Apr 22, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
1-2
Real Madrid
FT

Result: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema and Sami Khedira
© PA Photos
Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner as Real Madrid claim victory at Barcelona to move seven points clear at the top of La Liga.

Real Madrid have moved seven points clear at the top of La Liga after claiming victory in a wet El Clasico encounter at Barcelona this evening.

The visitors began brightly and were almost ahead when Cristiano Ronaldo met Mesut Ozil's corner and forced Victor Valdes to tip over.

Real continued to threaten with regularity from set pieces and were rewarded in the 17th minute when Pepe won another header from corner which Valdes pushed out. The ball was loose in the area but as Carles Puyol tried to shepherd it safe Sami Khedira nicked in to stab home.

As the half progressed conditions became slicker as the Catalonian heavens opened and Barca's neat interplay should have provided a goal but Xavi Hernandez pulled his one-on-one effort wide.

The home side maintained their dominance in the possession stats but failed to put a shot on target in the opening period as Madrid went in ahead.

Barca again should have levelled but this time young winger Tello blazed high and wide after being put through on goal by Thiago Alcantara.

Pep Guardiola's men pressed and pressed and found their equaliser when substitute Alexis Sanchez bundled home at the second attempt after a goalmouth scramble.

The hosts weren't level for long as, moments later, Ozil found Ronaldo and the Portuguese frontman knocked the ball to one side before fizzing past Valdes to set a new La Liga record with his 42nd of the season.

Madrid managed to hold out in the final minutes with Barca's talisman Lionel Messi regularly thwarted by some bullish Real defending.

Three points for Jose Mourinho's men mean they have cemented their position at La Liga's summit with four games of the season remaining.

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TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid245260
2Barcelona255559
3Atletico Madrid242853
4Valencia242250
5Sevilla241245
6Villarreal241644
7Malaga25041
8Espanyol25-432
9Celta Vigo24131
10Rayo Vallecano25-1529
11Real Sociedad24-627
12Eibar24-827
13Athletic Bilbao24-1027
14Getafe25-1326
15Deportivo La Coruna25-1825
16Almeria25-1724
17Elche24-2323
18Levante25-2722
19Granada25-2419
20Cordoba25-2118