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Barcelona rally to claim Clásico bragging rights

Published: Saturday 10 December 2011, 22.47CET
FC Barcelona recovered from an early setback to complete a 3-1 away victory against Real Madrid CF, whom they replaced at the Liga summit on another bad night for Valencia CF.
Barcelona rally to claim Clásico bragging rights
Alexis Sánchez is mobbed after levelling terms for Barcelona against Real Madrid ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 10 December 2011, 22.47CET

Barcelona rally to claim Clásico bragging rights

FC Barcelona recovered from an early setback to complete a 3-1 away victory against Real Madrid CF, whom they replaced at the Liga summit on another bad night for Valencia CF.

Alexis Sánchez, Xavi Hernández and Cesc Fàbregas were on target as FC Barcelona recovered from an early setback to complete a 3-1 away victory against Real Madrid CF, whom they dislodged from the Liga summit.

Josep Guardiola's charges went behind to a Karim Benzema strike after just 23 seconds, following a miscued clearance by goalkeeper Victor Valdés, and had Cristiano Ronaldo passed to Ángel Di María instead of shooting wide the match might have ended differently. However, Barcelona restored parity on the half-hour mark through Alexis, who drilled in a shot after wonderful approach play by Lionel Messi.

The visitors took the lead early in the second half when Xavi, on his 600th appearance for the Azulgrana, unleashed a 25-metre snapshot that deflected wickedly into the net off Marcelo. Ronaldo then headed wide wide and within moments Fàbregas was launching himself headlong at Dani Alves' centre to seal the points.

Earlier in the evening, Valencia CF's miserable week ended in a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Real Betis Balompié. Unai Emery's side, whose UEFA Champions League campaign was ended by Chelsea FC in midweek, were on course for victory thanks to Chechu Dorado's 66th-minute own goal, until Rubén Castro struck twice in added time to stun the visitors. Fourth placed Levante UD moved to within a point of third-placed Valencia with a 1-0 home victory against Sevilla FC, Nuno scoring the solitary goal.

Last updated: 30/11/12 19.51CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 12/12/2011 13:40 CET

10/12/2011

Real MadridReal Madrid1-3BarcelonaBarcelona

Benzema 1

Alexis Sánchez 30, Xavi Hernández 53, Fàbregas 66

Venue: Madrid

10/12/2011

BetisBetis2-1ValenciaValencia

Rubén 90+1, 90+4

Dorado Ramirez 66 (o.g.)

Venue: Sevilla

10/12/2011

LevanteLevante1-0SevillaSevilla

Nano 56

Venue: Valencia

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