First Division - Day 12

Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid 0

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Keita (Touré Yaya 66'); Messi, Henry (Ibrahimovic 50'), Iniesta. 4-3-3.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol, Pepe, Arbeloa (Raúl 73'); Lass, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo (Benzema 66'), Kaká, Marcelo; Higuaín. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 56. Ibrahimovic. First time shot wide of Casillas from Dani Alves cross.

Yellow cards: Albiol 40', Lass 47', 89', Busquets 50', 62', Pepe 68', Marcelona 78' / red cards: Busquets 62', Lass 89'.

Barcelona came out on top in the big "derby" match on Sunday, beating Real Madrid 1-0 to move two points ahead of their arch-rivals in the table.

Pellegrini's team put in a good performance, and could have taken the lead in the first half when Cristiano Ronaldo forced a good save out of Víctor Valdés. But ten minutes after the restart second half substitute Ibrahimovic got on the end of a Dani Alves cross to fire a first time shot past Casillas.

A few minutes later the locals were left with ten men when Sergio Busquets picked up a second booking, but they could still have increased the lead, Piqué and Abidal going close and Casillas having to save from Messi late on. Numbers were evened up at the end when Lass was also shown a second yellow card in injury time.