Real Madrid triumphed in the first Clasico of the season as David Alaba scored a stunning goal with Sergio Aguero’s first goal for Barcelona, only consolation for Ronald Koeman’s struggling side to remain in eighth place.
- Real Madrid beat Barcelona in the first Clasico of the season
- David Alaba broke the deadlock with a powerful blow in the first half
- Lucas Vazquez doubled the visitors’ last-minute lead at the Nou Camp
- Sergio Aguero scored a goal, with Barcelona remaining in eighth place
Sergio Ramos played a record 45 Classicos that even Real Madrid’s greatest attacking defender couldn’t – David Alaba started and finished with a volley in the first half past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put his side on course for a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp. .
Substitute Sergio Aguero scored a late goal for Barcelona, but Lucas Vazquez scored a second goal for Real Madrid and inflicted the third defeat in a row in the Clasico against Ronald Koeman’s team.
Alaba put Real Madrid ahead in the 32nd minute with a goal that Ramos would have been proud of.
Real Madrid won the El Clasico in Barcelona 2-1 thanks to a thunderbolt from David Alaba
Carlo Ancelotti’s men outperformed Barcelona and outperformed Barcelona for large parts of the match
Alaba scored his rocket to finish a great reaction for Real, which he started in his own box
He started moving into the center of the defense as he picked up Ansu Fati’s cross past Memphis Depay.
He took off with the ball, Memphis followed him for a few steps and then stopped running, Alaba didn’t.
When the ball went out to Vinicius, he easily slipped around Oscar Mengueza, and from within his half made a switch for Rodrygo who had been left in space after Karim Benzema pulled both of his hearts towards him.
Rodrigo found Alaba and expecting Benzema to pass the central defender to him Alaba finished the match brilliantly. His journey from square to square took nothing of him and he shot the ball past Ter Stegen from inside the area.
Memphis Depay tried to hit back with Alaba goal but didn’t do enough
Vinicius Junior (right) has been a constant threat on the left flank of Barcelona defenders
Real Madrid has brutally revealed Barcelona’s now famous inability to deal with a powerful counterattack.
Memphis scored a mistake and tried to fix it with a corner kick that Gerard Pique peeked off the far post of Thibaut Courtois.
Alaba, having outdone himself on his debut, as an assistant striker and then returned to defensive duties. When Jordi Alba played Fati, it was the Austrian defender who saved the shot on target.
The match was brought back to life just before the goal as Real Madrid wanted a penalty in the 21st minute when Vinicius cut through the left ghost bypassing Mingezza. When the Barcelona defender came back in front of him, the Brazilian went past Mingezza’s thigh and down the area.
Referee Jose Maria Sanchez overturned the appeals and Jordi Alba raced from the other side of the field to face Vinicius. He was upset that the penalty was not taken, and the Camp Nou was angered by what they saw as a dive.
Sergio Dest’s reaction after wasting a fantastic opportunity to put Barcelona 1-0 ahead in the first half
They had their chances in the first half. Memphis threw Eder Militao and when the ball reached Sergino Dest in the space in the area with a touch from Fati, the full-back, who plays as a right winger, had to score but eventually ran just behind Courtois’ goal.
Failure on both sides left them 1-0 behind in the first half and Philippe Coutinho was playing early in the second half for Mingueza.
His shot deviated from the goal for a corner kick in the first minute of the second half. Then Courtois saved Fati’s shot from Alba’s cross.
With just over half an hour left, Barcelona was resuming a penalty kick this time due to a handball against Toni Kroos. The ball hit his arm when he jumped with Frenkie de Jong but the referee made a mistake against the Dutch midfielder.
Barcelona still looked fragile in defense and Vinicius almost scored from a weak header from Dest towards his goalkeeper. The ball would not go down to the Brazilian which prevented him from finishing off Ter Stegen.
In injury time, Real put the match to sleep after Lucas Vazquez scored a second goal
There was some very late drama as Sergio Aguero pulled one back for Barcelona in the 97th minute
Then the Barcelona goalkeeper saved a shot from Benzema from close range after being sent by Luka Modric. He then approached again but Mendy’s pass was right behind him. Real Madrid was leaving Barcelona in trouble. Sergio Aguero came in with 15 minutes left to try to make them pay.
One Memphis cross head above Courtois bar. Ronald Koeman’s next move was to throw big man Luke de Jong five minutes before the end of the match. There were some whistles to him when he came in and his first touch was heavy and out of play.
Vinicius was dislodged by Carlo Ancelotti and pelted with wrapped pieces of pre-match mosaic as he walked around the perimeter of the stadium.
Ronald Koeman made changes to try to win the match but it didn’t pay off in the end
And there was more drama with a minute left when Thibaut Courtois fell after a goal kick while grabbing his left knee. Substitute Fede Valverde was injured, then Dani Carvajal moved on. This was Real Madrid’s last change, so the Belgium goalkeeper apparently told Madrid medics he could go on with the match.
He was called into action but when Barcelona launched their last attack, Pique and Coutinho couldn’t finish the match with the Brazilian missing a kick and from the split, Asensio raced clearly and when Ter Stegen saved his shot, Lucas Vazquez turned into the second goal.
It was another breakup, not as good as the first but enough to put the game out of Barcelona’s reach forever. About Aguero cross dest from close range but had a bad time to restart. Madrid has done enough.