Celebrations Shared After Barcelona's Win
The Clasico never fails to bring out the best in both teams, and last night's match between Barcelona and Real Madrid was no exception. Barcelona emerged victorious with a 2-1 win, but the celebrations didn't stop there. According to Xavi Hernandez, president Joan Laporta even joined in on the dressing room celebrations after the game!
It's been a tough few weeks for Laporta and Barcelona, with accusations of buying favor from referees hanging over their heads. But last night's win must have been a much-needed relief for the president and the fans.
Celebrations and Responses to Victory
Speaking of fans, they were in high spirits after the game, singing "Campeones Campeones!" Despite Xavi's insistence that the league isn't won yet, it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement.
Barcelona played exceptionally well, and their two slightly unexpected scorers, Sergio Roberto, and Kessie deserve all the praise they're getting.
As the players and fans celebrated, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti complained about a VAR decision that ruled out Marco Asensio's goal. Xavi hit back, stating that the decision was clear-cut and that there was no room for doubt.
Highlights of the Match
Real Madrid took the lead against the run of play in the first half, with a Vinicius Jr. cross that was headed into the net by Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo. However, Barcelona fought back just before half-time, with Sergi Roberto's shot after Raphinha's effort had been blocked.
Both teams had their chances in the second half, with Real Madrid having a late strike from Marco Asensio ruled out for offside. It was then that Kessie stepped up and scored the winning goal in injury time, sparking scenes of wild celebration at Camp Nou.
Post Match Statements
The win puts Barcelona in a dominant position as they look to win their first La Liga title since 2018-19. With only 12 league matches remaining, it's now down to them to maintain their lead and keep pushing for the title.
Barcelona manager Xavi was understandably delighted with the result, saying: "The league is not decided, but it's a huge win of course. I think we deserved the win and we were better than Real Madrid, we created more opportunities."
The players were equally thrilled with the victory, with Roberto saying: "It's down to us and that's the most important thing. I'm just glad to have helped the team with a goal. It was epic at the end, and I'm pleased for Franck to get the goal."
Barcelona's Current Status
Barcelona's victory was all the more impressive given their recent struggles, both on and off the pitch. The club has been rocked by financial troubles and uncertainty over the future of their star player, Lionel Messi. However, this win will go a long way in restoring confidence in the team and their ability to compete at the highest level.
Real Madrid will be disappointed with the result, especially after their midweek victory against Liverpool in the Champions League. However, they still have 12 league matches remaining and will be looking to bounce back in their next game against Real Valladolid.
The battle for the La Liga title is far from over, and fans can look forward to many more thrilling matches as the competition heats up.