A prominent appearance for “the successor of Messi and Ronaldo”

Real Madrid did it again and settled the “El Clasico” 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, in which Real Sociedad remained in the lead despite his neglect of a 2-0 lead on the ground Atlético Madrid, the defending champion, and a 2-2 draw.

And the Spanish newspaper “Marca” saw that Real Madrid player, Vinicius Junior, performed an amazing performance for his team in the first half, as “his performance showed that he is the successor to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the central figure in the Clasico.”

“The Brazilian international was the player who excelled in El Clasico with his speed, dribbling skills and ability to overtake opponents in individual situations… as Barcelona’s defense struggled to contain it from start to finish.”

The royal club also owes a victorious 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 consecutive times at his rival’s stadium), to the Austrian newcomer David Alaba, who scored the first goal in the 32nd minute Lucas Vasques, who scored the second in overtime (4+90).

And the newcomer, the Argentine substitute, Sergio Aguero, reduced the difference (7 + 90) without preventing the defeat of the Catalan club, which was playing the first “El Clasico” since Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real increased the difficulty of the Dutch coach, Ronald Koeman, by dropping the Catalan club with two goals from two quick counter-attacks he started from his own area.

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 ninth 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, to advance to Second place on goal difference from Seville, the third winner, on Sunday, against Levante 5-3.

After the victory, Ancelotti expressed his happiness with the victory, adding, “But it is only three points. We played a pragmatic match, with great intelligence. Defensively, we were very neutral,” stressing “the need to take advantage of the capabilities of this team. I think we can compete with anyone. Yes, The team is very solid.”

The Italian coach considered the feat that his team “suffered, and we were able to deal with the suffering. Even without the ball, we did not lose control of the match. This is a strong point as well.”

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 5-1.

This defeat is added to the suffering of the Catalan team in the Champions League as well, as it won its first victory, Wednesday, at the expense of Dynamo Kiev, with a difficulty of 1-0, after two humiliating losses against Bayern Munich and Benfica, with a score of 0-3.

The two teams did not provide anything at the beginning of the meeting, with a field advantage for Barcelona amid the decline of Ancelotti players, but the danger began since the 21st minute and was first from the capital club thanks to the Brazilian Junior, who believed that he had received a penalty after a foul by Oscar Mingisa, but the referee demanded to continue playing (21 ), then he was singled out by German goalkeeper Mark Andre ter Stegen after a distinguished individual effort, but he collided with the brilliance of the latter (24).

Barcelona responded when Memis Depay penetrated the left flank before reversing the ball that reached the American Serginho Dest, but he knocked it 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 net in the 32nd minute with a wonderful goal for Alaba, who received the ball from 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 to the goal. In his first appearance in El Clasico.

Ancelotti praised his Austrian full-back, who found his way to the net for the first time in 11 games he has played so far in all competitions with the Royal team, saying: “As usual, he was in the place we wanted from him. He found the space and played very well.”

The result remained the same until the end of the first half, and then the second Barcelona began to put pressure, with Real reliance on counter-attacks, which were dangerous thanks to the start of Vinicius Junior.

Real continued its danger, and French Karim Benzema was close to reaching the net, had it not been for Ter Stegen’s brilliance in defending his goal (62).

Despite some chances by both sides, the result remained unchanged 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 the substitute Marco Asensio, who advanced and shot at Ter Stegen, but the ball fell in front of Vasques and he shot it into the net (4+90).

When the referee was preparing to blow the final whistle, Aguero, who entered in the 74th minute, managed to reduce the difference with a pass from Dest (7 + 90).

Soares saves Atletico

In the capital, Uruguayan Luis Soares saved his Atletico team from an inevitable loss against Sociedad after scoring two goals (61 and 77 from a penalty kick) to compensate for a 2-0 delay in front of the visitors with goals from Norway’s Alexander Surluk (7) and Sweden’s Alexander Isak (48).

Atletico raised its score to 18 points in fourth place by avoiding a second defeat in a row at the “Wanda Metropolitano” stadium, after falling 2-3 in the Champions League, on Tuesday, against Liverpool, and it was the first at home in various competitions nearly four years ago.

Before the “El Clasico” match and the capital’s meeting between Sociedad and Atlético, Seville temporarily took the lead with an exciting victory over 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.

 
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