El Clasico – Barcelona vs Real Madrid player ratings: Cristiano Ronaldo goal seals win but Gareth Bale stands out

3 Apr

Cristiano Ronaldo scored late for 10-man Real Madrid to snatch a 2-1 comeback win at Barcelona and revive their slim hopes of challenging for the La Liga title.

After a lacklustre first half that followed a moving tribute to the late Johan Cruyff, Barcelona’s Gerard Pique powered home a header to open the scoring in the 56th minute. 

Karim Benzema, who had been a peripheral figure before the break, equalised with an acrobatic finish six minutes later. 

Gareth Bale thought he had won it for the visitors with a header late on, only for the assistant referee to judge that he had jumped unfairly with Jordi Alba.

Ronaldo slotted in the winner in the 85th, moments after Madrid’s Sergio Ramos received a second booking.

Madrid remained in third place, one point behind Atletico Madrid after its 5-1 win over Real Betis, reducing the deficit with Barcelona to seven points with seven rounds of fixtures left. 

Madrid’s first win at Camp Nou since 2013 also ended Barcelona’s Spanish record unbeaten streak at 39 games across all competitions. 

How did we rate each player’s performance in club football’s biggest game? Take a look at the gallery to find out…

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Additional reporting by AP


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