Ivan Rakitic goal earns victory for dominant Barcelona over Real Madrid

This post is by Sid Lowe at the Bernabéu from Football | The Guardian

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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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