23 April 2017: Real Madrid v. Barcelona (2-3)
In the latest installment of the El Clasico, Barcelona topped Real Madrid in an instant classic. Madrid’s Casemiro started things off with a goal in the twenty-eighth minute, but it was quickly followed up by a Messi goal in the thirty-third. Things were then quiet for forty minutes until another Barcelona goal in the seventy-third by Rakitic. This goal was then answered in the eighty-fifth by J. Rodríguez of Madrid. Going into added time, the match was still tied at 2-2. This is when the heroics of Lionel Messi once again came into play with a goal in the ninety-second minute. The game ended a minute later with Barcelona having a one goal advantage over the Whites.
Gareth Bale Injury:
The El Clasico yesterday was the first game back for Gareth Bale since a calf injury against Bayern last month. Critics were skeptical if Bale would be able to return in time for the game against the foe, and they may have had reason to doubt his readiness. In the thirty-ninth minute of the game versus Barcelona, Bale was forced to exit the game as he limped off the field with another apparent calf injury. He was seen clutching his lower leg when he left the game. An official statement on his condition has yet to be released.
After the most recent matches, specifically with the El Clasico loss, Real Madrid and Barcelona are currently atop the La Liga standings. With 23 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses to Madrid’s 23-6-3 record, Barcelona is in first place because of the goal differential. Since both teams have 75 points, and Athlético de Madrid not far behind with 68 points, the remainder of La Liga is sure to be an exciting race.
The whites have two La Liga games this week. Wednesday, April 26th they will face off against Deportivo. Then later in the week on Saturday, April 29th they will play Valencia. These could be two huge games for the La Liga standings.