El Clásico 2018
Sunday’s El Clasico was a feisty Clasico, as 10 man Barcelona held on against Madrid to ensure their unbeaten run in La Liga remained intact, it involved almost everything you could imagine except a winner. The Barcelona and Real Madrid game at the Camp Nou had it all – goals from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, controversy and a red card.
The first goal came within 10 minutes with an incredible cross from Sergi Roberto, for Luis Suarez to finish. However, Madrid levelled just four minutes later with another well-worked goal, when Ronaldo scored from close range after Karim Benzema headed the ball across goal to him.
Cristiano Ronaldo twisted an ankle and had to limp off just before half time, only three weeks before the Champions League final in Kiev against Liverpool. After such an active start, it seemed to have settled into some form of pattern. But the fragile ceasefire seemed to be the lull before another storm. As we approached the break both Ramos and Suarez were booked for getting into it, after the Uruguayan accused the Spaniard of a late elbow. Lionel Messi was booked for a late challenge on Ramos just moments later and Bale raked his studs down Umtiti’s leg and was very lucky not to be sent off.
There was to be more, however, as Sergi Roberto threw a punch in Marcelo’s direction and was sent off before the referee got the chance to blow for half time.
But then just seven minutes after the interval Lionel Messi came to the hosts’ rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas to swing the match back in Barcelona’s favour despite being a man down. Gareth Bale went on to pull Madrid level once again after curling in, past Asensio.
Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Barca have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930’s.
WMG entertained over thirty guests with on-site hospitality, everyone had a marvellous time and we all looking forward to the El Clasico fixtures in 2019 – worth getting in early as they sell out quickly.