Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu on Thursday night in what must be considered the most scrappy, ugly, disjointed Clasico in recent memory.
Even in the context of a fixture that frequently spills over into pettiness and cynicism, this was a truly appalling edition of the most celebrated rivalry in world football. It featured wayward short passes, hopeful long balls and minimal cohesion between team-mates.
The only goal came against the run of play after a mistake from Edouardo Camavinga let in Barcelona. Franck Kessie’s shot was saved by Thibaut Courtois, bounced off Eder Militao, then was accidentally helped on its way by Nacho Fernandez. The only debate was about which Real Madrid player should be credited with the own goal. It was that kind of evening.
Amid all this chaos, it says something that arguably the most impressive player was Marcos Alonso, deployed at centre-back.