Real Madrid in the powerful win happy way Real Madrid climbed to the summit of La Liga for the first time since November after a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in El Clasico, thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.
Fresh off a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, Zinedine Zidane’s side got off to a flying start and were two goals up within the first 30 minutes, thanks to a superb Benzema flick and a deflected Kroos free-kick.
Oscar Mingueza’s second goal of the season set up a tense final half-hour, and Casemiro was sent off in the 90th minute, but Madrid kept on to win their third straight match against Barcelona in all competitions for the first time since 1978.
Los Blancos have moved ahead of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the standings, though Diego Simeone’s side will regain first place with a draw against Real Betis on Sunday.
Madrid starting Lineups: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Modric; Vinicius, Benzema
Barcelona starting Lineups: ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet; Dest, de Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Alba; Messi, Dembele
El Clasico is without a doubt the most important game in Europe. The entire world comes to a halt to watch it. Barcelona wanted to win this crucial game, but their first-half performance was anything but encouraging.
Barça attempted to pin Madrid down, but Madrid countered with a steely defence that stung like bees. Los Blancos’ repeated counter-attacks decimated Barça’s high line, with the two opening goals coming from rapid counters after Barcelona had lost the ball.
In the end, the tourists were down at halftime and had to fight their way back into the game right away. At halftime, it was a difficult outcome to swallow, but the Blaugrana players realized they had to step up their game after the break.
Madrid 2-0 Barcelona in the first half
The second half
The Catalans fared much better in the second half. They made a strong start and never looked back. Real Madrid were stunned, to say the least, and they had to thank Thibaut Courtois several times.
Under the heavy rain, the visitors put a lot of pressure on Madrid’s defence. It was easier to search openings behind the defence with Antoine Griezmann on the pitch.
As a result, the midfield and offence had stronger halves, and Jordi Alba seemed to be even more at ease.
Real Madrid in the powerful win happy way Real Madrid prevailed in the end due to their strong defence. Barcelona, whose strategy wasn’t the worst. Before the Spanish Cup final in a week, Ronald Koeman’s team has a lot to worry about.
Madrid 2-1 Barcelona at the end of the day.
Oscar Mingueza was named Player of the Match.
The first Clasico of Oscar Mingueza was a rollercoaster of feelings. The La Masa grad began on defence and worked his way up as the game progressed.
The juvenile was the only bright point in a backline that looked lost at sea, and he came on for Sergio Dest in the second half. His target, as well as his goal-line clearance right after that, exemplify his willpower. Casemiro was also sent off as a result of the defender’s efforts.
Mingueza did not fail in this game, even though the rest of Barça’s defence did.
13′ Key Moments SUCCESS! 1-0 Real Madrid Barcelona: Federico Valverde eludes Jordi Alba to send the ball wide to Lucas Vazquez, allowing Real Madrid to leave their defensive zone. Karim Benzema’s backheel hits the bottom right corner after a lovely cross from the wing-back.
GOAL IN THE 28th MINUTE! Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona: On the edge of the box, Ronald Araujo fouls Vinicius. Toni Kroos takes the ball and has his free-kick deflected twice before finding the net.
GOAL AT 59′! Real Madrid 2-1 Atletico Madrid Barcelona is a city in Spain. Barcelona gains possession on the left flank after Jordi Alba’s cross is deflected by all in the net. Oscar Mingueza scuffs his shot when he reaches the top of the cross. The initiative is already put forward, and the youngster reduces the deficit by half.
62′ Alba finds himself in front of Thibaut Courtois as Barcelona play some wonderful football in Real Madrid’s box. The full-back tries to fire with Pedri free, but the Belgian goalkeeper saves the attempt.
RED CARD at 90′ Mingueza takes the ball forward and combines with Francisco Trinco for a fantastic one-two. Casemiro receives his second yellow card just two minutes after receiving his first, reducing his team to ten players.