Review Barcelona – Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona demolished Real Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou in a game in which Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in between Coutinho’s opener and Arturo Vidal’s debut goal.Barcelona starting lineup: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez Real Madrid starting lineup Thibaut Courtois, Nacho, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Gareth Bale, Karim BenzemaAt the beginning, Barcelona were looking to take the game to Real Madrid, but Los Blancos weren’t about to be dominated. Despite seeing very little of the ball, they controlled it with confidence whenever they had it. Karim Benzema even had the first shot of the match when Bale escaped on the left flank and found the Frenchman at the edge of the box. However, minutes later, Jordi Alba was left wide open on the flank. Real Madrid’s defensive lapse was costly, as the diminutive side back waited until the last moment and then cut the ball back to an alert Philippe Coutinho, who executed routinely to make it 1-0 for Barca.Barcelona’s supreme confidence rose further after the goal. 70% of the possession was theirs and you could feel Real’s desperation. After a couple of dangerous actions, in the 19th minute, a giveaway gifted Arthur an opportunity to shoot from a very good position. He did, but Courtois made a fantastic save to prevent him from scoring. The stakes of this particular match always bring tension and that was demonstrated with a high quantity of committed fouls, not all of which were whistled by the referee.In the 28th minute, Luis Suarez shouted for a penalty when contacted by Raphael Varane in the box. Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez didn’t initially show on the spot, but after consulting VAR, a penalty kick was given. It was a clumsy challenge by Varane, so even though Suarez fell too easily, there was enough contact to justify Sanchez Martinez’s decision. Suarez took it himself and found the angle of the net perfectly to make it 2-0.The referee kept the cards in his pocket as long as he could. Rakitic’s and Nacho’s back-to-back bookings late in the half were the first ones in the game. Frustration was sneaking into Real’s players, who were being outplayed and outwitted in the every area of the pitch. The first half ended 2-0, but it could’ve easily been more.🇧🇷 @Phil_Coutinho strikes first! ⚽️#ElClasico pic.twitter.com/Ov7I3DPIcM— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 28, 2018In the 50th minute, an always aware Marcelo got on the end of a deflected ball inside Barcelona’s box and a great first touch opened up the net for the Brazilian, who scored to get Real Madrid back into the contest. The goal came from nowhere, but it was punishment for Barcelona’s missed chances. The goal also put a spring in the steps of Real’s players, whose pride woke up in the second half. In the 56th minute, a defensive mistake led to an open shot for Luka Modric. World’s best player froze ter Stegen and unluckily hit the post. It should’ve been 2-2. The visitors’ renewed self-belief put Barcelona on the ropes.In the 60th minute, Sergi Roberto made a great run, which was seen by Ivan Rakitic. The Croatian international found him with a great pass and Roberto cut it back to a falling Suarez, who did his best to get a leg on the ball and hit the woodwork. The two giants were exchanging punches. On the other side, a last-gasp block by Gerard Pique stopped Isco from getting a shot on goal which probably would’ve found the net.In the 68th minute, Lucas Vasquez was left all alone and sent a cross which landed right onto Benzema’s head. The Frenchman didn’t get the best of touches on it, otherwise the result would’ve been tied. Real Madrid were simply a completely different team in the second period. They were the ones taking the game to Barcelona instead of the other way around. Nelson Semedo was introduced onto the pitch and minutes later, Ousmane Dembele came on as well, as Ernesto Valverde realized his team was lacking pace.Dembele was in the center of the action which led to Barca’s third goal of the game. He was the one who took the ball at midfield and pushed it towards the penalty area before passing it on to Sergi Roberto. The utility man crossed the ball and Luis Suarez reacted like a top goalscorer, heading the ball with class into Courtois’ net. It was a timely goal for Barcelona and a painful blow for Real Madrid.Philippe Coutinho, Bayern MunichPhilippe Coutinho faces a late fitness test at Bayern Munich Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac plans to make a late decision on Philippe Coutinho’s availability this weekend after returning from representing Brazil.Is that the game?Luis Suarez has his second of the game as Barcelona lead Real Madrid 3-1.A brilliant header. #ElClasicoLive here: https://t.co/d3Vk7hBuuZ pic.twitter.com/gwuRECo2fL— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 28, 2018Soon after the goal, Bale was replaced by Asensio. Lopetegui’s team opened up and the opposition had a lot of space to exploit. They nearly did, as numbers in a counter attack should’ve led to a goal. Indecisiveness at the end of it derailed it. Moments later, Marcelo pulled up with a hamstring injury after making a backheel pass. He immediately signalled he wouldn’t be able to continue and left the pitch with tears in his eyes. Mariano Diaz came on to replace him.Not long after that, Sergio Ramos made a horrible mistake at midfield, misjudging and mishitting an easy ball. Sergi Roberto was there to take the ball away and follow it through to an open Luis Suarez, whose cheeky finish over Courtois gave the Uruguayan his first hat-trick of the season. That was the end for Los Blancos. Barca weren’t about to let up, though. This was El Clasico after all. The more goals the better. In the 87th minute, Arturo Vidal, who replaced the phenomenal Arthur minutes earlier, scored his first goal for his new club.⚽️ #Barcelona 5:1 #RealMadrid | La Liga | Day 10 | #Arturo #Vidal 87’#BARRMA #ElClasico via @VideoGoals_HD pic.twitter.com/b6mxI6wEjg— via @VideoGoals_HD (@viaVide13826451) October 28, 2018Luis Suarez and Mariano Diaz exchanged chances after that and then the referee blew the final whistle. A stunning performance for the home team, who were given a scare at the beginning of the second half, but Dembele’s introduction made the difference. 5-1 Barcelona. Does this loss spell be the end for Julen Lopetegui?last_img