Barcelona moved within one point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after defeating their eternal rival Real Madrid 4-3, at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The visitors came twice from behind to beat "Los Merengues", thanks to Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi who performed a hat-trick (3 goals) at Real Madrid´s home stadium. Both teams were tied 2-2 at half-time after Messi scored a record 19th goal against Real Madrid, 3 minutes before first half ended.
1-0 Iniesta had put Barcelona up ahead scoring the first goal seven minutes into the match. After receiving a beautiful pass from Messi, who with his ability passed the adversary´s defense and serve the ball to Iniesta, who hammered the ball to the top of the net guarded by Lopez.
|Iniesta celebrates first goal|
|Benzema scores one of his two goals.|
2-2 Messi scored one of his 3 goals, after a great play with Neymar. Fabregas and Pepe from Real Madrid were shown yellow cards for a scuffle after the goal.
Di María got a yellow card for a tackle from behind on Neymar on the 36th minute.
|Messi celebrates his first goal|
Ronaldo, the Portuguese star of Real Madrid had a few opportunities on the first half but shot poorly and into the hands of Barcelona´s goal keeper Valdez. The same for Argentine star Messi who also missed a a couple of chances to score, especially on the 15th minute when he was all alone but tried an angled shot that was wide off the goal. The Brazilian star Neymar, also missed good opportunities to score wasting great passes from Messi, by shooting poorly into the goal.
3-2 RONALDO scored from the penalty spot after being tripped by Dani Alves. It was a controversial play because it looked to happen outside the box but the referee awarded a penalty and the Portugal
|Ronaldo´s is fouled and converts the penalty shot|
3-3 Messi scored from the spot after on the 65th minute. Referee considered that Neymar was fouled by Ramos, who left the game with a red card, and the Argentinian tied the game.
With 10 men on the field Real Madrid was trying desperately to end the game with a tie, but their wishes unfortunately did not come true.
|The Argentine soccer star Messi once again the hero for Barcelona|