Barcelona. Real Madrid. MSN. BBC. Need we say more?
Two of Spain's most prolific sides returned from the international break and converged in a battle of No. 1 vs No. 3 in La Liga on Saturday. Following a 4-0 demolition at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the season, Los Blancos were aiming to exact revenge on their bitter rivals.
With Lionel Messi starting this time around, searching for his 500th goal (club and country), the Catalans, with a win, would have stretched their lead atop the league to 13 points. But Real answered with a 2-1, come-from-behind victory.
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Here's how this one played out on social media:
In the wake of the passing of Johan Cruyff nine days prior, tributes poured in as the soccer world mourned the death of the Dutch great and Barcelona legend, and it only continued at the Camp Nou. Barcelona players donned special kits, the club produced a moving, pre-match video and a stunning tifo was created to honor one of the founding fathers of "Total Football".
An emotional and uplifting farewell to Johan Cruyff at the Camp Nou. Privilege to be here. RIP.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 2, 2016
HUGE chance! Luis Suarez spurns a big opportunity to put the hosts in front (stick around for the golden commentary at the end. You'll thank us.):
On Suárez's missed chance: "All of a sudden, his feet turn into squid ... a Donald Trump haircut of a finish."— Live Ray Hudson (@liverayhudson) April 2, 2016
Just minutes later, Sergio Ramos -- already on a yellow card, mind you -- trips up Lionel Messi on the edge of the area. Lucky boy!
Reminder that Madrid have had a man sent off in 8 of last 23 Clasicos ...— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 2, 2016
Refereeing is hard.— Andres Cordero (@DreCordero) April 2, 2016
HALFTIME: Barcelona 0, Real Madrid 0. All square at the break, and not so "Clasico" thus far.
Not got going this yet. Not much quality in that 1st half. Well apart from Zidane's jacket. That is pure quality. #ElClasico— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 2, 2016
#FACTICO - Last Madrid victory in La Liga at Camp Nou after a 0-0 at HT was 36 years ago (0-2, Feb 10th 1980)— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) April 2, 2016
Stop it, Keylor Navas. Just stop it. You're not likely to see a better save this weekend than this sprawling stop to deny Messi.
GOAL, Barcelona! We have liftoff! Gerard Pique rises highest above Pepe and powers home Ivan Rakitic's corner kick for his second goal of the season. 1-0!
Real Madrid have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 9 La Liga matches. pic.twitter.com/9TexRA8UD1— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 2, 2016
😕— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 2, 2016
GOAL, Real Madrid! A deflected cross finds its way to Karim Benzema, who pulls out his tricks and slams home with an incredible bicycle kick. That'll do!
Karim Benzema has now scored 21 league goals for Real Madrid this season, only Cristiano Ronaldo has more (28). pic.twitter.com/F90LnFGvAY— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 2, 2016
😄— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 2, 2016
GOA-NO! Gareth Bale sees his go-ahead goal ruled out for a foul on Jordi Alba.
Bale makes it 2-1!! OH WAIT. No he doesn't.— AS English (@English_AS) April 2, 2016
That's a shocker of a decision.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) April 2, 2016
Bale penalised for being taller than Jordi Alba...— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) April 2, 2016
What a horrible call!!— Brian McBride (@BMcBride20) April 2, 2016
Are you serious?!?!?— IAN PAUL JOY (@JOYPAULIAN) April 2, 2016
Perfectly legitimate goal by Gareth Bale in my opinion!!! #ElClasico
RED CARD! Sergio Ramos' luck runs out. And, it was certainly coming...
Ramos sent off.— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 2, 2016
That is red card number 21 in his career #sergioramos— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) April 2, 2016
🔴 Sergio Ramos gonna Sergio Ramos 🔴— Howler Magazine (@whatahowler) April 2, 2016
GOAL, Real Madrid! And it's that man, Cristiano Ronaldo with a wonderful chest-down and finish for the match-winner.
Holy 💩 #ElClasico— Rachel Bonnetta (@rachelbonnetta) April 2, 2016
FCB 1-2 RMA (85') - 16 Cristiano goals in clasicos. Over Raúl (15) and below Messi (21) and Di Stéfano (18).— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) April 2, 2016
FULL TIME: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 2. Goals from Benzema and Ronaldo pull 10-man Real ... back in the title race? Say it ain't so!
Since 2009-10: Cristiano Ronaldo - 254 goals in 231 La Liga games.— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) April 2, 2016
Since 2009-10: Lionel Messi - 254 goals in 231 La Liga games.
Well, this isn't happening...
16 more hours before Madrid beats Barcelona, if Madrid loses I'll run outside my gated community butt naked w/ Barca painted on my chest‼️— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 2, 2016
But it's safe to say Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson is going home happy.