Kroos’ double deflection deflates Barça, decides clásico and sends Real top

Kroos’ double deflection deflates Barça, decides clásico and sends Real top

The Guardian

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Six months later, Real Madrid returned to the top of the table and at the cost of their two great rivals. As a storm tore through Valdebebas, they defeated FC Barcelona 2-1 to overhaul Atlético Madrid. It might only be for one night – Diego Simeone’s side travel to Betis on Sunday – but it was some night: wet and wild, the ball flying from one end to the other and to the very end, goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen going up and Ilaix Moriba smashing a shot off the bar with the frantic final move.

The frame of the goal was still shaking when the whistle went, and so too were some players, freezing and forced to change their shirts during a clásico that unfolded amidst thunder, lightning and driving rain, wind whipping through.

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