Real Madrid get second Clásico victory in five days | inside World Soccer

Sergio Ramos' late header gave Real Madrid a thrilling 2-1 home win over Barcelona and their second win over bitter rivals in five days.

Sergio Ramos rises above Gerard Piqué to score Real Madrid's winning goal against Barcelona
Sergio Ramos rises above Gerard Piqué to score Real Madrid's winning goal against Barcelona

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With Cristiano Ronaldo looking on from the bench, Karim Benzema gave the hosts the perfect start in a rare Saturday afternoon game when he tapped home Álvaro Morata's cross after just six minutes.

The game then settled into its usual rhythm when Barça play as they dominated the ball but the Catalans failed to create many chances.

Barcelona did equalise 12 minutes later, though, as Lionel Messi finished off a Daniel Alves feed to score his 16th straight league game, and equal Alfredo Di Stéfano's Clásico record of 18 goals.

The opening stages of the second period were largely uneventful but Madrid's decision to spring Ronaldo from the bench sparked the hosts back into life.

And José Mourinho's side eventually found the winner when Ramos rose highest to head home Luka Modrić's corner in the 82nd minute.

There was still time for more drama as Barça were denied a penalty when Adriano went over after a challenge by Ramos and Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés was sent off after the final whistle for the vociferous manner of his protests.


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