Ramos nods late winner as Real Madrid beat Barcelona again
MADRID (REUTERS) - Real Madrid inflicted a second painful defeat on stuttering Barcelona in five days when Sergio Ramos nodded a late winner in a 2-1 success in La Liga on Saturday.
Lionel Messi equalled Alfredo Di Stefano's scoring record for "Clasico" matches of 18 goals with an 18th-minute leveller after Karim Benzema's opener for hosts Real in the sixth minute, but it was little comfort for leaders Barca, dumped out of the King's Cup by their arch rivals on Tuesday.
Third-placed Real's victory does little to affect the domestic title race, leaving them 13 points behind leaders Barca with 12 matches left, but is another big boost ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second leg at Manchester United.
Real's trip to Old Trafford is the club's top priority and coach Jose Mourinho left key players including top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and midfielders Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil out of his starting lineup for Barca's visit.