Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in El Clasico and move top
Match report as Real Madrid makes light work of FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu in this season’s first El Clasico clash.
Reigning champions, Real Madrid beat Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu with goals from Benzema, Valverde and Rodrygo.
After winning the EL Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid moves to the top of the LaLiga table. The reigning Spanish champions defeated Barcelona thanks to goals from Benzema, Valverde, and Rodrygo, extending their unbeaten streak to 14 games this season. Ancelotti’s men are the league’s only unbeaten team.
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The Clasico began with both teams looking to control possession, and it was Barcelona who fired the first warning shot, a long-range effort from Raphinha, with 5 minutes gone. Real Madrid responded quickly after Mendy made a run down the left before playing in Vini Jr.whose shot just missed the mark.
The Whites were at ease, and they took the lead in the 12th minute. Kroos started a quick counter-attack with a great pass to Vini Jr., who cut inside the area but his shot was blocked by Ter Stegen before Benzema picked up the rebound and made it 1-0.
Valverde extended the lead.
The tempo slowed as the minutes passed, and Barça created the odd chance. The best chance came in the 25th minute when Lewandowski shot wide at the back post after Raphinha’s cross.
Ancelotti’s team increased the tempo of the game, and Valverde doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark. A team goal involving Vini Jr, Tchouameni, Mendy, and the Uruguayan, who struck a right-footed shot from the edge of the area just inside the post, leaving Ter Stegen with no chance.
Following the restart, the script remained the same, as Real Madrid had two excellent chances to extend their lead to 3-0. Benzema had the ball in the back of the net with the very next move, a gorgeous curling effort that was ultimately ruled out by VAR for offside against the Frenchman (52nd minute).
Ancelotti’s team had the visitors pinned back, and with 70 minutes on the clock, Benzema shot high after a nice link-up play between Modri and Valverde.
As the game neared its conclusion, Barcelona pushed forward in search of a goal. Ansu Fati tried his luck from outside the box, but his shot went wide before Ferran Torres cut the deficit in the 84th minute (2-1).
In the 90th minute, Eric Garcia brought down Rodrygo in the box, prompting VAR to summon the referee to the monitor and point to the spot. The Brazilian forward, who had taken over for Vini Jr., scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-1 at the end.