Luis Suarez’s second-half strike ensured Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 at Camp Nou to go four points clear of their arch-rivals at the top of La Liga in a typically enthralling Clasico.
Suarez endured a miserable Barca debut when the Catalan giants were beaten 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu back in October, but gained revenge by scoring his first goal in the biggest fixture in club football on Sunday to secure three precious points.
Jeremy Mathieu’s first Liga goal for Barca put them in front in the first half, but Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a fine move to equalise with his 42nd goal of the season before half-time.
Gareth Bale – much maligned in the game’s build-up – had a goal ruled out before the break, with Ronaldo just offside, and Suarez’s seventh goal in as many games settled it to put Barca in command of the title race heading into the international break.
Defeat for Real will lead to further questions over Carlo Ancelotti’s future, with reports in the Spanish media claiming the Italian’s job would be under threat in the event of a loss.
Barca have now won seven games in a row and their dreams of winning a famous treble are very much alive.