REAL MADRID beat rivals Barcelona 2-1 at home in an entertaining, rain-soaked El Clasico on Saturday to go top of LaLiga.
Karim Benzema put the champions in charge at a soggy Bernabeu stadium with a delightful backheel in the 14th minute.
And a deflected Toni Kroos free kick doubled Real’s lead in the 28th.
Barca hit back on the hour mark through Oscar Mingueza to revive their hopes.
And the defender almost found the equaliser later on to rescue a point.
The Catalans also had a huge penalty appeal waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a challenge by Ferland Mendy.
Meanwhile, Real midfielder Casemiro was sent off in stoppage time for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a minute.
There was more drama to come when Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba hit the crossbar in the fourth minute of added time.
The hosts survived the nail-biting finish to complete a sensational week.
They beat Liverpool 3-1 in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.
And Real can secure a place in the semis on Wednesday when they face the Reds in the second leg.
Zinedine Zidane’s side joined Atletico Madrid on 66 points and moved top of the table.
But Atletico can reclaim first place when they visit Real Betis on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Barca have dropped to third on 65.