Late Goal By Messi Gives Barcelona Dramatic Win Over Madrid

On front of over 81,000 fans in the Santiago Bernabeu, the home side took the lead through Casemiro inside the opening half-hour.

Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal to send them top of La Liga with an injury-time victor against 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Speaking of Asensio, he was one of the best Madrid players for the second game in a row.

Whilst the Uruguyan forward has 32 goals this season and 116 in 143 games since arriving at the Nou Camp, his accomplishments are still nothing compared to that of Messi's.

"Leo's greatness is that he keeps surprising us", Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta said.

"After so many years he is still decisive".

"I'm disappointed for him because he wanted to play and this is something we can't control". And for the club, it's a blessing.

"We did a great job and we go away with our heads held high". And heading into this game, they had a three point lead over Barca with a game in hand. [Barca keeper Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen made some great saves. Messi makes the impossible possible.

Messi is enjoying another remarkable season, with 47 goals in 46 games.

"Nothing changes now. Maybe after today the league will be more open", he said.

Messi had been going through a scoring drought in the "clasico", unable to find the net in six straight games.

Casemiro had put the hosts ahead in the 28th and Messi equalized five minutes later after evading two defenders inside the area for his first goal at the Bernabeu since 2014. With about 30 seconds left of the two minutes of added time, they were caught too far upfield after an attack, and a lightning quick Barça counter ended with Messi, at the top of the box, blasting one past Navas, who stood no chance.

The brace gave him 500 goals for Barcelona, which is 268 more than the next best - Cesar's 232. The visitors' section was behind that same goal, but in the opposite side of where Messi ran to celebrate.

"In my opinion, that was a yellow card, not a red".

The Colombian came in as a substitute for the injured Gareth Bale at the 82nd minute to score an important goal and prove that he is not meant to be benched. He'll be examined and I hope it's something small.

  • Julie Sanders