Real Madrid only managed to counter that twenty minutes before the end, but then Xavi’s men were immediately shocked. Benzema released beautifully and hit the post out of reach of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Shortly afterwards, the German goalkeeper had to stretch with a shot by the French striker, after which the attack continued and Benzema still found the net.
Stocking up on the head
A line through the Catalan account, but Barcelona, with Depay now in the team, showed resilience and came alongside for the second time thanks to a header from Ansu Fati who came in for Luuk de Jong: 2-2. An extension followed.
The current number six of La Liga seemed to want to push on against the leader, who has collected no less than seventeen points. However, after a quick counter, it got the stock on the head in the first overtime. Federico Valverde was allowed to finish: 3-2.
Barcelona did not give up yet, but Courtois turned out to be unstoppable. It was Real Madrid’s hundredth victory in El Clásico, the Catalans remain on 96 victories after 248 classics.
On Thursday, national champions Atlético Madrid and losing cup finalist Athletic Club will compete for the other place in the final battle, which is scheduled for Sunday (kick-off 7.30 pm).