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Barcelona won the La Liga 17/18 “el clásico” in great fashion, with a 3-0 win at Santiago Bernabéu that took them up to a 14 point advantage over their opponents Real Madrid one game in hand). With a tremendous second half, the Catalans were inspired by a great performance from his star player, Lionel Messi, who ended the game with the perfect rating. One goal, one assist and unbelievable numbers from the Argentinian, who left Madrid almost out of the title contention.

The Match in Numbers 📊

  • Very intense first 10 minutes of the match with Madrid trying to score as fast as possible. The home side had 58% possession in that period and the only two shots in the game, one of them on target. Strangely enough, Madrid had a better passing accuracy than Barcelona (90%-86%).
  • Barça more competent with individual duels, winning 11 in total and four aerials – 6-2 for Real Madrid. Slowly the Catalans began to narrow spaces for Madrid to progress and that reflected on possession – 54%-46% in the first 25 minutes. Nevertheless, the visitors were struggling to shoot at goal.

  • First shot for Barça at the half-hour mark and it was a great chance for Paulinho, but Keylor Navas tipped the ball over the crossbar. In response, Cristiano Ronaldo made a low shot but saw Ter Stegen denying him 1-0.
  • Madrid continued to dominate the events with 53% possession after 40 minutes but also six shots, two on target, with Barça registering only three but also two with the best direction. But the visitors had the only big chance of the game, created by Lionel Messi and missed by Paulinho.

  • At this stage the Paulinho had two shots, both on target, and Cristiano three (one on target) and were the most active players as for shots at goal. Karim Benzema, though, hit the post after a great header just before half-time.
  • Half-time No goals in the big “el clásico” match at the break as both teams privileged security and teamwork to avoid spaces for their opponents. Real Madrid started well but Barça grew slowly and had the only big chance of the game. Nevertheless, the home side reached half-time with 51% possession, nine shots against four but both teams had two shots on goal. And Barcelona only conceded two foulsLionel Messi was the best in the first half, with a GoalPoint Rating of 6.4. The Argentinian created the only big chance of the game until that moment in two key passes and had success in both dribble attempts.

  • Barça was more dangerous and they ended-up scoring the first of the game. After 54 minutes, Rakitic served Sergi Roberto on the right and the right back assisted Luis Suárez for an easy goal.
  • It was the logic outcome of a brilliant beginning of second half for Barça. The Catalans reached 59% possession in the second half, (hour mark), with three shots, two on target. They were the best team and they took full advantage of it with simple processes.

  • In the 63rd minute, Messi discovered Suárez alone, but Keylor Navas denied the Uruguay attacker. But in the sequence of that play, Dani Carvajal denied Paulinho the goal by intercepting the ball with his hand. The defender saw red card and Messi made it 2-0 from the penalty spot. The game was in Barça’s pocket.
  • Messi’s goal was his 25th in “clásicos“, 17th in La Liga against Real, and his 15th at Bernabéu. He is the best scorer of all times in clashes between these two giants.

  • Gareth Bale came in after 72 minutes and Madrid pressed hard for goal, with the Welsh being denied by Ter Stegen in two occasions.
  • But Barcelona had it all covered and controlled and made it 3-0 in injury time, by Aleix Vidal, after an assist from Messi. Barça ended the match with 63% possession, 14 shots, nine of them on goal in the second half, numbers that turned the total stats to their favour.

Man of the Match 👑

Amazing game from Lionel Messi. The Argentinian ace is used to incredible displays, very high ratings and to scoring in important games, specially in “clásicos”, but this time he surpassed himself. With a tremendous performance in the second half, Messi registered the perfect score in our GoalPoint Ratings, a 10.0. Why? One goal in four shots (three on target), one assist, five big chances created in nine key passes (!), six successful dribbles in eight attempts. Strong enough?

Players in Focus 🔺🔻 

  • Keylor Navas 7.0 – The best player from Real Madrid was its keeper. Navas ended the match with eight saves, six of which after shots inside his penalty box. If it wasn’t for him the result would have been very different.
  • Ter Stegen 6.5 – Well, his counterpart from Barça also had a busy day, with five saves with his name, three of them after shots inside his penalty box. A great performance from the German keeper.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 5.6 – It wasn’t Ronaldo’s day. He even scored in the beginning of the game, but he was offside. And although he made five shots, the maximum in the game (the same as Luis Suárez), he only hit the target once, and Ter Stegen was in the way.
  • Luis Suárez 5.7 – The Uruguay striker could have had a great rating, since he shot five times (three on target), scored once and was successful in two of five dribble attempts. But he missed two big chances, which penalized his performance.
  • Sergi Roberto 6.1 – Great match from Sergi. He made the assist for 1-0 and had success in five of his six dribble attempts. Did not have great defensive numbers, but that was a transversal to all players.

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