La Liga: El Clasico Lives Up To Expectations

By Aydin Reyhan
Photo courtesy of Barcelona’s official Facebook page

Real Madrid at Barcelona was an El Clasico that will not be soon forgotten, thanks to the referee’s errors. Whether it be the no-call on Javier Mascherano hacking Cristiano Ronaldo down in the area or the soft yellow cards given out to both dies, this was not a properly officiated game by any means.

Regardless, Barcelona ran out 2-1 winners with two decent goals through Neymar and Alexis Sanchez, who should take the honors with the prettiest chipped in goal in a long time while Jese Rodriguez connected on a  late consolation in the dying minutes. They both had their share of missed chances, but the home side hit one more, which was enough for all three points.

Real Madrid was undone by the referee’s decision to not award Ronaldo the much-deserved penalty kick, as he was hit down from the back by Mascherano. However, a minute later brought about a brilliant Madrid chance through Karim Benzema,who spun the rifled ball off the crossbar from roughly 25 yards out of frame. Those two events pretty much summed up a very frustrating day for Los Galacticos.

When comparing the debuts of Neymar and Gareth Bale, the former had the much better one, as he opened the scoring and was robbed of a second as keeper Diego Lopez blocked a point blank rocket. In addition to that, he sent Sanchez through on goal to double the score line before Rodriguez cut the deficit in half.

Bale dribbled, fell, dribbled some more and took two shots that were both sky high. He was nowhere near his Tottenham form and really there should be no more excuses given in his benefit.

Judging by today’s match, Neymar is hands down the better player in comparison.

Now Real Madrid trails Barca by six points as they remain in third place, while the winners are now four points clear of Atletico Madrid, who will face Real Betis tomorrow.

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