A Lionel Messi hat-trick, including two penalties, allowed FC Barcelona to go subvert Real Madrid (4-3) and believe again under after a nervous clasico who gave orders to Atletico after 29th day of the Spanish Championship.
Twists galore, three penalties whistled in total, a red card for Sergio Ramos and ultimately, a suspense found in Liga match at the Bernabeu will probably talk a lot but Barca, which was announced at the end of cycle, holds a real feat.
It took him back to it twice score despite an early Andres Iniesta (7) goal. Benzema scored twice (20, 24) put Real ahead, before Messi equalized (42) and that the meeting go crazy with a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo (55) and two Messi (65, 84).
Classification, Barca (69 points) glue together to a small point on the head, now occupied Atletico (70), winner of the earlier Real Betis (2-0) thanks to Gabi and Diego Costa. The Colchoneros ahead of Real (70) in favor of goal difference.
“I think the league again, welcomed coach Gerardo Martino Barcelona. At one point, we were given for almost died in the championship With this result we raised in the fight for the title. ”
Beyond the accounting aspect, the dynamics of Real, undefeated in five months, is broken. Barça and the relaunched with a victory at the end of a war of nerves.
On input, a first bombshell rocked the Bernabeu when Messi launched in Andres Iniesta surface author of a cannon on the left below (7).
But after a failure of the Argentine striker, left alone with the keeper (15) Real regained his senses thanks to Benzema, who has bought several initial failures: first with a header after a cross from Di Maria (20) and a control sequence unstoppable volley on a pass from Argentina (24).
– Ramos expelled –
In turn, the Madrid missed the KO, Benzema found Gerard Pique off the line (27) and sending off a pretty head extension (45). Which allowed Messi equalized with a shot close to the post and become the only scorer in the history of clasicos with this 19th goal.
With a score of 2-2 at intermission, the plot was returned to its starting point.
But it was enough of a Cristiano Ronaldo tumbled again to unleash passions. Portuguese, apparently hanging off the surface by Dani Alves, collapsed inside and whistle a generous penalty that “CR7” hastened to transform (55).
After such a thunderbolt, Sergio Ramos should have avoided be open to possible compensation. But Madrid defender retained in the surface Neymar spun on goal and the referee could only whistle again: red card and penalty for Messi, who scored with a cool (65).
A ten against eleven and without Benzema replaced by a defender Raphael Varane the French, there were a half-hour stand for Real.
Close to conceding a fourth goal on a shot from Dani Alves on the pole (74), Madrid finally relented when Xabi Alonso Iniesta pushed into the surface, causing a new penalty converted by Messi for his 21st goal in La Liga this season ( 84).
“These are a lot of mistakes for one game,” Ronaldo criticized, bitter after the game, before promising a start: “We are sad because we deserved better, but the struggle continues.”