Last-gasp Messi seals memorable 'Clasico' win for Barcelona

Carvajal Ramos red card defined Clasico and Madrid loss to Barca

Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with nearly the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

With two minutes added time, Messi scored a brilliant goal on the dead of injury time to bury the game and win it for Barcelona who are now tied on points with Madrid but top La Liga with superior goal difference.

Indeed, Capello, who won two Liga titles during his two spells in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, was enraged by Sergio Ramos' two-footed lunge on the Argentina worldwide, which resulted in the Real defender being shown a straight red card.

Messi scored his 500th goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid.

Messi - sporting a black eye and damaged teeth following Marcelo's first-half challenge - struck twice in a dramatic 3-2 win to take Barcelona to the top of LaLiga.

Real Madrid were three points ahead of their rivals atop La Liga with one game in hand, but Zinedine Zidane still wheeled out his big guns in an attacking 4-3-3, and was rewarded when Casemiro hit the opener.

The timing of Messi's strike also saw Barca gain revenge for Sergio Ramos' stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw when the sides last met at the Camp Nou in December a year ago.

"Leo's greatness is that he keeps surprising us", Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta said.

Casemiro gave Real a 28th-minute lead after Sergio Ramos had hooked against the post. "We are really happy for the victory and for him, because we need him". "I'll have to be careful and breathe slowly so I make good contact with my foot!"

Dani Carvajal, one of the best right-backs on the planet, was still swinging his leg at fresh air by the time Messi had him turned and slotted underneath Keylor Navas to get Barcelona into a game they were surely out of. Although the 30-year-old was unable to win an Olympic medal at home with Brazil, she remains one of the game's most influential figures. "The fact he has scored his 500th goal shows all of us as Barca fans are lucky to have him identified with the club". As for set pieces, Cristiano has converted 51, 18 more than Messi, whose figures are much better than his nemesis over the last two seasons.

"Drawing the game with 10 men, to press high up the field is risky and we paid for that", said Zidane. When you don't kill off the game, it can pass you by and that's what happened.

"We have achieved our objective, we have a chance and we have to take it".

Barca, meanwhile, host bottom of the table Osasuna and will be ready to pounce should Madrid drop points in what has been a topsy-turvy campaign. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that, but for me a red card was excessive. "I don't talk about the referees because they can make mistakes like any of us and I'm never going to discuss it".

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