In a match for the ages, Barcelona beat rival Real Madrid 3-2 on the road on Sunday in El Clasico to move into first place on goal differential, with Lionel Messi scoring twice, including the winner in the 92nd minute against the 10-men hosts.
After going down 1-0, Barca responded to take a 2-1 lead before James Rodriguez's late goal made it look like the two giants with exit with a point a piece. But that wasn't all as Barca's desperation attempt on the counter produced a strike from Messi that will go down as one of his biggest in his career.
Though it ended well for Barca, it didn't start well. Casemiro made it 1-0 28 minutes in for the hosts on this strike:
With all of the momentum, Real couldn't keep Barca out as:
The goalkeepers then went back and forth with brilliant save after brilliant save until Ivan Rakitic scored another big goal in another big match for the Catalans, making it 2-1 in the 73rd minute with this hit:
Sergio Ramos then received a red card for a horrible challenge on Messi four minutes later, and Real looked doomed down a man:
But James came off the bench and delivered in the 85th, leaving Jordi Alba behind by running front post and scoring:
But, it was not over. Messi scored his 500th career goal for Barca at the death to give the visitors all three points:
Anything short of a win for Barca would have been a disappointment, but Messi stepped up on one of the biggest stages and delivered a result Barca fans won't soon forget, and one that blows the race in La Liga wide open.
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