Karim Benzema opened the scoring well into the first few minutes of the game, which was eventually cancelled out by Leo Messi’s fine individual skill in the 18th minute. Despite having the shakiest of games (someone caught in a siesta stupor?), Sergio Ramos managed to net a header off Luka Modric’s cross at the 82nd minute, sealing Real Madrid’s back-to-back wins over Barcelona in a span of five days.
Say what you want about possession, but it was Real Madrid that played with more purpose. Cristiano was a super substitute, having a couple of very close chances to get his name on the board. Jose Callejon was scrappy, and Alvaro Morata, in his first start in a Clásico, was simply superb—well worth the 90 minutes that the boy was on the pitch. (Cantera power!)
You can say that it was probably the game that mattered less for Real Madrid, but hey, any effort to close the gap in the Liga, as well as get on a psychological high prior to a Champions League match, is well worth the fight.
And I totally feel like Pepe here.