Barcelona signaled their return to the game after a two-goal break in the first half. Koman’s team also scored a goal by turning it around. But the end was not saved. They had to prove defeat in two consecutive clichés against Real Madrid rivals. Real Madrid led the points table in the league with a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the classic match.
However, at the end of 30 games, Real’s point is 6. Atletico Madrid have the same number of points if they play less than one game. But from head to toe, Zinedine Zidane’s team has secured first place. Barcelona is in third place with 65 points.
Barcelona was unbeaten in 19 consecutive matches at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid. This is the second match of El Clásico led by Dutch coach Koeman. For the first time in 31 years, a Bar veure coach saw a two-game losing streak.
In the first half of the match in a 4-3-3 formation, Real Madrid was left behind in possession of the ball, but advanced in attack. Especially in the hectic football of Vinicius Jr.-Benzema, Barça’s defense became chaotic. And Barcelona could not take advantage of the 3-5-2 formation. This is Lionel Messi’s 45th match at El Clásico. Sergio Ramos has been touched. But Messi’s performance in the first half was not so brilliant.
Real Madrid took the lead in the 13th minute of the match. Those of Zinedine Zidane advanced by 1-0. Karim Benzema scored a spectacular goal in a deep shot inside the area in the cross from Vasquez on the right. The ball hit the goalkeeper Ter Stegen and was caught in the net. Defender Arajo was in front of Benzema but the team could not do anything.
In the 18th minute, however, Barcelona could have equalized the game. In the center of Messi, Usman Dembele could not catch his head.
Real widened the gap again. Ronald Arzu blocked Vinicius Jr.’s entry. After 26 minutes, a mistake by the home side’s left defense allowed Tony Cruz to get through. He outclassed the home side’s keeper, adding another goal for the visitors.
Valverde’s shot went just wide of the post 34 minutes into the game, but the home team’s far left defense managed to sort the situation out in the end.
Meanwhile, Barcelona attacked but Usman Dembele could not succeed. The referee did not sound the penalty whistle, even after the striker entered the area.
But in the end Barça got two good chances. Messi shines a little. His shot from the corner kicked the post. And just after that he pulled the ball out of the corner and shot into goal, but goalkeeper Cortoya didn’t let it be a goal.
After the break, Barcelona changed training. Griezmann started off with a 4-3-3 lineup. The intensity of the rain also increased considerably then. At the same time, Barça started to play a bit erratic. The Catalans also took the lead in 60 minutes. Jordi Alba crossed the gap with a volley shot by Mingueza.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of counterattacked one to the right. Then the tension wears off. But the desired goal was not seen.
Bar must be disappointed when Messi’s cheeky goalkeeper injures his palate. R de Jong’s shot hit the bar and the match was not evenly matched.
Real Madrid left the field after winning the match against their rivals with a score of 2-1 in the end.