Mar 2, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
Ramos (82'), Benzema (6')
Ramos (51'), Coentrão (61'), Morata (68'), Arbeloa (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Messi (18')
Alba (55'), Piqué (58'), Alcantara (64'), Valdés (90'), Alves (90'), Iniesta (90')
Valdés (90')

Match Analysis: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

Match Analysis: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona
© AP Photos
Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Madrid record a 2-1 win over Barcelona at the Bernabeu.

Barcelona travelled to Real Madrid on Saturday just four days after losing in the Copa del Rey semi-finals to Jose Mourinho's side.

It was Madrid who took the lead with a strike from Karim Benzema, but Lionel Messi levelled the scores with 18 minutes on the clock.

Chances remained few and far between in the second period, but a late Sergio Ramos header wrapped up all the points for Madrid.

Here, Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action between the two La Liga rivals.

Match statistics:

Real Madrid:
Shots: 8
On target: 5
Possession: 27%
Corners: 3
Fouls: 20

Shots: 4
On target: 2
Possession: 73%
Corners: 1
Fouls: 16

Was the result fair?

On the balance of play, Madrid certainly deserved to pick up all three points this afternoon. Barcelona, as expected, dominated the possession, but they managed just two attempts on target throughout the 90 minutes. The league title may have gone, but the capital outfit have shown that they are more than a match for Barcelona with back-to-back wins over the Catalan side.

Real Madrid's performance

With a number of their star players on the bench, Madrid struggled in the first period despite taking the lead through Benzema. Had Barcelona been at their stunning best, then the home side might have been in trouble. That all changed when Cristiano Ronaldo was introduced, however, with the Portuguese pulling his side to victory in the latter stages.

Barcelona's performance

Barcelona are a stunning football team, that cannot be argued, but they are really struggling at the moment. They utterly dominated possession, as usual, but they struggled to create any real chances. It does appear that teams have just worked out how to quell the Catalan outfit - sit deep and absorb the pressure before breaking - with Madrid the best team in the world at doing just that.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Cristiano Ronaldo: With Madrid struggling in the second period, Mourinho sent for a certain Portuguese international. Ronaldo was just stunning in the latter stages as he outshone Messi once more, despite being on the pitch for just over 30 minutes.

Biggest gaffe of the match

With tempers running high after the final whistle, Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes decided to get involved with the referee. His argument picked him up a red card, which just about summed up Barcelona's afternoon.

Referee performance

Miguel Perez had a productive 90 minutes of football this afternoon. It was not the most eventful El Clasico that has been played, although temperatures did rise in the second period. Barcelona thought that they should have been awarded a penalty late on, but the Spaniard quelled the calls.

What next?

Real Madrid: Mourinho's side are in Champions League last-16 action against Manchester United on Tuesday before travelling to Celta Vigo in the league next Sunday.

Barcelona: The Catalan outfit host Deportivo La Coruna in the league next Saturday before welcoming AC Milan in the Champions League on March 12.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema celebrate on November 17, 2012
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