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Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde, and Rodrygo all scored as Real Madrid win old rivals Barcelona 3-1 at home in ‘El Clasico’ on Sunday to move to the top of LaLiga.

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After drawing with Inter Milan in midweek, Barcelona and manager. Xavi Hernandez were on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League.

Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr’s relentless pace and Toni Kroos’s precise passes were the architects of several chances, including the first two goals.

In the build-up to Benzema’s opener, the pair combined with nice one-touch passes, with the France striker finishing into an empty goal on the rebound after goalkeeper. Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied Vinicius from close range in the 12th minute.

Ten minutes before halftime, Vinicius took advantage of a mistake by defender Eric Garcia to run towards the area and create space for Valverde, who slotted a bullet strike past the goalkeeper while unmarked on the edge of the box.

Real were barely threatened by their lifeless opponents until the final minutes. When substitute Ferran Torres cut the deficit with a close-range strike off a low cross from Robert Lewandowski.

Rodrygo, however, secured the points from the penalty spot in extra time after being tripped inside the box.

Real Madrid now leads the table with 25 points, three more than Barcelona.

Sunday’s Clasico saw Real Madrid defeat Barcelona 3-1 to pass their arch rivals at the top of LaLiga.

Fede Valverde scored the second goal from the edge of the box before halftime. Following a stop from Vinicius Junior by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Karim Benzema scored the game’s opening goal in the 12th minute by converting a rebound.

Ansu Fati’s excellent performance in the closing minutes allowed Ferran Torres to restore Barcelona’s lead, but. Rodrygo won and successfully converted a late penalty to secure Carlo Ancelotti’s victory.

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