Two second-half goals from Vinicius Jr. and Mariano Diaz made sure Real Madrid took back their rightful place on the laliga.
The long-awaited El Clasico finally kicked off at 21:00(CET) at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu home of Real Madrid.
This was the 244th official Clasico match and it was an end to end attack in the first forty-five minutes of the encounter.
Barcelona was 2 points ahead of Real at the top of laliga. Los Blancos knew this was a make or mar game.
Zinedine Zidane started with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Karim Benzema as the target man, while Barcelona played 4-4-2 formation.
An Early miss from the French International, volleying over a clear opportunity to put Madrid ahead.
The Catalans also had their missed chances in the first half of the game.
Griezman was close to scoring his first El Clasico goal but was denied by Courtois.
The Spanish shot-stopper was again called to action when Arthur beat the offside trap to go on
one with Courtois, the Spaniard once again proved why he was chosen as Laliga February player of the month.
Quique Setien’s finished the first half stronger forcing Courtois to make vital saves.
Lionel Messi also had a short save by Thibaut Courtois. At the end of the first half, Barcelona was like a team ready to take all three points.
The second half got on the way by Barcelona but it was Real Madrid dictating and controlling the game from the middle of the park.
In the 55th minute of the play it was Isco Alcorcon Brilliant curling effort that was saved by the finger tip of Marc-Andre– terstegen.
Gerard Pique made a line clearance as he prevented Isco from scoring by heading the ball out.
Barcelona, new signing Martin Braithwaite came in blazing pass Marcelo only for his cross to be stopped by Courtois.
Finally, in the 71st minute, Toni Kross brilliant pass to Vinicius Jr saw, the Brazilan run-pass Nelson Selmedo and placed the ball only to be detected by Gerard pique and into the back of the net beating Terstegen at his near post.
Barcelona was not given up yet, as they almost responded but a timely tackle from a Marcelo saw the Argentine effort saved by the Los Blancos keeper.
Late in the game, Mariano Diaz came on to replace Karim Benzema, only to score in the 92nd minute, this gave Madrid the Bragging right as they ended their four games losing streak against Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to go ahead of their rival on laliga table with a point.