Real Madrid defeated their major rivals Barcelona 2-1 at home in one of the toughest Clasico matches on Saturday.
The latest win by Real Madrid against FC Barcelona has for the first time propelled them to top of the table in three months. Further, this victory has stretched their winning run to six game in all the competitions.
“This is a huge win for us, you could say that it was as important as a final but we’ll have to keep on fighting for a while yet,” said Real defender Nacho.
“We were excellent on the counterattack, we knew they would want the ball and could do us damage with it but we got a two-goal advantage which put us in a very strong position.” He added.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Karim Benzema put the champions in charge at a soggy Alfredo di Stefano stadium with a delightful backheel in the 14th minute while a deflected Toni Kroos free kick doubled their lead in the 28th.
The Post added that Barcelona hit back on the hour mark through Oscar Mingueza and the defender almost found the equalizer later on, while the Catalans had a huge penalty appeal waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a challenge by Ferland Mendy.
Real midfielder Casemiro was sent off in stoppage time for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a minute while Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba hit the crossbar in the fourth minute of added time.