The Spanish ring Leaders Fc Barcelona moved 10 points clear at the top of La Liga after a second El Clasico win in four days, Ivan Rakitic’s goal all but ending Real Madrid’s faint title hopes.
Fc Barcelona El classico victory on Saturday made a bit of history for the Blaugrana, who became the first La Liga side to win four in a row at the Bernabeu.
Ivan Rakitic saw the Visitors go home with a win from a well composed finish which started with a one – two between him and defender Sergio Roberto, to beat Thibaut Courtois as it was the only goal of the night.
The win also gave Barcelona a lead in the all-time series between the two clubs for the first time in 88 years, having now won 96 times to Madrid’s 95. Not since 1931 has the Catalan club held the overall series lead.
Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane were denied towards the end but Real rarely looked like equalising at the Bernabeu.
Saturday’s 1-0 result also made it three straight Clasico clean sheets for Barca and the Bernabeu in all competitions, a first, with Barcelona having scored in a rivalry record 23 consecutive contests between them and Madrid.
Madrid Manager has now failed to find a victory in his first three matches against the club’s biggest rivals, having earned just a draw to go with the two latest losses.
Madrid now sit 12 points behind Barcelona with 12 games left.
Atletico Madrid who are 2nd on the table now have an opportunity of cutting Barca’s 10 points lead over them to 7, if they get a win at Real Sociedad on Sunday (17:30 GMT).
Barcelona now hold a commanding lead in La Liga and are set to take on Valencia in the Copa del Rey final in May. Barca still have their Treble hopes alive.
While in the Champions League their round-of-16 tie saw Barca getting a 0-0 draw away to Lyon in the first leg. The return leg is set for March 13 in Barcelona.