The second El Clasico of the campaign took place on Sunday evening, with its outcome certain to have a major say in the La Liga title race. Before kick-off, Madrid led the table by three points, ahead of - of course - Barcelona, albeit with a precious game in hand on their eternal rivals.
Well, AFTER the match, Barcelona, following a dramatic 3-2 victory, moved level on points with Los Blancos at the top of the table. Wow.
And of course, beavering away alongside all the facts and numbers, there was our beloved Twitter, demanding to have its say on one of the biggest games of each and every season...follow the story of El Clasico below:
As expected, there was plenty of pre-match banter:
On this day in 2003, Man United beat Real Madrid 4-3 in the Champions League, and Ronaldo scored THAT hat-trick.— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) April 23, 2017
Of course, matters only got more heated during the game itself:
Early penalty claim for Real Madrid! UEFAlona in 3,2,1— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 23, 2017
PENALTY?— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) April 23, 2017
Referee says no.
Replays say... pic.twitter.com/JhTyehvA6e
Gerard Pique gets the ball— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) April 23, 2017
Real Madrid fans be like pic.twitter.com/BWOwv8x76J
Marcelo getting treatment for elbowing Messi in the face. The El Clasico ladies & gentlemen.— Coral (@Coral) April 23, 2017
Really bad week for Leo Messi pic.twitter.com/4l7xnKXoGw— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) April 23, 2017
Lionel Messi by the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/9W0AP8hCct— From The Stands (@FromTStands) April 23, 2017
SHOT MAP after 25 minutes:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 23, 2017
Real Madrid: 5 shots, 4 shots on target.
Barcelona: 3 shots, 0 shots on target.
Ter Stegen being tested. pic.twitter.com/0PfkHIzuwC
Then, in the 28th minute, Madrid took the lead:
But of course, when you've got Messi, you're always in the game and the maestro equalised only four short minutes later:
MESSI! 1-1 and it was never going to take long was it! Over to you Cristiano pic.twitter.com/vZOwcTkrrR— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 23, 2017
Trying to keep track of all the scoring like... pic.twitter.com/JfXKzOkZ7d— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) April 23, 2017
Bloodied, bruised, still brilliant. pic.twitter.com/TzInl3bWpr— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 23, 2017
Oh Missi.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 23, 2017
Then things got underway again:
CHANCE! Alcacer had a huge chance to give Barcelona the lead but Navas makes a strong stop https://t.co/mRRRQdcU7F— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) April 23, 2017
When you should've been sent off against Bayern and Barca - but you're still on the field pic.twitter.com/NkUpJ5IsID— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 23, 2017
Looking at Keylor Navas and Ter Stegen tonight like pic.twitter.com/Xkh530PwGG— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 23, 2017
Marc-André ter Stegen has already made 7 saves against Real Madrid.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 23, 2017
He's been busy at the Bernabéu. pic.twitter.com/WacF3RmeAA
Just Sergio Ramos squaring up to his biggest fan... pic.twitter.com/NfCGrSRTok— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) April 23, 2017
BUFFFFFFO...no wait, Ter Stegen— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 23, 2017
A classic of a Clasico. Gripping stuff.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 23, 2017
Then the game turned on its head when Rakitic scored a left-footed screamer:
GOAL: Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona ⚽️— SPORF (@Sporf) April 23, 2017
Ivan Rakitić with an unreal strike! pic.twitter.com/5X9wY10BMO
Not too long after, perhaps almost as inevitable as a Messi goal, this happened:
Just the 22nd red card for Sergio Ramos. What a hero. pic.twitter.com/cMcD2nM5A5— Coral (@Coral) April 23, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Replay of Segio Ramos tackle on Lionel Messi. https://t.co/AJI5xzC9hJ— SPORF (@Sporf) April 23, 2017
Sergio Ramos has as many red cards for Real Madrid as Lionel Messi has goals against Real Madrid (22) pic.twitter.com/6NibphHOTm— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) April 23, 2017
But the home fans would have their revenge after James scored for Madrid to make it 2-2:
But just when it looked like ending in a pulsating draw, this happened:
Messi scores his 500th goal at the Bernabeu pic.twitter.com/S1e0YEti65— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) April 23, 2017
...So there you have it. Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona, and the La Liga title race has been blown wide open.