Mon, Dec 12, 2011 - Page 20 News List

Barca fight back to win ‘El Clasico’

TOP OF THE WORLD:Karim Benzema scored for Real after 23 seconds, but goals by Alexis Sanchez, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas saw Barcelona leapfrog their archrivals at the top


Barca took the lead after the break through a slice of fortune when a Xavi shot flicked off Marcelo’s foot, wrong-footing the goalkeeper, and the ball crept into the corner.

Real had the chance to equalize through a Ronaldo header, which he failed to keep on target from just 10m out, but Barca were also a danger at the other end.

The visitors extended their lead when Alves burst down the wing and crossed to the back post where Fabregas headed home.

Elsewhere, an astonishing stoppage-time brace from Ruben Castro saw Real Betis Balompie come from behind to snatch a 2-1 win over Valencia and end a run of 10 matches without a victory.

Valencia are now seven points behind Barcelona and Real.

A scrambled goal by defender Nano Rivas gave Levante UD a 1-0 victory over Sevilla which consolidated their position in fourth place.

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