Watch as Real Madrid star Marcelo makes last-ditch tackle to stop Messi and celebrate like he’d scored in Barcelona win – The Sun

REAL MADRID have Marcelo to thank for their vital 2-0 win over rivals Barcelona that saw Los Blancos return to the top of the La Liga table.

Zinedine Zidane's side edged El Clasico at the Bernabeu following second-half strikes from Vinicius Junior and Mariano – but it was a last-ditch tackle rather than a goal that made the headlines.

Just minutes after Real went 1-0 up, Lionel Messi latched on a through ball from Frenkie de Jong that set him clear on goal.

However, before the Barca captain was denied the chance to pull the trigger past Thibaut Courtois after a crucial slide tackle from Marcelo.

The Brazilian did brilliantly in catching up with Messi to make the challenge, incredibly clocking in at a faster 30.9 km/h while the Argentinian was running at 29.5/h.

Following the dramatic tackle, Marcelo rose to his feet and celebrated like he'd scored himself as he roared to the crowd in the Bernabeu.

Messi was then made to rue his missed opportunity after Mariano struck in stoppage time to seal the home side's win.

But Twitter was sent into meltdown by the exchange, with one writing: "My Messi is now old, competing with Marcelo for speed."

Another said: "Marcelo has used so many aspects of experience he has gained over the last decade today.

"Some years ago he possibly/probably fouls Messi there, causing problems as a result but that was a sensational piece of defending."

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