Lionel Messi as soon as once more failed to attain in El Clasico as Real Madrid beat rivals Barcelona 2-1 at house in an entertaining, rain-soaked encounter to go high of La Liga for the primary time in three months.
The final time Messi scored in El Clasico was 2018 and has now gone seven straight video games with out scoring in opposition to Madrid.
Karim Benzema put Madrid forward within the 14th minute whereas a deflected Toni Kroos free kick doubled their lead within the twenty eighth.
Barca hit again on the hour mark by way of Oscar Mingueza and the defender virtually discovered the equaliser in a while, whereas the Catalans had an enormous penalty attraction waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a problem by Ferland Mendy.
Real midfielder Casemiro was despatched off in stoppage time for selecting up two yellow playing cards within the house of a minute whereas Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba hit the crossbar within the fourth minute of added time.
The hosts survived the nail-biting end to finish the double over Barca in a league season for the primary time since 2008 and spherical off a sensational week after beating Liverpool 3-1 in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.
Zinedine Zidane’s facet joined Atletico Madrid on 66 factors and moved high of the desk, though Atletico can reclaim first place once they go to Real Betis on Sunday.
Barca, who misplaced for the primary time within the league since early December, dropped to 3rd on 65.
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