Anytime Barcelona and Real Madrid get together, fireworks are sure to follow.
The two bitter rivals added yet another chapter to their storied rivalry as Real Madrid scored the 2-1 victory in a thriller that lived up to the hype. Barcelona may have put some of their first line players on the bench to start the match, but it didn't take away from the intensity of the game.
In the grand scheme of things, this won't mean much in terms of the La Liga table. However, the bragging rights now reside in Madrid for this classic rivalry.
Here were the best and worst performances on each side that shaped the way the match went down.
Barcelona: Lionel Messi
It should shock absolutely no one that Messi turned in the best performance for Barca. He is one of the most electrifying athletes in all of sports and even in defeat he put on a show.
Madrid seemed to really set the tone early on when it scored the go-ahead goal at the six-minute mark. Just 12 minutes later, Messi showed that Barcelona was far from out of it as he put in the equalizer.
The goal was his 18th in Clasico history, which tied him with Alfredo Di Stefano for the most goals in series history. It was also his 39th goal overall on the season.
Real Madrid: Alvaro Morata
In a game that featured the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, Morata shined as one of the top players in the game.
Karim Benzema scored the first goal of the game, but it was thanks to a beautiful dish from Morata. His field vision and creativity made the Real Madrid attack dangerous throughout the game and he was able to cover plenty of ground.
The 20-year-old forward really stepped it up in this big contest and was a huge reason that his club came out on top.
This match should be taken with a grain of salt, but Pedro's play in this one poses serious questions for the club going forward.
He was almost nonexistent in the clubs attack and offered no help for Messi on offense. As good as Messi is, the club still needs players to step up and capitalize on his creativity. Pedro did the opposite.
It won't matter much now, but when the UCL rolls around, scoring will need to come from sources other than Messi. That means that Pedro must step up and do his part in making Barca as dangerous as possible.
When Messi is expected to do everything, the club gets results like this one.
Real Madrid: Kaka
Real Madrid came out on top, but that doesn't mean that it was a perfect performance.
Barca dominated the ball for most of the game. They held possession 72 percent of the time and forced Madrid to be efficient with the few opportunities they had.
The disparity can largely be chalked up to a disadvantage at midfield and Kaka was the worst offender for the winning side. The Brazilian midfielder simply disappeared for most of the match and didn't contribute much in the way of defense either.
This was a nice win for Madrid, but Kaka must improve if he wants to continue to be a starter.
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