There was not even a hint of surprise. The first Real Madrid-Barcelona in history was taken this Sunday by the Blaugranas (0-4), a team made, which maintains the same block as last year and which boxed the white team in their own for almost the entire game field. With eight of the nine signings on the pitch, David Aznar’s pupils made their debut among the elite at the Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas. They did it without an audience due to the pandemic, but with dozens of journalists in the stands to cover the first female rivalry between the two soccer giants in Spain. Real Madrid, which has created its women’s section almost two decades after Barça with the absorption of the Heel this summer, received in its debut a win from Lluís Cortès, current champions of the First Iberdrola, where they do not lose a mourning for two seasons.
Barcelona, with Patri Guijarro and Alexia Putellas moves that moves the team, dominated the game from the first moment. In the first section, David Aznar’s team failed to string together a bunch of consecutive passes, locked in their field by the suffocating pressure of the Catalans and the rhythm that they imposed with the ball, from one line of lime to another, always with supports between lines. After a meritorious stop in the 12th minute by Misa Rodríguez in a free kick taken by Norway’s Graham Hansen, the first Blaugrana goal came: a shot by Patri Guijarro from outside the area. The white goalkeeper, signed from Dépor this summer, had a formidable first half in which she avoided the visitors’ second goal up to three times. First he flew in a shoe from Alexia Putellas that was going to sneak into the right squad, then he thwarted a hand-to-hand from Marta Torrejón and on the edge of the break he rejected a header chopped with hemlock from Aitana Bonmatí.
Madrid was in a kind of sleep until minute 26, when Kaci tried Sandra Paños for the first time with a single shot for the Barça goalkeeper. Two minutes later, after a good action by Kenti Robles, Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani equalized the match, but the referee canceled the goal due to a very light contact on the goalkeeper. The Mexican side crossed the entire area, from right to left, and left three Barça players behind. His shot, with his less good leg, was rejected by Paños, but the ball was at the feet of Asllani, who pushed him to the back of the net. The referee, Marta Frías, pointed out the lack of the Swede, who had the position gained from the goalkeeper. Without VAR to review the action, the goal was hopelessly annulled.
Madrid tried to change the script in the second half. After a first section without a compass to keep the ball, White was deployed on the Barça field. The plan lasted only an instant, until in the 55th minute Barcelona widened the gap. A good play by Hansen culminated in a back pass that caused a rebound between central Babett and Misa, and the ball ended up holed into Madrid’s goal. The goalkeeper, who made another formidable save to Alexia Putellas after a great pass from Jenni Hermoso, could not avoid 11 minutes later Lieke Martens’ goal, which finished off a cross from Marta Torrejón. Misa touched the ball, but lacked forcefulness to prevent it from sneaking through the base of her right stick.
The entry of Sofia Jakobsson by Olga Carmona in the 70th minute revitalized Madrid’s attack. The Swede, after driving down the right wing, assisted Marta Cardona, but her shot almost point-blank with the inside was deflected. In a similar play, just a minute later, Alexia Putellas did not miss. Patri Guijarro made a change of orientation, Graham Hansen received on the right wing and gave the goal with a low center to his teammate, who gave a quality pass to the net with his talented left foot.
Despite the win, this Real Madrid has wicked for the journey that begins. Its embryo last year, Tacón —a Madrid team founded in 2014—, debuted last season at Primera Iberdrola at the Johan Cruyff Stadium against Barça with a 9-1 welcome. In the second leg, at home, they were again overwhelmed (0-6) by the Blaugranas. The team of David Aznar, beyond the bag of goals that he harvested this afternoon, managed at least to compete against Barcelona, a colossus that already rubs shoulders with the best clubs in the world in the Champions League and that is still too much for a newcomer, as much as this is called Real Madrid.
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