Ramos & Modric fire Real past Barca


Real Madrid claimed the bragging rights in the first El Clasico this season after overcoming FC Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Barca were boosted by the return from injury of Jordi Alba while Pedri started ahead of Antoine Griezmann. Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos shrugged off his injury to start alongside the return of Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema for Madrid.

The game got off to a bright start as Federico Valverde fired Zinedine Zidane's charges ahead in the fifth minute with a strike past goalkeeper Neto after a delicate through ball from Benzema.

The hosts replied almost immediately after Alba beat the offside trap to go through on the left side and gave Anssumane Fati an easy tap-in with a low cross.

There were chances at both ends in a space of a minute midway into the first stanza after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved Lionel Messi's low shot and Neto denied Benzema from close range after a quick counter-attack but there wew no further clear opportunities as the sides were level pegging at half-time.

Philippe Coutinho had a glorious chance to give Ronald Koeman's charges the lead ten minutes from the break after receiving a cross from Fati unmarked at the back post, near the six-yard box but he guided his header wide.

Los Blancos eventually restored their lead in the 63rd minute after Sergio Ramos, who won a penalty after Clement Lenglet pulled him by his shirt inside the box, dispatched his spot-kick underneath the diving Neto.

Barca were chasing the game after that and were struggling to break down Madrid, who were not giving them space on the ball and also threatening on counter-attacks.

Zidane's men should have been out of sight in the last five minutes but Neto made three great saves to deny Kroos twice from close range at the near post and Ramos, who was free on the far side of the box to fire a half-volley.

Luka Modric finally made it 3-1 for the visitors in the last minute after jinking past a couple of challenges before looping a strike into the gaping net with the outside of his boot, handing Barca their second straight defeat in the league.

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