El Clasico ends in a 1-1 draw
The much-awaited 'El Clasico' ended in 1-1 draw at Camp Nou. Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead, few minutes into the second half, only to be equalized by a dramatic last minute header from Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid. By dropping two points, Barcelona lost an opportunity to narrow in on Real Madrid's lead and the visitors thus retain the 6-point advantage.
The La Liga (Spanish league) showdown between the footballing arch rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid is typically described as 'El Clasico' (The Classic). The term though is broadly used to refer to any match between the two.
The season's first El Clasico
The 2016-17 season's first El Clasico in La Liga saw Real Madrid take on Barcelona in an away match at Camp Nou on 3 December. This was the 232nd competitive Clasico clash between the two Spanish giants. They are set to face off each other again in the return game at the Santiago Bernabeu on the weekend of 22-23 April 2017.
Significance of the match
Real Madrid started the match with 6-point lead over Barcelona. For Zidane's men, El Clasico came at a good time to consolidate their lead as La Liga leaders. Barcelona on the other hand needed to win the home match to stay in contention for title. Going into it, Real were on 6-match-win form, while Barca were held to draw in last two matches.
Head to Head Stats
In the 232 competitive El Clasico matches, Real Madrid came on top with 93 wins to their name. Barcelona is not far off with 90 wins. Including the latest draw, there have been a total of 49 draws. Messi for Barcelona has the most number of El Clasico goals (21). Ronaldo stands third, having scored 16 El Clasico goals for Real Madrid.