El clásico: Ibra is back! And so is CRonaldo!

Zlatan Ibrahimović scoring v. Real Madrid (AP)

The only clásico that really matters re-ignited its feud today at the Camp Nou in the wonderful city of Barcelona. And FC Barcelona proved to be quite rude hosts by defeating Real Madrid by a score of 1-0 on Zlatan Ibrahimović’s excellent goal (off an absurdly beautiful pass from Dani Alves) in the 56th minute. And that was after Real dominated the first 20 minutes – Cristiano Ronaldo, in his return, was outstanding – but failed to put one away.

After the 25th minute or so, Barcelona took over. They dominated possession by completing their trademark tic-tac-toe passes. Even Ibrahimović got into the act when he reset the attack by passing back in order to move forward. For anyone who is a fan of beautiful football, Barcelona is the team to watch (Arsenal can’t hold a candle to Barça’s passing, possession, and commitment).

Anyone who claims to be a fan of soccer owes it to themselves and watch this game, even though Barcelona isn’t at the top of its game for long stretches.

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