Barca were enjoying a 39-game unbeaten run before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal handed Real a 2-1 victory to secure an unlikely El Clasico victory on Saturday.
Gerard Pique opened the scoring with a header from a 59th-minute corner, as Barca appeared set to build on their 4-0 victory earlier in the campaign with another victory over their arch rivals.
However, Karim Benzema levelled the contest with an excellent volley before Ronaldo’s fine late effort secured all three points for Los Merengues and cut Barca’s lead at the top of La Liga to six points.
Barca—fresh from their victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening—will be desperate to return to winning ways in the league when they face Real Sociedad on Saturday.
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Speaking to AS TV, Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto has revealed that he expects Barca to come out strongly when they return to league action, as they look to consolidate top spot.
“Barcelona can’t be careless in the league after the defeat against Real Madrid,” Prieto began. “It always takes a special illusion to win at Barca.”