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How to solve a problem like Real

Hello and welcome to The Corner.

Today in our programme we will talk about what happened in the most followed football match in the world, ‘‘El Clásico”.

Real Madrid and Barcelona didn’t disappoint spectators and put on a great display… all the way to the very last minute.

If there was one stand-out player, well, that was Leo Messi.

Match review

On Sunday night in Madrid, Lionel Messi showed his class, scoring twice as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in El Clasico.

The home team took the lead through Brazilian defensive midfielder Casemiro after 28 minutes

But just five minutes later, Messi levelled to make it one each at half time.

Croatian Ivan Rakitic put the Catalan side ahead with 17 minutes remaining

And with only ten minutes to go, Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos was sent off.

It looked as if Barcelona would win form that position, but Madrid’s 10 men did manage to draw level through James on 85 minutes.

Real thought they were safe, but it wasn’t enough.

The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi won the game in the ninty-second minute.

It was a shock for Real, who have never before lost to Barca in extra time at the Bernabeu.

The teams are matched on 75 points atop La Liga, though Real have a game in hand.

Up&Down

Let’s see who had a good night, and who didn’t pass the test.

Up – Leo Messi was superb yesterday, he scored his 500th goal with Barcelona, is now the all-time top-scorer in El Clásico (15) surpassing Alfredo Di Stefano (14).

Up – Ter Stegen made 12 saves, the highest tally for a Barca ‘keeper in a La Liga game since the 2003/04 season.

Down – Sergio Ramos. He was shown a record 5th red card in El Clásico.

Down – Real Madrid. It was the first time in history that Real Madrid lost a home game in La Liga in extra time.

What are the Spanish and Catalan media saying?

Following our analysis of el Clásico, let’s take a look to the front pages of the main Spanish sport newspapers.

Can you guess who’s the star?

MARCA: MESSI DECIDES: WE HAVE A LIGA

MUNDO DEPORTIVO: ECSTASY

SPORT: SAINT MESSI

L’ESPORTIU: REMEMBER MY NAME

We might be wrong

And now, here are our predictions for some of the matches taking place this week.

Remember, you can play along with us on social media. Send your predictions to the usual hashtag: #TheCornerScores.

Bayern Munich 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund (DFB Cup semifinal)

Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are out of European competition, but we think Bayern will come out on top.

Paris Saint-Germain 2 -1 Monaco (Coupe de France semifinal)

In the French cup, holders Paris St-Germain face challengers Monaco.
We think they’ll be too strong for the 5-time victors.

Manchester City 1-1 Manchester United (Premier League)

And in the premier league, it’s the Manchester derby. At the Etihad, the Blues will be hoping for a second win against their rivals, after a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in September.

Bloopers

In this Clásico, Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t at his best… But take a look at his son, Cristiano Jr.

He seems to be learning from his dad’s, gestures when scoring a free kick.

The Corner is back next Monday with the latest news of the European football, see you then.

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