Arguably, the most talked about football match happened yesterday and a certain Lionel Messi has stolen all the glory from the game as he led his Barcelona away side to triumph over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The 3-2 victory for Barcelona relegates Real Madrid to a second position on the La Liga table. Though both teams now have 75 points each, Barcelona tops the league table with its goal difference.
Football Pundits believe Barca topping the league table now could last to give this season’s trophy to the Catalan side. Reason being that Real Madrid has a number of competitive away games which might be very difficult to win.
Casemiro gave Real Madrid a leading goal in the 28th minute of the match termed as the “Trophy Decider” but 5 minutes after Lionel Messi managed to swiftly interweave himself through 4 Madrid defenders in the 18 yards box and struck a left foot shot to the back of Navas’ net.
The much entertaining game without previously red carded Neymar saw other Barcelona stars like Ivan Rakitic to shine as he gave Barcelona a second goal lead with a well-crafted long range shot from 20 yards at the 73rd minute.
Pressured 10-man Madrid side after Sergio Ramos’ red card, however, managed to equalize when at the 86th minute James Rodriguez coming from the bench connected a wing cross from Marcelo into a goal.
To the amusement of world football fans, the Messi Magic came crucially in the 92nd minute’s injury time when he scored his 500th career goal from a counter attack pass from Jordi Alba which he smartly placed at the blind side of real’s goalie Keylor Navas just near the goal post.
C. Ronaldo was seen throughout the match struggling to make an impact after his only fierce shot on target was saved by Ter Stegen who made 12 impressive blocks for Barcelona.