Actual Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 within the first Clasico of the season in entrance of 86,422 followers on the Camp Nou on Sunday after a sensational strike from defender David Alaba and a late purpose from Lucas Vazquez gave Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect three factors.
Scoring first and holding off a Barcelona workforce that struggled to create possibilities. Actual Madrid goes prime of the La Liga desk, whereas Barcelona is in ninth place, 5 factors behind their rivals.
Barcelona began robust with Ansu Fati main the cost and the match might’ve taken a flip in Barcelona’s favor when U.S. worldwide Sergino Dest had the purpose at his mercy, however skied his try within the twenty fifth minute. That left the door open for Actual Madrid, which started to exert extra strain by means of the runs of Vinicius Junior, whom Barcelona struggled to comprise.
It was Vinicius who began the counterattack that led to Actual Madrid’s opener within the thirty second minute. He fed compatriot Rodrygo, who then slotted a by means of ball into area for David Alaba, who was making a marauding run into the assault from his middle again place. Alaba utilized a striker’s end previous Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen.
Barcelona introduced in a bunch of subs, together with attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho and forwards Sergio Aguero and Luuk de Jong, but it surely did not create a lot. It was Actual Madrid which discovered a approach to seal the match in stoppage time when Lucas Vasquez put away a rebound after a shot from Actual Madrid sub Marco Asensio was saved by Ter Stegen.
Aguero’s late purpose for Barcelona moments afterward a cross from Dest was too little too late and the ultimate whistle got here seconds later.
Victory was Actual’s fourth straight in Clasicos and in addition Ancelotti’s first on the Camp Nou in six visits, together with his aspect devastating on the counter-attack and the consequence shifting them provisionally prime of LaLiga with 20 factors.
“We performed a sensible sport. We knew what we have to do and the boys executed the sport plan completely,” Ancelotti mentioned.
“Our workforce take pleasure in taking part in on the counter-attack and I’ve to reap the benefits of that.”
Barcelona managed possession within the first half however Actual took the lead when Alaba began a flowing transfer with a deal with and completed it on the different finish with a left-footed drive from the sting of the field.
Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman introduced on Philippe Coutinho at halftime whereas strikers Sergio Aguero and Luuk de Jong have been additionally thrown on within the second half as they looked for an equaliser.
With seven minutes of harm time added on, Actual doubled their lead when Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a shot from Marco Asensio from one other counter-attack however Vazquez was faster than Gerard Pique to pounce on the rebound to attain.
The house aspect obtained a purpose again within the 97th minute when Sergino Dest crossed to the Aguero within the six-yard field and the Argentine tapped in for his first purpose in a Barcelona shirt.
Nevertheless it proved to be a comfort purpose, leaving Barcelona 5 factors behind in eighth place.
Koeman had warned his gamers they wanted to be simpler when controlling the ball possession and that stopping Actual’s velocity on the counter can be decisive however that was simpler mentioned than finished.
Barca managed to get the ball into harmful positions round Actual’s field however they lacked the ultimate cross.
He first dribbled previous two gamers and fell inside the world after contact with Jordi Alba however he was denied a penalty whereas he was additionally denied one other alternative when the linesman signalled offside with Ter-Stegen overwhelmed.
Barcelona wasted their greatest alternative of the primary half when Memphis Depay led a counter-attack and crossed to Dest, who was unmarked within the field however he volleyed the ball into the stands.
“I’m not pleased with the consequence. I believe we deserved extra,” Koeman mentioned.
“We knew that we couldn’t afford to overlook alternatives and that in the event that they obtained the lead, they know learn how to defend. We weren’t good within the final quarter (of the pitch).
“Dropping at dwelling to our greatest rivals in an in depth sport is although to swallow.”
Coutinho gave new life to Barca when he got here on for Oscar Mingueza however Actual saved persisting with the lengthy balls to Vinicius, who left the sport exhausted late on for Asensio.
Barcelona vs. Actual Madrid last rating
RMA — David Alaba (Rodrygo) — thirty second min.
RMA — Lucas Vasquez — 93rd min.
BAR — Sergio Aguero (Sergino Dest) — 97th min.