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Monday, April 26, 2004 

Real Madrid 1 - 2 Barcelona

FC Barcelona moved to within four points of second-placed Real Madrid CF in the Primera División on Sunday night thanks to their first triumph at the Santiago Bernabéu since November 1997.

Barça's victory put the Catalan side firmly in the race for the title with four matches remaining and provided Ronaldinho with a worthy stage to showcase his skills in the absence of his injured Madrid compatriot Ronaldo. Xavi, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho all went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half but it was not until the 53rd minute that Santiago Solari finally opened the scoring with an angled shot from inside the box.

Barça were soon back on level terms when Giovanni van Bronckhorst lobbed a cross over Iker Casillas and Kluivert was in the perfect position to bury a header. Ten minutes later, however, former Azulgrana favourite Luís Figo collected a second booking and received his marching orders. The visitors immediately sought to capitalise on the numerical advantage and Xavi clinched the winner in the 86th minute after exchanging passes with Ronaldinho.

Source: Uefa.com


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