Barcelona won an enthralling Clasico 3-2 away to Madrid on Sunday, Lionel Messi scoring his second of the match – and 500th club goal – with the last kick of the game.
Ivan Rakitic was the other Barca scorer in an absorbing contest that also saw Sergio Ramos sent off, while Casemiro and James Rodriguez were on target for Madrid.
Luis Enrique, who is leaving Barca at the end of the season, oversaw a famous 4-0 win over a Madrid team managed by Rafael Benitez in November 2015, with this latest victory giving him two on the bounce.
Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, suffered the first defeat of his Clasico managerial career in his third match against Barca.
After referee Alejandro Hernandez gave Ramos his marching orders for a two-footed lunge on Lionel Messi in the 78th minute, the Madrid defender argued with the official for a few moments. He then put the captain’s armband on Marcelo and started to leave the field.
The Brazil star “Neymar” was shown a red card in Barca’s 2-0 defeat at Malaga and earned an additional two-match ban for sarcastically applauding an assistant referee on his way down the tunnel.
Neymar served his automatic ban in Barca’s 3-2 win over Real Sociedad, but the club appealed against the additional punishment to the Spanish Football Federation before escalating the issue once that appeal was rejected.
The Portuguese “Cristiano Ronaldo” attacker went to ground inside Barca’s 18-yard box in the first few minutes under a Samuel Umtiti challenge, but was it enough contact to justify giving a penalty?
Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal in second-half stoppage time as his side beat 10-man Real Madrid 3-2 in an unbelievable Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu, a victory that puts them top of LaLiga.
Messi had the last word, finishing off a slick move that had been started by Sergi Roberto, converting Jordi Alba‘s cutback with a trademark left-footed finish and celebrating by holding his shirt up to a dismayed Bernabeu.
Barca Celebration at Bernabeu locker room: