Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in the La Liga match at their home ground, Santiago Bernabeu, on Sunday. As a result, they rose to the top of the league. Firstly, Fede Valverde doubled the gap after Benzema led Real. At the end, Feran Torres reduced the gap and the fight intensified. But Rodrigo’s injury-time penalty ended the visitors’ hopes of a comeback.
Real were beaten 4-0 by Xavi’s side at home in last season’s second leg. Even though the score was not so brilliant, they managed to get revenge.
Real went ahead with a fine counter-attack in the 12th minute of the game. Toni Kroos extended a short ball moments before it fell on an opposing tackle in midfield. Vinicius Jr. dodged the Barca defense and entered the box with a corner. The ball was deflected by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s outstretched hand; However, Karim Benzema sent the ball into Barca’s net with a powerful shot from 15 yards out.
The French striker scored after five games in all competitions before and after the injury. His La Liga goals this year are four.
Lewandowski missed a sure chance in the 25th minute of the match. The Polish star curled an incredible shot from close range to slide the ball past Rafinha at the far post from the right. Ousmane Dembele missed the target two minutes later.
Barca’s frustration with missed chances was amplified ten minutes later as Real doubled the lead. Vinicius Jr. again attacked down the left flank, Ferland Mendy twirled the ball around another teammate’s feet, Uruguayan midfielder Fede Valverde beat Barca goalkeeper Stegen with his D-box reduction for beat Barca goalkeeper Stegen with a low shot from distance.
Barcelona had another chance in the 43rd minute, having led in attack and possession from the start. However, this time Lewandowski couldn’t keep his head on goal after defender Dani Carvajal’s challenge. The hosts entered the break leading 2-0.
After the second half, the game continued to slow down for a while. Barcelona’s attacks were lackluster, Real’s lacked urgency. Consequently, no chances were created in the first 25 minutes of the second half.
In the 73rd minute, Lewandowski, who entered the D area, was challenged by Carvajal from the side, and Barcelona appealed for a penalty. But the referee rejected it. Desperate to get back to fighting, Barcelona launched one attack after another. In the 83rd minute, the goal is achieved.
Fati passes in the d zone from the left edge to Lewandowski, who tries to move back towards Backhill, but not quite at the feet of Torres who rushes. Real keeper Lunin was already leading the other way, with the young Spanish striker sending the ball unhindered into an empty net.
There is still plenty of time. There is new hope in the Barcelona camp. Even if they draw, they will remain at the top of the standings. But Real prevented the defense from calming down; Alaba-Militaora didn’t give the opponent much of a chance in the rest of the time.
The coach took Rodrigo away from Vinici immediately after conceding the goal. The victory was confirmed by the hand of the Brazilian striker. When Eric Garcia fouled him in the D zone, the referee whistled a penalty after seeing VAR. Rodrigo hits the target with a perfect kick. Carlo Ancelotti’s men left the field with a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Barcelona only managed 9 shots on goal in the first 70 minutes, holding the ball more than 55% of the time. They fired 9 more shots in the remaining 20 minutes. Only 5 can be targeted in total. There, Real only took eight shots in the whole game; They sent three into the net with four goals.
Barcelona are winless in three of the last four matches in all competitions. Earlier, Xavi’s side drew with them at home after losing to Inter Milan in the Champions League. Xavi needs to strengthen the team very quickly to recover from a bad situation.
Real Madrid returned to the top with 25 points in 9 games with 8 wins and 1 draw. Barcelona, who tasted their first defeat in the tournament, are second with 22 points.