9 points. That was Barcelona’s lead in La Liga before this Clasico. So Real had to win to regain some hope, but the reverse happened. Courtois and co are now facing a 12 point mountain to climb. And that seems impossible.
Real did take a nice start in Camp Nou. On the scoreboard anyway. Because despite the predominance of Barça, it took the lead. Vinicius did the job, but his shot went past Araujo beyond Ter Stegen’s reach into goal.
Joy to the Madrilenians, but Barcelona had an answer ready. Raphina still found Thibaut Courtois in his path, but just before half-time the Red Devil was beaten. After a pinball phase for his goal, Sergi Roberto scored the equalizer from close range.
Little enthusiasm after the break and the Claico seemed to end in a division of points. Until Asensio suddenly struck. He tapped Carvajal’s cross into goal. Small problem for Real: Asensio was narrowly offside. Gone atmosphere.
Still a draw. But no, another ball flew between the posts in added time. This time on the other side. Substitute Kessié gave Barça the victory and perhaps also the national title.