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Mathieu and Suárez steer Barcelona 4 points clear on top the table after el clasico victory

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona (L) celebrates with Luis Suarez as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Unlikely heroes. That’s what great stories are made off!

Barcelona went into this game as the top team, the team in form while Madrid went in as well, Madrid. 🙂 Everything was at stake this evening. Reputation, bragging rights, the goals, and, of course, the points.

Barcelona started the game rather hurriedly holding onto a 63% possession, only for Madrid to get the better of them during the first half, settling at a lesser speed. Bale almost found an opening in the 6th minute after collecting a nice pass from Isco, but Pique was positioned perfectly to prevent damage. In the 12th minute, Ronaldo hits the bar. A minute later, Isco went wide.

Suárez  earns a free kick and Messi clips it into the box. Mathieu gets ahead of Ramos and GOAL! The big Frenchman rocketed a fantastic header in the bottom right corner to put Barcelona in front. Pepe is yellow-carded in the 21st minute. In the 26th minute, Marcelo strikes, but Mathieu is there to cover well. In the 28th minute Suárez gets booked. In the 31st minute, Neymar misses a wonderful opportunity to make it 2-0, Madrid goes on the counter, Benzema beautifully flick the ball into the path of Ronaldo, who struck goal pass Bravo for the equalizer.

In the 37th, Alba is booked for protesting to the referee at Ronaldo’s dive, and Cristiano also gets booked for diving. Madrid thought they went ahead in the 40th minute when Ronaldo provided for Bale, who scored, but the flag was up for offside. Ronaldo was caught offside. Ramos is booked before half time.

Madrid started the second half with a vengeance. Carvajal goes into the book in the 48th minute, Modric in the 52nd. Madrid might have been 2-3 goals up in the early stage of this half had it not been for the heroics of Bravo. We wasted many opportunities too, but in the 56th minute, Alves crosses for Suárez, who made no mistake in finding the back of Casillas’ net. Beautiful goal against the run of play and it is with this goal in this clasico, that Suárez instantly became a legend.

Mascherano is booked in the 61st minute after Ronaldo kicked out at him and he went down clutching his face. I mean, seriously Mascherano! What kind of behavior was that? The yellow card continued to rain at the Camp Nou when Isco was booked in the 64th minute and Iniesta in the next minute. Alves was not to miss out on this party when he went into the book in the 71st minute.

Messi came close to scoring in the 73rd minute, but tonight was not to be for the little magician. Alba could have gotten our 3rd after going one-on-one with the goalie, but Casillas made the vital save. Barcelona had the edge in the closing minutes, but 2-1 will be the final scoreline on this eclectic evening.

My MOTM was Mathieu and Pique. They held down the back perfectly.

SCENES !!!

Barcelona line up prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Real Madrid line up prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona (R) scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona (R) celebrates as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF (4) reacts as Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona (L) celebrates with Luis Suarez as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona (L) celebrates with Luis Suarez as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona (24) celebrates with Luis Suarez (9) as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona (24) is mobbed by team mates as he scores their first goal with a header during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (R) celebrates with Pepe (L) as he scores their first and equalising goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz talks to Luis Suarez of Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz intervenes as Neymar of Barcelona and Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF clash during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz shows a yellow card to Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Enrique manager of Barcelona gives instructions during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF  (2L) shoots past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Barcelona as he scores their first and equalising goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF battles with Javier Mascherano of Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on as Gerard Pique of Barcelona attempts an overhead kick under challenge from Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on as Gerard Pique of Barcelona attempts an overhead kick under challenge from Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona takes on Marcelo (L), Cristiano Ronaldo (2R) and Toni Kroos of Real Madrid CF (R) during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona shoots past Sergio Ramos and Pepe of Real Madrid CF to score their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (grounded) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (grounded) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (grounded) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (grounded) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (grounded) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (grounded) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (R) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona (R) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Andres Iniesta of Barcelona jumps with Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Daniel Alves of Barcelona evades Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Enrique manager of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Lionel Messi and Neymar of Barcelona line up a free kick during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Carlo Ancelotti head coach of Real Madrid CF looks on as Lionel Messi of Barcelona is assisted by Marcelo of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Javier Mascherano of Barcelona celebrates as Luis Suarez  scores their second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Xavi of Barcelona salutes the crowd after victory in the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrate victory after the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrate victory after the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

(L-R) Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Claudio Bravo of Barcelona celebrate victory after the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona embraces Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF after the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

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