El Clasico: Cristiano Ronaldo strike earns Zinedine Zidane derby win

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 3:26 AM

Gerard Pique gave Barcelona the lead early in the second half, but goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the three points for Genuine and ended Barca'south 39-game unbeaten running in the process."I liked everything from my players both defensively and offensively against a grand team with very excellent players," Zinedine Zidane told reporters after the game."When I look the team love this, fighting for their teammates, it's the best thing for a coach."Los Blancos went into the match ten points behind its Catalan rival in La Liga'south title race and while triumph by number means puts it back in contention, the win has at minimum reignited faint hope that Barcelona can be caught.

El Clasico: Cristiano Ronaldo strike earns Zinedine Zidane derby win

Zinedine Zidane masterminded an unlikely win in his first El Clasico in charge as Genuine Madrid head coach.

Gerard Pique gave Barcelona the lead early in the second half, but goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the three points for Genuine and ended Barca'south 39-game unbeaten running in the process.

"I liked everything from my players both defensively and offensively against a grand team with very excellent players," Zinedine Zidane told reporters after the game.

"When I look the team love this, fighting for their teammates, it's the best thing for a coach."

Los Blancos went into the match ten points behind its Catalan rival in La Liga'south title race and while triumph by number means puts it back in contention, the win has at minimum reignited faint hope that Barcelona can be caught.

On an emotional night in Catalonia, Barcelona soon carved Real'south defense open yet again. The ball found its way to Ivan Rakitic'south feet after Pepe deflected Suarez'south cross into the path of the Croatian.

Real'south Costa Rican keeper, Keylor Navas, got down quickly to his right to thrust Rakitic'south curling shot far from danger.

It took until two minutes before half time for Genuine to conjure up its first chance of the game.

Following a marauding running forward, full-back Dani Carvajal picked out Benzema who was afforded the freedom of Barcelona'south penalty box, but the Frenchman could only shin the ball high over the crossbar.

Barcelona continued to dominate possession at the start of the second half and it wasn't long before they found an opening.

ten minutes after the restart, Suarez picked out an unusually subdued Lionel Messi on the edge of the box.

The Argentine hit an audacious chip which was headed for goal, only for Navas to claw the ball behind for a corner at full stretch.

However, they wouldn't be denied for long. From the resulting corner, Gerard Pique lost his marker, Pepe, before climbing high to power a header into the bottom corner, this time giving Navas no chance.

Genuine drew level just seven minutes later. Marcelo embarked on a brilliant solo running onto the edge of the Barcelona area and found Toni Kroos out on the right.

The German'south shot deflected up into the air and Benzema acrobatically dispatched the ball past Claudio Bravo into the bottom corner.

After a hectic few minutes, the game eventually settled down and Barcelona began to dictate play, but the match again sparked to life with ten minutes to play.

First, Suarez latched onto Messi'south lofted through ball and hit a shot with the exterior of his boot that whistled inches past the post.

A min later, Genuine thought it'd found the winner. Ronaldo'south perfectly lofted cross found Gareth Bale at the distant post and the Welshman rose high over Jordi Alba to head the ball past Bravo.

As he raced far in jubilation, the linesman raised his flag for a foul on Alba and his celebrations were cut short.

Ronaldo then slice interior onto his right ft and fired a shot which clipped the top of the crossbar -- and had Zidane doing cartwheels in his technical area.

Ramos finally received his long-awaited second yellow card for a hasty challenge on Suarez and it appeared as though Genuine would be hanging on for a point for the final six minutes.

However, Genuine counter-attacked nearly immediately, as Bale powered into the box and stood up a perfect cross to Ronaldo who was waiting at the distant post, prepared to pounce.

Dani Alves mis-judged the flight of the ball and Ronaldo calmly chested the ball down and slotted past Bravo.

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