Barcelona defeats Real Madrid in thrilling El Clasico
The comeback win of Barcelona against Real Madrid in the recent “El Clasico” match had a great impact on luck and the team’s determination in the final minutes of the game at the Nou Camp.
The 26th round of La Liga’s “El Clasico” match at Nou Camp was very exciting. With the advantage of playing at home and the ability to control the ball, Barcelona was proactive in keeping the pressure on Real Madrid from the start. In just 5 minutes, Braugana had 3 attempts from Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Roberto, but failed to beat Courtois.
Not to be outdone, Real responded with sharp counterattacks and scored a goal in an unexpected way. In the 10th minute, Vinicius sent a cross from the left flank, the ball touched Ronald Araujo’s head, changed direction, and went into the net to the surprise of goalkeeper Ter Stegen and his teammates.
Barca conceding early forced them to push their team higher up the field. However, faced with Real’s solid defense, the home team could not play short passes and had to resort to long balls to create maximum chances for Lewandowski. But in the goal, Courtois was very focused, making Barca completely stuck.
But at the most stagnant moment, the goal came. In the last minute of the first half, the ball was pumped into the box. Raphinha’s shot was blocked, the ball bounced to Sergi Roberto’s feet and this time he beat Courtois.
In the second half, Barca slowed down, kept possession, and defended tightly. Because a draw at home was acceptable to them as it would not affect the gap in the standings with Real.
In the final minutes, Braugana’s defensive efforts almost crumbled in an instant. In the 81st minute, Rodrygo made a breakthrough on the left wing and passed to Carvajal, who then crossed the ball to the far post for Asensio to score with a deft touch. Fortunately for Barca, VAR intervened and disallowed the goal for offside.
However, Real’s risky play in the final minutes proved costly. In the 92nd minute, Barca launched a quick counter-attack with a heel flick to Balde on the wing. The young defender then delivered a perfect cross for Kessie to score a close-range shot and make it 2-1 for Xavi’s team.
There wasn’t enough time left for Real to equalize. The final score of 2-1 gave Barca a 12-point lead over their rivals in La Liga with 12 rounds remaining. This was Braugana’s third consecutive victory over Real in four meetings this season.
Notably, according to statistics from OptaJose, Ronaldo Araujo became the first player to score his own goal in the “El Clasico” matches in La Liga in the 21st century. The Uruguayan defender also became the first Barcelona player to score an own goal in El Clasico matches across all competitions in nearly six years, since Pique did the same in the Spanish Super Cup in August 2017.
Meanwhile, Franck Kessie secured a 2-1 win for Barcelona against Real when he scored in the 91st minute and 2 seconds, becoming the latest goal scorer for Barcelona in “El Clasico” matches in La Liga after 6 years since Lionel Messi scored at the 91st minute and 48 seconds to help Barcelona beat Real 3-2 at the Bernabeu Stadium in April 2017.
As for Xavi Hernandez, he became the first Barcelona coach in 12 years to win three El Clasico matches in a year, replicating the feat achieved by Pep Guardiola in 2011.
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