Thanks in particular to a penalty from their captain Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid won 3-1 in the first clasico in history played behind closed doors due to the new coronavirus pandemic against FC Barcelona for the 7th day of Liga.
Sergio Ramos in Messiah: injured this week, captain Merengue returned in time to offer Real Madrid and Zinédine Zidane a liberating victory (3-1) in the first clasico in history played behind closed doors on FC ground Barcelona for La Liga Matchday 7 on Saturday.
Metronome captain: completely disoriented in the absence of Ramos on Wednesday against Shakhtar Donetsk's B team in the Champions League (3-2 defeat), Real Madrid has regained its leader and its fighting spirit.
A penalty that stuns Barça
Victim of a violent blow to the left knee during the defeat of the Merengue against the promoted Cadiz (1-0) on Saturday in La Liga, Ramos this time knocked out Barça with a penalty conceded by the French international Clément Lenglet on a draw of jersey in the area (60th).
At the start of the match, Fede Valverde (5th) opened the scoring for the defending Spanish champions, before being joined three minutes later by Barça on a realization of Ansu Fati (8th).
After Ramos' decisive goal, Luka Modric then came to definitively drive the point home in the 90th to allow Zinedine Zidane's men to win and take the lead in La Liga.
After barking orders and encouraging his men from the bleachers of the small Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium on Wednesday, Ramos resumed his place as conductor on the lawn of a Camp Nou emptied of its 99,000 supporters.
He thus offers a big breath to Zinédine Zidane, who was already worried about his future after two consecutive defeats.
"I am responsible. (...) I am the coach, it is up to me to find solutions", assumed the French technician on Friday, in the heavy atmosphere generated by the poster between clubs the most followed of the world disputed in the middle of the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Spain.
Ramos, "our leader"
The solution is Ramos: "Sergio is our captain, our leader", summed up "Zizou" at a press conference on Friday.
"For them it is important to know whether Ramos is going to play or not. He is a great central defender with a lot of personality on the pitch, and he can influence the game", predicted Ronald Koeman, Barca coach , the same day.
At first somewhat borrowed from the first Catalan forays into the White House camp in the first period, Ramos then proved dangerous as usual on Madrid set pieces, and assured in defense, as on this intervention necessary in front of Ansu Fati (69th) in the area.
With this penalty difficult to judge but awarded by the referee with the help of the video, Real regained certainties (a high-flying Thibaut Courtois), and Ramos extinguished the performance of the Catalan prodigy Ansu Fati, who has again broke precocity records on Saturday.