The rivalry comes about as Madrid and Barcelona are the 2 largest cities in Spain, and that they are sometimes identified with opposing political positions, with Real Madrid viewed as representing Spanish nationalism and Barcelona viewed as representing Catalan nationalism.
The historic rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona needs little introduction. El Clasico, as games between the 2 clubs have come to be known, is usually one among the most important occasions on the football calendar—a game eagerly anticipated for weeks beforehand before being endlessly dissected within the days and even weeks afterwards.
Real Madrid moved top of los angeles Liga with victory over Barcelona in an El Clasico played in torrential rain at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Karim Benzema broke the deadlock with a sublime near-post flick – his ninth goal in his past seven La Liga games.Real doubled their lead before half-time through Toni Kroos’ deflected free-kick. Oscar Mingueza pulled one back for Barca before Madrid’s Casemiro was shown a late red card.
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