Ivan Rakitic goal earns victory for dominant Barcelona over Real Madrid

Barcelona returned to the Santiago Bernabéu three days after knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey and effectively knocked them out of the league title race too. A single goal from Ivan Rakitic on 26 minutes was enough to do for their biggest rivals, leaving them 12 points behind. It also put Barcelona ahead 96-95 in clásicos – the first time the Catalans have led in 87 years, testament to a fine decade for them. This was their 11th win in the last 17 meetings here.

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