadium, which saw both teams squandered plenty of opportunities, some attempts back in wooden frame and Casemiro sent off in extra time .
At the end of the game, Barcelona’s substitute Ilaix Moriba shot the crossbar from Real Madrid.
“We’re still in it,” said Barca coach Ronald Koeman. “We lost a game against a team that is also fighting for the championship but we have eight games left and we will fight to the end.”
Lionel Messi is currently unable to score in seven consecutive games at Clasicos 📉 pic.twitter.com/h7BIznjiWj
– Target (@goal) April 10, 2021
Casemiro’s red card also gave Messi the chance to enjoy a free kick and the chance to make an impressive equalizer, but instead the Argentine took seven goalless games against Real Madrid, with many wondering if the 45th Clasico will be his last.
Messi can still turn the tide in the remaining eight games but surely Madrid are in a difficult position after a comeback beat Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday with another crucial win.
They could finish their Champions League job at Anfield next week, though manager Zinedine Zidane later admits his players are “physically at their limit”.
“It was a difficult game, the first half was ours, but we suffered in the second half,” said Zidane. “We deserve to win, because we have so many chances to score a third.”