Barcelona downs Real Madrid in thriller

Barcelona downs Real Madrid in thriller

European Soccer

Barcelona downs Real Madrid in thriller

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It wasn't a blowout, but any victory against an arch-rival is sweet enough.

Barcelona overcame a missed penalty kick with two late goals to topple Real Madrid on its way to a 2-0 victory in the 'Super Clasico', widening its gap ahead of the reigning La Liga champions to 12 points in the standings.

Iker Casillas saved a Samuel Eto'o penalty kick in the 70th minute, but Barcelona responded with goals from Eto'o and Lionel Messi to break open the scoreless deadlock. Barcelona dominated possession throughout the match but Real Madrid played physical defense and frustrated the league leaders for the first 82 minutes of the match.

What did you think of the game? Can anybody in Spain catch Barcelona? Were you impressed with how well Real Madrid played in Juande Ramos' first La Liga match in charge of Real Madrid? Did Casillas remind you why he's considered the world's best goalkeeper?

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