El Clasico: Sergio Ramos heads Real Madrid to victory over Barcelona

Barca were left furious in stoppage time as referee Miguel Perez Lasa didn't award a penalty from what appeared to be a trip by Ramos on Adriano and Valdes was sent-off after the final whistle for his protestations.

updated: March 03, 2013 09:14 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona's recent slump continued as Sergio Ramos' header nine minutes from time handed Real Madrid their second win over the Catalans in five days.

Karim Benzema had given the hosts the perfect start as he stabbed home Alvaro Morata's cross after just six minutes, but Barca were level just 12 minutes later when Lionel Messi equalled Alfredo di Stefano's record for goals scored in Clasicos as he rifled in his 18th strike in clashes between the two.

The rest of the first half was then played out at a rather pedestrian pace but the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Madrid bench livened up matters after the break and Madrid eventually found the winner when Ramos rose highest to power home Luka Modric's corner.

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