El Clasico: Barca beats Real for second time in four days

    Ivan Rakitic chips the ball over the despairing Thibaut Courtois in the Real Madrid goal to score the only goal of the El Clasico clash.

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    • Barcelona wins El Clasico 1-0
    • Second win in four days against Real Madrid
    • Ivan Rakitic scores only goal

    (CNN)Barcelona inflicted a second damaging El Clasico defeat in four days on arch-rival Real Madrid with a 1-0 victory in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium Saturday.

    Still smarting from the 3-0 reverse Wednesday in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal, Real was unable to salvage pride in the La Liga clash and to make matters worse Barca has edged ahead in the all-time list of wins for matches between the two sides.
      Barca has also gone 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid, which plays Sunday, and 12 clear of Real in what is turning into a one-team title race in Spain.
      Victory completed the league double for Barca over Real, with a 5-1 thumping in the earlier fixture leading to the sacking of Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui after a sorry start to the current campaign.
      Form has improved under Santiago Solari, but the only realistic chance of silverware for Real is another successful defense of the Champions League crown, languishing a distant third in the La Liga standings.
      Both sides had chances before Ivan Rakitic put the visitor ahead in the 26th minute, playing a one-two with Sergi Roberto before lifting the ball over the onrushing Thibaut Courtois for a delightful opener.