Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona. El Clasico, La Liga.

Lionel Messi scored the winner, and his 500th Barcelona goal sending the Catalans to the top of the La Liga Table

Casemiro started the scoreline before Messi and Ivan Rakitic responded with goals of their own, which gave Barcelona the lead.

Sergio Ramos was shown a red card for a wild lunge.

Substitute James Rodriguez earns the equalizer for Madrid late on.

But Messi, blazed through and fired from the edge of the area to give Barcelona the win.

This puts Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid, but has a better head-to-head record.

Barcelona have redeemed themselves with this match, having lost their Champions League quarter-finals against Juventus and their abysmal performance against Malaga recently.

What the Managers said:

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique: “We are first now but Madrid have an extra game. It will be tight until the end. We got the result we came here for.

“This is a season that weighs on us like five. So many things have happened, good things, not so good things, things I’ve already forgotten.

“The 2-2 goal was a terrible blow but players were able to come back in the last breath – the happy ending that we all wanted at Barcelona.”

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: “Nothing changes now. Maybe after today the league will be more open. But we still depend on ourselves.”
Scoreline

Real Madrid
Casemiro (28′ minutes)
Ramos (Dismissed at 77′ minutes)
Rodríguez (85′ minutes)

Barcelona
Messi (33′ minutes, 90’+2 minutes)
Rakitic (73′ minutes)

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WELLBET News: Barcelona determined to stop Real Madrid’s 31-game unbeaten streak at El Clasico

Barcelona are the more desperate side as Real Madrid visit Camp Nou on Saturday for the first El Clasico of the season with a six-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Real Madrid is currently in a 31-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
“On Saturday we have more to play for than Madrid, they can lose, we can’t,” said Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Barca are off to their worst league start in nine seasons.
However, coach Luis Enrique believes much of the media criticism of his side has been overblown, citing the institutional crisis that Barca overcame in the January his debut season in 2015 to win the treble.
“We remain favourites for all the titles, but it is evident we have to improve,” said Enrique.
“We lack consistency, but don’t exaggerate. In my first season you (the media) exaggerated and we ended up winning the treble.”
The biggest match in club football is expected to capture an audience of 650 million people worldwide, according to figures released by La Liga.
“I am not going to say it is just another game, it is a very important match, it has a special meaning….a special taste,” Real president Florentino Perez told AFP.
“No one hides that is has a worldwide impact, it is seen by millions of people across the world, like the World cup final.”
Yet, the composed Zidane refused to accept that a first Liga title in five years would be Madrid’s to lose should they bag victory at the Camp Nou.
“I am not thinking about the consequences,” he said after giving a goalscoring debut to his son Enzo in Madrid’s 6-1 Copa del Rey thrashing of Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday.
“We are thinking about preparing well for the game, and, whatever happens, it will not be decisive.”

WELLBET news: Real Madrid worry over Gareth Bale’s fitness for upcoming El Clasico against Barcelona

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is forced to wait to see if he will be fit for the upcoming El Clasico against Barcelona.

The Bale, was taken out of Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League win against Sporting Lisbon with an ankle injury.

Real madrid are currently the leaders of La Liga, with  a four-point advantage over Barca. They will have the “El Clasico” at the Nou Camp on Saturday, 3 December.

“He suffered more of a twist than a knock, but we will have to wait and see what the problem is,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane added: “On Wednesday, he will be examined by our medical staff and after that, we will find out more.”