NEW REAL MADRID 0-1 BARCELONA: Gareth Bale was whistled off as Real Madrid were beaten for the second time in four days by Barcelona. The league is now definitely beyond them, and the relationship between Bale and the Bernabeu may also be completely beyond repair. Four Champions League don’t save you when this crowd turn on you. Is there any way back after such as cacophony? He wasn’t the worst in another very poor performance from Madrid but he felt the full force of 80,000 very unhappy supporters.
Gareth Bale was whistled off as Real Madrid were beaten for the second time in four days by Barcelona. The league is now definitely beyond them, and the relationship between Bale and the Bernabeu may also be completely beyond repair.
Four Champions League don’t save you when this crowd turn on you. Is there any way back after such as cacophony? He wasn’t the worst in another very poor performance from Madrid but he felt the full force of 80,000 very unhappy supporters.
It wasn’t the usual smattering of jeers, it was a shrill din that lasted from the moment his number 11 came up on 62 minutes with him out on the other side of the pitch, to the moment he crossed the line, not shaking hands with coach Santiago Solari.
Ivan Rakitic struck midway through the first half to hand Barcelona a crucial La Liga advantage
Gareth Bale was whistled off as Real Madrid were beaten for the second time in four days by Barcelona
There was a flashpoint when Sergio Ramos appeared to catch his counterpart Lionel Messi and an altercation ensued
They never took to him when things were going well. What hope now as another season slides towards and all or nothing Champions League campaign?
They play Ajax on Tuesday in the European Cup. They are now 12 points behind leaders Barcelona and Europe is all they have to play for. Bale will not start that crucial second leg.
The first half was not so much a battle between Madrid and Barcelona as a battle between Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi.
Having not scored in the cup win in midweek – and not played in the Camp Nou Clasico earlier this season – Messi was up for this one.
Real Madrid playmaker Toni Kroos is stalked by Barcelona enforcer Sergio Busquets as the match heats up
Young left-back Sergio Reguilon skips past Busquets as he puts in a strong first-half performance
Rakitic produced a stunning finish from Sergi Roberto’s ball to put the visitors ahead in the La Liga clash
Rakitic and Messi enjoy the stunning strike that looks to set to extend Barcelona’s continued dominance in La Liga
Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr impressed for the hosts but was unable to produce a decisive contribution
He was furious when he played a long diagonal pass to Ousmane Dembele who then, despite Messi’s sprint to the edge of the area, did not get the ball back as Dembele sent a wild cross beyond everyone.
Ramos was marking Messi and in the first period of the first half and there was sportsmanship between two with a high-five of sorts instigated by Ramos after he had got in just ahead of Messi to win the ball. That peace would not last.
Ramos’ good humour did not survive Barcelona’s goal. Ivan Rakitic scored it lifting the ball over Courtois’ dive after being sent down the right channel by Sergio Robert. Ramos’ was the last ditch challenge on the goalscorer that came just to late.
Frenchman Ousmane Dembele attempts to trick his way past Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal
Talisman and captain Messi was denied a goal against his club’s close rivals but still shone at times
REAL MADRID: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguilon, Casemiro (Isco 76), Modric, Kroos (Valverde 55), Bale (Asensio 61), Vinicius, Benzema
SUBS NOT USED: Navas, Marcelo, Vazquez, Ceballos
BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets (Semedo 90), Rakitic, Arthur (Vidal 71), Dembele (Coutinho 78), Suarez, Messi.
SUBS NOT USED: Cillessen, Alena, Umtit, Malcom
GOALS: Rakitic 26
BOOKED: Busquets, Lenglet
REFEREE: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
The move came indirectly from Toni Kroos been caught in possession he went right where there was no one to pass to instead of going left where Vinicius was screaming for the ball and lost possession.
From the next move Barça’s goal came.
Madrid perked up after the goal and Sergio Reguilon shot from distance just wide. But their next shot from Vinicius was so bad it went out for a throw.
Barcelona still looked very dangerous on the break and Luis Suarez complained to the referee at what looked like a handball in the area from Dani Carvajal.
From the free-kick Messi sent the ball just over. He was starting to get away from Ramos and the dirty-tricks campaign was really getting started.
He blatantly stuck out a leg to bring down Messi and having completely escaped with that misdemeanor went one step further clipping Messi’s top lip with a flailing forearm.
Rival captains Ramos and Messi clash as tempers flare in a passionate match at the Bernabeu
The Argentinian fires an effort at goal as his side grind out victory to extend their lead in La Liga to 10 points
Karim Benzema misses a golden chance to level the scores but the whistle is blown to spare the striker’s blushes
Thibaut Courtois comes to Real Madrid’s rescue to deny Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from close range
Los Blancos boss Santiago Solari attempts to get his side moving but the defeat spells the end of their La Liga title hopes
Messi stayed down and Real Madrid played on. The replays showed the contact and what looked like intent but VAR did not intervene and as the referee blew for half-time he was swamped by complaining Barcelona players. No one was more irate than Messi rolling back his lip to show referee Alberto Undiano the damage.
Real Madrid did not improve at the start at the second half and Kroos was replaced by Fede Valverde with some timid whistles for the departing German though nothing compared with what came for Bale.
Madrid huffed and puffed and to great applause Spanish internationals Isco and Marco Asensio were brought on to no great effect.
The kids Vinicius and Reguilon had again been Madrid’s best players.
Ramos finally picked up a yellow card for another foul on Messi midway through the second half. He hates losing and especially we so little resistance.
Madrid had not just lost the game. Save what would be an incredible fourth straight Champions League, their season is lost too.