El Clásico, What We Wanted to See

With a new edition of El Clásico. Real Madrid ought to search on how to take away that undefeated record from Barcelona.

With Barcelona, already champions of La Liga and very little to play for, surely this game would bring us much excitement throughout the 90 minutes of the game.

Just at the tenth minute, Luis Suárez would open the scoreboard with an impressive goal assisted by Sergi Roberto, just as he saw Suarez alone for him to shoot the ball towards Keylor Navas’ opposite side. Quickly Real Madrid would tie up the game from a good display from Cristiano Ronaldo, who barely made the tap in as he was pressured by Gerard Pique five minutes later.

Fullback Sergi Roberto would see a straight red card right at the halftime mark as he allegedly “punched” Marcelo, leaving Barcelona with ten men to start off for the second half.

Everyone would think that Real Madrid would come up strong during the entire second half. It was the amazing run from Suárez that would steal the ball from Raphael Varane and give the ball to Lionel Messi who would do the rest, beating two defenders to score and bring up Les Blaugranas 2-1.

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Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Minutes after Messi’s goal made 97,939 fans cheer, a standing ovation was given to Andrés Iniesta as he was playing his last El Clásico in his illustrious career, as he was subbed off by Ernesto Valverde.

Meanwhile, playing a man down had put Barça at a disadvantage that Madrid had been attempting to exploit ever since play resumed. When it finally came in the 73rd minute, Marco Asensio found Gareth Bale cutting into the Barça area, and the Welshman beating Jordi Alba to the ball, firing a one-time blast into the upper left corner.

In the end, a ten men Barcelona would hang on to a 2-2 draw against arch-rivals Real Madrid to stay unbeaten in the season. Barcelona also extend their record streak to 42 games undefeated dating back from last season.

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