Historical Monday Clásicos

22 Nov

It’s Clásico week here on the Footy for the Soul!! A week in the full sense of the word as the epic match-up will be played on a Monday this year. No worries – anger and dismay have already been expressed, and we can now look ahead to the game itself.

To start, a trip down memory lane to the previous two instances when El Clásico featured on a Monday, both played at the Camp Nou coincidentally:

March 30, 1964 – Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 1

Madrid took a valuable three points with only three matches to play in the season. Francisco Gento opened the scoring for the visitors which was nullified by a José Antonio Zaldúa equalizer nine minutes later. Only sixteen minutes after that, the incomparable Hungarian Ferenc Puskás put Madrid ahead for good. The important three points allowed them to stay top of the league and ultimately win their 10th La Liga title by a four point margin over their rivals.

April 3, 1972 – Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Revenge! An 11th minute strike from Juan Manuel Asensi was all the home side needed to hold off their opponents.  Didn’t matter much in the end however. Barcelona finished third on 43 points, four points behind Real Madrid who won their 15th championship.

Next Monday will be the all important rubber match.  We should expect more goals than the above two combined.

(Photos courtesy of El Mundo Deportivo and Marca)

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