The sport was billed as one of the essential Clasicos in latest instances with the three-horse LaLiga title race, which additionally contains Atletico Madrid, at the moment hanging within the stability.
Madrid took the lead early on by way of Karim Benzema.
On 13 minutes, Federico Valverde drove forwards and performed the ball out large to Lucas Vazquez.
The cross was immaculate and Benzema flicked in with a backheel on the close to put up.
Toni Kroos doubled the lead on 28 minutes and Madrid have been firmly in management.
On the finish of the primary half, Messi nearly pulled one again with a fairly exceptional effort.
The residing legend whipped a nook over the top of Thibaut Courtois, solely to see it bounce out off the far put up.
Oscar Mingueza did get a purpose for Barca within the second half, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to salvage a end result.
Casimero was despatched off within the remaining minutes, however Madrid nonetheless noticed out the 2-1 win.
The triumph for the hosts noticed Zinedine Zidane’s aspect transfer high of LaLiga on purpose distinction, having performed a sport greater than Atletico Madrid.