Real Madrid did it again and settled the “Clásico” for the fourth time in a row, by defeating rivals Barcelona in its stronghold “Camp Nou” 2-1 Sunday in the tenth stage of the Spanish Football League.
Real increased the difficulty of Dutch coach Ronald Koeman’s position by dropping the Catalan club with two goals from two quick counter-attacks he started from his own area.
The royal club owes its triumphant return from the stadium of its Catalan rivals twice in a row for only the third time in its history (the first in 1929 and 1930 and the second between 1963 and 1965 when he won three successive times at his rival’s stadium), to the Austrian newcomer David Alaba, who scored the first goal in the 32nd minute and Lucas Vasques, who scored the second in overtime (4+90).
The newcomer, Argentine substitute Sergio Aguero, reduced the difference (7 + 90) without preventing the defeat of the Catalan club, which was playing the first “Clasico” site since the departure of Argentine star Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain.
With his third loss in the “Classico”, Koeman became only the second coach in the history of the Catalan club to lose the first three matches against the royal rival after the Irish Patrick Aconel between 1935 and 1940, while Real achieved his best series of victories against his rival since 1965 when he achieved his seventh successive victory over “Blaugrana” in 1965 in a series that included a victory in the cup competition and six in the league.
With its second defeat of the season, Barcelona finds itself in eighth place with 15 points with a postponed match against Seville, while Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team succeeded in this victory, which compensated for its loss in the previous stage against the other Catalan pole, Espanyol 1-2 in the latter’s stadium, in the fourth Temporarily at the top, with a goal difference from Seville, who won Sunday against Levante 5-3, awaiting what will happen to the other expected confrontation on Sunday between Real Sociedad (20 points also) and hosts Atletico Madrid, the defending champion and currently fifth in the standings (17 points).
Local and Continental Suffering
It is the fifth match in a row in which Barcelona failed to win against its rival in a series that began with a negative draw at home in December 2019, while its last victory in the Camp Nou dates back to October 28, 2018, when Akram Wafada was honored by his rival 5-1.
Barcelona beat the Royal Club for the last time on the second of March 2019 with a score of 1-0 at the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium, and then overturned it four days with a 3-0 victory at the same stadium in the second leg of the semi-finals of the local cup competition.
This defeat is added to the suffering of the Catalan team in the European Champions League as well, as it won its first victory on Wednesday at the expense of Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev with a difficulty of 1-0, after two humiliating losses against Bayern Munich and Benfica, by one 0-3.
On the other hand, Real Madrid entered the “Clásico” in high spirits after regaining the tone of victories in the prestigious continental competition after its great victory over its Ukrainian host Shakhtar Donetsk, by five goals, on Tuesday.
Real settles matters with two counter-attacks
The two teams did not offer anything at the beginning of the meeting, with a field advantage for Barcelona, with the players of Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti retreating to their area, but the danger began since the 21st minute and was first from the capital club, thanks to the Brazilian Vinicius Junior, who believed that he received a penalty kick after being obstructed by Oscar Mingisa, but The referee demanded to continue playing (21), then he singled out German goalkeeper Mark Andre ter Stegen after a distinguished individual effort, but he collided with the brilliance of the latter (24).
Barcelona responded with a very dangerous opportunity after Memis Depay penetrated the left flank before reversing the ball that passed on Ansu Fati and reached the American Serginio Dest, who was alone in the face of the goal, but he threw the ball over the crossbar (25).
From a quick counter-attack that started from the outskirts of the Royal Club area, Ancelotti’s men managed to reach the Catalan net in the 32nd minute with a wonderful goal by Austrian David Alaba, who received the ball from the Brazilian Rodrigo, so he advanced and launched it from the outskirts of the area to the roof of the net, to find the former Bayern Munich back. His way to the goal in his first appearance in the Clasico.
Gerard Pique was close to launching the match from scratch after a corner kick, but his header passed very close to the right post (35).
The result remained the same until the end of the first half, then the second Barcelona began to put pressure, with Real relying on counter-attacks, which were dangerous thanks to the streaks of Vinicius Junior, who was close to the second goal of the guests, had it not been for the intervention of Dest in the last seconds to cut the ball in front of him (60).
Real continued its danger, and the French Karim Benzema was close to reaching the net, had it not been for the brilliance of Ter Stegen in defending his goal (62).
Despite some chances by both sides, especially Barcelona in the last minutes, the result remained the same until the fourth minute of stoppage time when Real snatched the second goal with a quick counter-attack that started from his area and the ball reached substitute Marco Asensio, who advanced and shot at Ter Stegen, but the ball fell. In front of Vasques, he shot it into the net (4+90).
When the referee was preparing to blow the final whistle, Argentine Aguero, who entered in the 74th minute, managed to reduce the difference after a pass from Dest (7 + 90) without that being enough to spare his new team defeat, which would increase the pressure on Koeman and his men.
And before the “El Clasico”, Seville temporarily took the lead by beating its guest, Levante, 5-3.
Seville seemed to be on the way to an easy victory when it advanced with two clean goals and then 4-1, but the guests rose up and complicated matters for coach Julen Lopetegui’s team by reducing the difference to 3-4.
However, Brazilian Fernando Regis frustrated their morale and settled his team’s third consecutive victory at the expense of his opponent by scoring the fifth goal in the 64th minute.