It may only be December, but Real Madrid's hopes of winning La Liga may be gone. Barcelona, the clear front-runner to win the league, won El Clasico on Saturday, beating Real Madrid 3-0 in the Spanish capital behind goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
The first half saw each team with chances, with Real looking a bit sharper and Cristiano Ronaldo missing a shocker, but the tide turned in the second half as Suarez scored early before Real was left with 10 men following a red card on Dani Carvajal, which gave Barca a penalty that Messi would not miss.
It was the 54th minute when a delightful counter saw Sergi Roberto play Suarez through for the opener got the scoring going:
GOOOOOOAL!!!@SergiRoberto10 lays up @LuisSuarez9 to put @FCBarcelona 14 points north of @realmadriden #ElClasico pic.twitter.com/RLtZLgoFrw— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) December 23, 2017
Then something wild happen. In the span of 10 seconds, the ball hit the post, there was a red card, players falling down and more. In the end, Carvajal received a deserved red card for his clear handball to stop a goal:
🛑 @DaniCarvajal92 gets his marching orders after confusing himself for @NavasKeylor. @FCBarcelona are awarded a PK. #ElClasico pic.twitter.com/vb6zFuASyG— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) December 23, 2017
And Messi put the game, and maybe the race in La Liga, away:
GOOOOOOOAL!!!!@TeamMessi makes no mistake from the spot and takes his Bernabeu tally to 1️⃣5️⃣ goals! #ElClasico pic.twitter.com/I1iA9I1p3O— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) December 23, 2017
In stoppage time, with the Bernabeu emptying, Aleix Vidal put away a third goal to put a bow on it for Barca.
The 3-0 victory moves Barcelona nine clear atop the table as La Liga enters the winter break, while Real Madrid loses for the third time this season in league play and looks nearly out of the title race in December.
Barca, for the first time, has won three straight league matches at Real Madrid.
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