One of the best El Clasico ever and everybody wanted to leave a mark on the game. The two keepers, Ter Stegen and Navas were having a battle of their own letting nothing go by. Both the teams had ample chances and on target too, but the spectacular saves by the men between the posts took everyone’s breath away. Messi was beaten, wounded and blooded but that didn’t stop him from rising to the occasion in a grand way. Marcelo’s elbow caught Messi in the jaw and he spent most of the half with a tissue in his mouth to stop the bleeding.
The most entertaining Clasico in recent seasons was packed with incidents and talking points, Lionel Messi’s injury-time winner kept Barcelona in hunt for La Liga following the Argentina international’s winning goal with the very last touch of the game, which sends his side to the top of the standings, albeit with Madrid having a game in hand. The first half flew by as Casemiro put Madrid in front after Ramos hit the woodwork but Messi equalised for the visitors with a jaw dropping individual goal. The second period was just as dramatic, as Ivan Rakitic fired Barca 2-1 ahead and Sergio Ramos was sent off (again) for hacking down Messi before substitute James Rodriguez appeared from nowhere to make it 2-2 off a corner. Barcelona fans couldn’t have asked for a better script than Messi scoring an outstanding goal with literally the last touch of the game. Messi then celebrated in a way that left everyone surprised by displaying his jersey in the face of the Madrid fans for which he saw a yellow card.
After Barcelona’s Champions League exit to Juventus last week there was a lot of talk about how Messi hadn’t scored in either leg against the Italians, and then about how he had not netted in any of his last six Clasicos. But cometh the moment cometh the man, Messi’s second goal of the game was one of the biggest of his career. What a moment for Barca and for Messi leaving the La Liga race deadlocked.
Twitter went absolutely wild post Barca’s win in one of the best ever Clasicos, take a look:
Imagine scoring 500 goals.
Imagine it being against Madrid.
Imagine it was a winner.
The last kick.
— Jeff Patterson (@oldskooljp66) April 24, 2017
— °Anip° (@muhdhanif3700) April 24, 2017
— Jaideep Pal (@Jaideep_JP) April 24, 2017
— Sairaj R V (@SairajSr19) April 24, 2017
— whalę (@BAlSHEHHII) April 24, 2017
No better way to cap off his 500th goal for Barcelona than to score vs Real Madrid and in the last 10 secs of the match. Only 1 Lionel Messi
— El Máestro (@ElMaestrofcb) April 23, 2017
Do you think it was one of the best Clasico ever?