Real Madrid has taken the lead in the race for the La Liga title after emerging winners in the first El Clasico game of the season when they beat Barcelona 3-1 win over the Blaugrana at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Both sides were level on points going into the El Clasico on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu, but it was Xavi’s side at the top of the table on goal difference.
This meant that Real Madrid needed a win to differentiate themselves from their arch-rivals. The home side took the game by the scruff of the neck and led in the 11th minute when Karim Benzema benefited from a Vinicius Jnr’s shot that was rebounded by Marc Andre Ter-Stegen to slide into an open net.
From there on, it was all Real Madrid as they doubled their lead 35 minutes into the first half with a long-range effort from the edge of the box by Federico Valverde.
Striker Karim Benzema thought that he had scored his second goal of the afternoon and Real Madrid’s third of the game, but his effort was ruled out by the VAR for offside.
The Los Blancos went into the break on top of the game and with a 2-0 lead, but Barcelona came out of the dressing room stronger, hoping to find a way back into the game.
Deep into the second half, the Blaugrana thought they had a penalty shout when Robert Lewandowski was closed down into the box, but the referee had none of it.
Barcelona later got a goal back when Ferran Torres scored from Robert Lewandowski’s back heel to slide the ball past Andriy Lunin and goal for Real Madrid.
However, in the final minutes of the game, Real Madrid was awarded a penalty, and with Karim Benzema out of the game substituted, it was Rodrygo who stepped up to take it and did justice by scoring the goal that ensured Real Madrid a 3-1 victory and to go three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table.