BARCELONA (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck the champ as 10-man Real Madrid dug out from a deficit to end Barcelona’s 39-amusement unbeaten run 2-1 in El Clasico at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Gerard Pique’s towering header put the hosts in front on the night they respected incredible previous player and mentor Johan Cruyff.
Yet, Karim Benzema immediately leveled before Ronaldo let go home five minutes from time after Madrid chief Sergio Ramos had seen the 21st red card of his profession.
Triumph diminishes Barca’s lead over third-set Madrid to seven focuses with seven recreations remaining.
Atletico Madrid shut the hole on the pioneers to six focuses with a 5-1 whipping of Real Betis prior on Saturday.
“I loved everything from my players both protectively and obnoxiously against an extraordinary group with great players,” said Madrid supervisor Zinedine Zidane after a fruitful first Clasico in control.
“When I see the group like this, battling for their colleagues, it is the best thing for a mentor.”
There was an emotive tribute to Cruyff before commencement with more than 90,000 fans holding up a presentation perusing “Thank you Johan” nearby a Barca shirt with the number 14 the Dutch incredible enhanced amid his playing profession.
Yet, it was a tragic end to a tremendous keep running for the European champions as they tasted rout surprisingly since losing at Sevilla in October.
“Their first objective harmed us and disorientated us and got us out of position,” said Barca mentor Luis Enrique.
“One day it needed to happen and it happened today. Presently we need to plan for the Champions League, rest and continue onward.”
Barca began by a wide margin the better and just an amazing miss by Luis Suarez let Madrid free on 10 minutes.
Neymar unselfishly squared for his Uruguayan strike accomplice, however Suarez neglected to make any association from his low cross with the objective at his kindness.
The hosts were rankled halfway through the half when Lionel Messi hoped to have been brought around Ramos right on the edge of the zone, however ref Alejandro Jose Hernandez waved play on with Ramos as of now having been reserved.
Madrid developed into the diversion as the main half advanced lastly undermined the Barca objective when Ronaldo’s shot was beaten away by Claudio Bravo before Gareth Bale bursted a volley over from a slender point.
Barca began on the front foot again after the break and Navas made a splendid recovery to keep Messi’s nervy chipped exertion gliding in at the far post.
Yet, that spare just immediately denied Barca as Pique rose most astounding to power home Rakitic’s corner on 56 minutes.
The lead endured only six minutes, however, as Benzema swiveled to impact home Toni Kroos’ avoided cross into the base corner.
Parcel had the opportunity to turn the diversion on its head, however his agreeable exertion on his favored left foot was effortlessly held by Bravo as Madrid again undermined on the counter-assault.
The Welshman had the ball in the net nine minutes from time, however was staggeringly sad to be punished for a push on Jordi Alba as he headed in.
Ronaldo then let go against the bar and Bravo spared a one-on-one with Bale as Madrid’s pace on the break started to shred a drained looking Barca.
The guests’ trusts of a renowned win hoped to have gone when Ramos was at last given his walking requests for a brief moment booking in the wake of cleaving down Suarez seven minutes from time.
In any case, only two minutes after the fact Ronaldo struck the victor as he controlled Bale’s cross to the far post before opening under Bravo.