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Real Madrid’s greatest moments against Barca

One of the biggest rivalries in all football is between two of the largest clubs in Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Known as "El Clasico," this game often provides a great spectacle for the fans and has given us some of the best games in football history.


Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona in 1995

One of the biggest defeats in El Clasico, Real Madrid put Barcelona to the sword in this 1995 league match. Taking place at The Bernabeu, the home of Real Madrid, Barcelona crumbled without the talismanic leadership of their former striker, Michael Laudrup, who lined up against them. While Laudrup didn’t score that night, he was instrumental in Real’s victory, providing assists for Zamorano, who scored a first-half hat-trick. Goals from Luis Enrique and Amavisca rounded off a famous win for Real.


Real Madrid 4-2 Barcelona in 2005

The 2004/05 title race was hotly contested in La Liga, with Real Madrid and Barcelona going toe to toe right until the end of the season. Towards the end of the season, the two teams would face off at The Bernabeu in what everyone called a title decider. Real didn’t just win that game; they smashed Barcelona off the park! Goals from Zidane, Ronaldo, and Raul gave the Galacticos a 3-1 lead going into halftime, and Owen extended the lead after 65 minutes. Although Ronaldinho got one back, Real cruised to victory in the game and the title that season.


Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona in 2006

After finishing a distant second to Barcelona in last year’s La Liga title, Real Madrid needed to come out strong in the first part of the season. One of their earliest games was against rivals Barcelona at The Bernabeu - the perfect opportunity for revenge. Managed by Fabio Capello during his second stint at the club, Real got off to the ideal start when Raul scored after just two minutes. A goal from recent signing Ruud van Nistlerooy just after halftime doubled their advantage, giving them a convincing win. This win would be crucial in the title fight, as Real won La Liga on head-to-head results after Real and Barcelona finished the season on 76 points.


Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona in 2002

El Clasico games don’t get much bigger than this - the semi-finals of the Champions League, Europe’s premier cup competition. Both teams are desperate to reach the final, but first, they must face each other at home and away to see who progresses. The first leg was played at Camp Nou and was a heated affair with six yellow cards. It took until the 55th minute to break the deadlock, as Zidane scored, giving Real the lead. It looked as if the game would peter out to a 1-0 win, but McManaman popped up to deliver Real a second away goal, giving them a huge advantage in the tie. Real fans must have felt on top of the world, as if they had won a world record, hit a big win at a Jackpot Casino Canada, or won a competition! Real went on to win their ninth Champions League that year, thanks to that big win in Barcelona.


Ronaldo’s Goal in the Copa Del Rey Final in 2011

One of the season's most important games is the Copa Del Ray final. In the 2010/11 season, this was contested between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Valencia's Mestalla stadium. This game was right in the middle of the two playing each other in the league and the Champions League semi-final and was the first opportunity to win silverware this season. The game was predictably tight, with no goals coming in the first 90 minutes. However, in the 103rd minute, a towering header from Ronaldo gave Real the lead, a lead they would hang onto for the rest of the match. It was the first Copa Del Rey title in 18 years and prevented rivals Barcelona from completing the treble that season!


Conclusion

These are just some of the best moments for Real Madrid in El Clasico. There are plenty of others we could mention, such as the 11-1 victory in 1943, the 2-1 win at the Nou Camp in 2012, and the 5-0 win in 1953. As history shows, Real Madrid fans have witnessed some of the greatest football matches, and there are sure to be many more!