FOOTBALL: Ronaldo Ends Barca’s 39-match Unbeaten Run

Realmadrid ended Barcelona’s 39 match unbeaten run by revenging the 4-0 loss suffered at the Bernabeau earlier in the season with a 2-1 win at the Camp Nou.

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The game started in a frantic pace as Barcelona played their ususal tikitaka style with Realmadrid trying to contain them and hit on the counter.Barcelona should really have been ahead as early as the third minute as Suarez came out on top of a Ramos tackle,played it to Neymar and Neymar’s ball across goal was somehow fluffed by Suarez,from then on,it was all Barcelona playing the game and Realmadrid hitting on the counter.Benzema has a chance to give Madrid the lead but somehow blazed over from just few yards after receiving a cross from Bale on the right.Rakitic also had a good shot saved by Keylor Navas and Messi also tested the keeper with a rasping lob which he did well to save.

The second half started in the same pace as Realmadrid were happy to sit behind and hit Barcelona on the counter while Barcelona was passing the ball around but finding it hard to break a resilient Realmadrid defence,marshalled by Ramos and Pepe.Then came the goal,from the unlikeliest of manners,considering Realmadrid’s aerial prowess,they would never expect to concede from a corner but they did.After two corners were consecutively defended,the third consecutive corner,well taken was scored by Pique after Pepe lost his man.It didn’t take long though,a Realmadrid move from the right,the ball fell to Kross who went to the byline and sent a cross which was deflected to the path of Benzema who adjusted and bent a rasping shot into the net.Game On.Ramos who has been on thin ice all through the game really was finally given his marching orders in the 83rd minute for a foul on Luis Suarez and just when you expected it to go all Barcelona’s way,the opposite was the case,a marauding Carvajal run was made and he gave the ball to Bale who went to the right byline and crossed the ball to the far post where Ronaldo was waiting patiently,Alves missed the ball and it allowed Ronaldo to chest down and fire the ball in between Bravo’s legs and into the net for the winner.Barcelona didn’t offer much after that and the game ended.

Realmadrid had gained a famous win against title rivals and cut the gap between them to seven points and just one point between them and town rivals Atletico Madrid.

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