Real Madrid are now top of the La Liga table after doing the double over Barcelona for the first time since 2007-08 by winning 2-1 on Saturday night, April 10

33-year-old Benzema was first to meet Lucas Vazquez’s low cross towards the near post, squeezing a backheeled flick past Marc-Andre ter Stegen for his 25th goal in 35 appearances this season.


Barcelona fell further behind when Kroos’ free-kick took a deflection off Sergino Dest on its way past Ter Stegen.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane


Federico Valverde could have made it 3-0 before half-time, but his shot across goal came back off the inside of the far post.


In the second half Coach Ronaldo Koeman ditched Dest and brought in Griezmann.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane


But it was Oscarueza who pulled one back for Barca before Madrid’s Casemiro was shown a late red card.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane


Barca almost snatched a draw in second-half stoppage time when Moriba thumped a loose ball against Courtois’ crossbar, but Real held on to record three consecutive El Clasico wins for the first time since 1978.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane

The result takes Real Madrid level on points with Atletico Madrid but are ahead of their city rivals because of their superior head-to-head record.


Atletico, who led La Liga by 10 points as recently as 31 January, can reclaim top spot with victory at Real Betis on Sunday.