Real Madrid jumped to the apical of the La Liga array to instrumentality canvass presumption successful an aggravated rubric contention aft they defeated Barcelona 2-1 successful the El Clasico 2021 astatine location connected Saturday. Goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos gave Zinedine Zidane's men the 2nd El Clasico triumph of the season.
Real Madrid moved to the apical spot aft they picked up 3 important points against their arch-rivals astatine the Santiago Bernabeu. Zidane's men are tied connected points with Atletico Madrid astatine 66 but the 2nd-placed broadside person a crippled successful hand. Barcelona are astatine the 3rd spot but person conscionable 1 constituent little than the 2 Madrid clubs.
Real Madrid managed to keep Lionel Messi quiet erstwhile again arsenic the Barcelona superstar has gone 7 consecutive Clasicos without a goal. Oscar Mingueza scored for Barcelona astatine the hr people but the Catalan nine ended up connected the losing broadside contempt respective adjacent opportunities successful the last fewer minutes.
Lionel Messi deed the station from a country successful the archetypal fractional portion a changeable from Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba came disconnected the barroom successful the past infinitesimal of added time.
Being successful the pb changes thing for us: Zidane
Notably, Barcelona person ne'er won a La Liga rubric aft losing some the Clasicos to Real Madrid but manager Zinedine Zidane played down talks of the triumph connected Saturday being decisive successful the rubric race. The effect came conscionable 4 days aft the defending Spanish league champions defeated Liverpool successful their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match.— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) April 10, 2021
"We person to bask what we've been doing. We got 2 precise bully results and it wasn't easy," Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said.
"Being successful the pb won't alteration thing for us. We person to support moving hard."
Koeman fumes implicit denied penalties
On the different hand, Barcelona manager Ronaldo Koeman was not blessed with the refereeing, expressing his disappointment implicit being denied 2 penalties successful the last minutes. The Catalans had 2 precocious punishment claims arsenic they chased the game, with Martin Braithwaite going to crushed some times aft challenges from Ferland Mendy.
"If you're a Barcelona instrumentality and you saw this crippled you'd beryllium precise annoyed with 2 of the referee's decisions. It was a clear, wide punishment and past helium lone gave 4 minutes of stoppage time," helium said.
After having been knocked retired aboriginal from the Champions League competition, Barcelona are desparate to triumph the league rubric arsenic rather a fewer things, including Messi's aboriginal astatine the club, are astatine stake. Messi has his declaration with Barcelona ending this season. The Argentina prima expressed his tendency to permission the Catalan nine past twelvemonth but had the petition denied.