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2-0 Barcelona: Vinicius Junior opener and Mariano Diaz late strike end hosts' run of seven Clasicos without win and sees them leapfrog their arch rivals at the top of La Liga as visitors suffer first defeat to Zinedine Zidane's men since 2017 Vinicius' deflected effort and Mariano Diaz's late goal secured a first Clasico win for since 2017 Vinicius' strike was deflected in off Gerard Pique before Mariano ran on to a throw-in before bundling home The result saw Madrid go one point in front of their arch rivals at the top of the La Liga table after the win  Antoine Griezmann, Arthur and Lionel Messi all missed first-half chances for Barcelona after a shaky start  goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois denied Messi twice and Arthur while Griezmann fired over 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 21:54 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 22:01 GMT, 1 March 2020

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put their Manchester City defeat behind them by winning the Clasico and moving back to the top of La Liga.

For 70 minutes it seemed that Cristiano Ronaldo had picked the perfect night to take his seat in his private box at the Santiago Bernabeu and watch his old team. were battering Barcelona but could not score.

But with 20 minutes left 19-year-old Vinicius found the back of the net thanks to a Gerard Pique deflection and were ahead.

Vinicius Junior's second goal of the season saw Real Madrid clinch a first Clasico victory over Barcelona since 2017

Vinicius Junior's second goal of the season saw clinch a first Clasico victory over Barcelona since 2017

The Brazilian received Toni Kroos' pass before his shot took a nick off Gerard Pique to take it past Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The Brazilian received Toni Kroos' pass before his shot took a nick off Gerard Pique to take it past Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Mariano Diaz then sealed the win in added time by running onto a throw-in before bundling home from a tight angle

Mariano Diaz then sealed the win in added time by running onto a throw-in before bundling home from a tight angle

The loss for Lionel Messi's men was their first against Real Madrid since 2017, since which they had been unbeaten in seven

The loss for Lionel Messi's men was their first against since 2017, since which they had been unbeaten in seven

MATCH FACTS 

(4-1-4-1): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro; Valverde (Vazquez 86), Isco (Modric 79), Kroos, Vinicius Junior; Benzema (Mariano 90+1)

Subs not used: Areola, Militao, Bale, Mendy

Goal: Vinicius Junior (71), Mariano (90+2)

Bookings: Carvajal, Vinicius

Barcelona (4-4-2): ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Vidal (Braithwaite 69), Arthur (Rakitic 80), Busquets, de Jong; Messi, Griezmann (Fati 81)

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