A fantastic finish from Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in a typically frantic ‘Clasico’ on Sunday as they stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to four points over their rivals.
While the personal battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo captured the attention before the game, it was Uruguayan Suarez who settled the contest with a sublime finish by putting the ball into the corner of the net after 56 minutes.
Los Blancos created the first great chance of the night in the 13th minute as Karim Benzema served a great ball across to Cristiano Ronaldo at the back post, but the reigning Ballon d’Or winner smashed it off the crossbar.
Barcelona went ahead against the run of play when French defender Jeremy Mathieu headed home his first league goal for the Catalan club from a Lionel Messi’s free-kick after 18 minutes.
Real Madrid drew level in the 31st minute with some excellent play of their own as Toni Kroos sent a direct ball to the feet of Benzema, who deftly back-heeled it into the path of an on-rushing Ronaldo and the Portuguese international poked it into the bottom left corner.
Real pressed forward with Gareth Bale and Benzema missing golden chances before Suarez took his opportunity. Neymar was also very wasteful in front of goal as Barcelona held on to the win. Lionel Messi was unable to create clear cut chances for himself but was a torn all through the night for Madrid defenders.
Barca finished the stronger as they secured a significant victory in the title race that moved them on to 68 points from 28 games, four ahead of second-placed Real with 10 matches left.