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The real Madrid took the first classic post Messi (1-2) with a Alaba goal in the first half that he BarcelonaAs willful as he was harmless, he was unable to go back. Lucas Vázquez and Agüero scored in the added, in an even match and with few scoring chances.
Barelona went to look for Madrid from the beginning, eager to please a Camp Nou practically full, which today recovered all its splendor for the first time since the pandemic. Thus, the first 20 minutes were of clear local dominance, until the white outfit began to stretch and Vinicius to activate on the left wing to start sowing the doubt in the Barça defense.
In its first appearance in the area, the Brazilian claimed a penalty for a push from Miguenza that the referee did not grant. And shortly after, Barcelona would have the first chance of the match in a play to the left of Memphis who ended up with the ball in Dest’s boots. The American side, who today acted again as a winger, inexplicably sent in the spherical to the clouds with Courtois practically beaten.
And there are, at least, three certainties in this life: that we will all die one day, that the water gets wet and that Koeman’s Barça has less punch than a nursing home team. Quite the opposite of him Real Madrid, that on his first clear arrival, after half an hour, he only needed to link four passes in one counter for Alaba to shoot cross shot with the left foot to Ter Stegen to put the 0-1.
Ancelotti, who repeated the eleven that thrashed Shakhtar, the script was clear from the first minute: endure the timid onslaught of his rival and hurt the counterattack. Piqué was able to tie shortly after, but a Memphis corner kicked too crossed, and Alaba covered a shot from Ansu Fati, assisted by Jordi Alba, shortly before the end of the first half.
Second half of the classic
Koeman moved to the bench to rest, giving entrance to Coutinho by Mingueza, delaying Dest al lateral and passing from a 4-4-3 to a 4-2-3-1, with the recently entered Brazilian attacker acting in the midfielder. The same touch-up that the Dutch coach made, with little success, four days before, in the Champions against Dynamo Kiev.
However, Barça came out again with more ambition than Real Madrid at the beginning of the restart but, like many games this season, it was again a want and can not.
Those of Ancelotti, comfortable in the fold, they left the wear for the rival, and they were still able to sentence in two shares of Benzema. The first was a volley past the hour that the German goal stopped and, ten minutes later, the French stumbled on the goal line and could not finish off an assist from Mendy.
Barcelona, on the other hand, only approached Courtois’s goal with a shot from Dest and a header from the newly admitted Agüero, both deviant. Already with the time fulfilled, the Barça looked for the tie of the desperate but I hammered it did not hit to finish off a center of Memphis and, while claiming a penalty, Madrid put together its umpteenth counterattack.
This time it was Asensio, who had just come in for refreshment, the one who was planted alone in front of Ter Stegen. And this diverted his shot to the boots of Lucas Vázquez, who did not forgive the second.
On the next play, Kun scored the local goal in an action of pure ‘9‘, but it was too late for the team Koeman. Madrid returned to assault the Camp Nou in another exciting classic, but has gone down a couple of steps in terms of show and talent.
Barcelona-Real Madrid: technical sheet
1 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Coutinho, min.46), Eric García, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong (Sergi Roberto, min.77), Gavi (De Jong, min.85); Dest, Ansu Fati (Agüero, min.74) and Memphis.
2 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo (Valverde, min.72; Carjaval, min.91), Benzema y Vinicius (Asensio, min.87).
Goals: 0-1, m.32: Alaba. 0-2, m.93: Lucas Vázquez. 1-2, m.87: Agüero.
Referee: Sánchez Martínez (Murcian Committee). He showed a yellow card to Piqué (min.58) and Mendy (min.80).
Incidents: Match of the tenth day of LaLiga Santander, played at the Camp Nou before 86,422 spectators.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.