Spanish La Liga: Barca open four point lead at top of table

As Barcelona hosted Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday night for "El Clasico". The two clubs have enjoyed a fierce rivalry throughout their illustrious histories and every year this fixture demands even greater global attention.

This match could well decide the outcome of this season's league title and a win would see Barca open a four-point lead over their traditional rivals. A win for Real Madrid would mean a return to first place.

The home supporters produce some wonderful moments in the build-up to this big clash with the traditional red and blue Barca colours. The Catalans are on a run of 17 wins in their last 18 matches, and lead the league by one point, while Real are a shadow of their former selves, with just one win in their last four games.

Both sides look sharp early and the visitors almost score the opening goal 12 minutes. Karim Benzema sets up for Cristiano Ronaldo to send a volley from a narrow angle, but he hits the underside of the crossbar.

Six minutes later, Barcelona take the lead. From Lionel Messi's free-kick, Jeremy Mathieu heads it past Iker Casillas and into the bottom corner. The Frenchman picks the perfect moment to score the powerful header, his first goal for the club.

The hosts should have doubled their lead in the 31st minute, but Neymar misses a glorious opportunity from point blank range, as his effort goes straight to Casillas.

The Spanish international goalkeeper then launches a counter attack, and this would be finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo to bring Real even at 1. Madrid never waver from one goal behind and turn the flow of the match back in their favor. Luka Modric plays the ball forward for Benzema, and the French striker backheels the Portuguese attacker to surge ahead of Dani Alves and beat Claudio Bravo with a neat finish. The connection on a nifty backheel by Benzema, CR7 silences the jeers at Nou Camp.

And finally, the winner comes in the 55th minute, a long ball from Dani Alves is perfectly controlled instantly by Luis Suarez, before the Uruguayan picked his spot with a fine finish. It was Suarez' first goal against Real Madrid and his 14th in all competitions for his new club. Suarez's brilliant effort handed 2-1 win for Barca, and the Catalan club moved four points clear at the top of La Liga.

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