Barcelona 1 – 2 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid players celebrate yet another El Clasico away victory against Barcelona with the result ending up 2 – 1 in favour of Los Blancos.

At the Nou Camp, in front of 86,000 spectators, there were no promising opportunities in the first 25 minutes after which Barcelona had a great opportunity to take the lead. Memphis Depay made a decent pass on the left side for Dest who could have chosen the way to checkmate Thibaut Courtois, but he shot high over the goal from five meters.

In the 32nd minute, David Alaba started the action in his own half, ran across the field to get assisted by Rodrygo Goes. He shot the ball with great power and precision into the far corner and scored for 0 – 1. By the end of the first half, Barcelona threatened through Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati, but their shots in the 35th and 45th minute were inaccurate.

At the beginning of the second half, Barcelona attacked, but Real’s defense was at a high level. The Kings concentrated on counterattacks, and a good one was performed in the 55th minute when Ferland Mendy shot and Marc-Andre ter Stegen stopped it firmly. In the 63rd minute, Karim Benzema also tried, but his shot was also saved by Barcelona’s goalkeeper.

Barca made a serious threat in the 74th minute when Dest set up a shot from 20 meters, but the ball went just over the crossbar of Courtois’ goal. By the end of the match, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman tried to equalize by sending Gerard Pique into attack, and by introducing Sergio Aguero, but this opened up space for counterattacks, which Real used in the 90 + 4 minute. Marco Asensio shot from the left side, Ter Stegen bounced the ball to which Lucas Vazquez ran and scored for 0 – 2. All that Barcelona managed to do by the end of the match was score for 1 – 2 in the 97th minute when Dest hired Aguero who tapped the ball in.

Real Madrid thus recorded their 99th victory in the 247th El Clasico. Barca remain on 96 wins, while 52 matches ended without a winner.

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