Barça thrashes Real Madrid 4-0 in first El Clásico 2015/2016
November 23, 2015, 20:40:37 CET | Wikinews

File photo of Andrés Iniesta, who won the man of the match award. (Image: Илья Хохлов.)
On Saturday, Catalonia based football club FC Barcelona defeated their arch rivals Real Madrid 4–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid in a Spanish La Liga match.





File photo of Andrés Iniesta, who won the man of the match award.
Image: Илья Хохлов.


Barça had greater ball possession. The match saw five yellow cards and one red card. Three Madrid players were yellow carded with a total of 23 fouls committed in the match.

Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute by an assist from Sergi Roberto. The first booking came in the 23rd minute. James Rodríguez went down in the booking list. The first substitution of the match came in the 27th minute when Argentine Mascherano got injured and Frenchman Jérémy Mathieu was substituted in for him.

Right back Dani Alves was booked in the 31st minute for his foul on Cristiano Ronaldo. During that foul, Alves got injured and the match was interrupted for a while. In the 39th minute, Neymar assisted by Andrés Iniesta doubled the lead for the Catalonians. The first half ended 2–0 with Barcelona leading in the El Clásico. Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos was shown the yellow card in the 51th minute. Two minutes later, Neymar assisted Iniesta who scored in the top right corner making the score 3–0 for the visitors.

Isco was substituted in for James Rodríguez for Los Blancos in the 55th minute. Two minutes later, Lionel Messi was sustituted in for Croatian Ivan Rakitić after two months of knee injury. Daniel Carvajal replaced Brazilian Marcelo in the 59th minute. This was Messi's first appearence since September 26.

Jordi Alba assisted Suárez in the 74th minute and he scored in the left corner. Iniesta was substituted off at the 77th minute for Munir El Haddadi and got a standing ovation from the Bernabéu croud.

Further in the match, Carvajal was yellow carded in the 83rd minute and Isco was red carded in the next minute. Two extra minutes were added in which Sergio Busquets was booked for a foul.

Barcelona had 87% passing accuracy as compared to 83% of Los Blancos. Andrés Iniesta was awarded as man of the match. Neymar remains the top scorer of 2015–16 La Liga with twelve goals.

Barcelona got 6 points clear of Real Madrid and is at the top of the La Liga table.

Source: Wikinews
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