As a result, Real Madrid reaches 20 points, and remains at the top of the table, along with Seville and Real Sociedad, who have the same number of points, but are deprived of the tie-breaking criteria. Barcelona continues with 15 in eighth place, outside the classification zone for the next Champions League.
The next match of the Meringue will be on October 27, when they host Osasuna, while the Catalan club will visit, on the same day, Rayo Vallecano. Both matches are valid for the Spanish League.
Best: David Alaba
The defender had a great performance at the Camp Nou both offensively and defensively. He led the defensive system that neutralized notable players such as young Ansu Fati and scored a superb goal on the edge of the area.
Worst: Sergiño Dest
Koeman’s idea was to use the full-back as an attacking player who assists both Depay and Fati, the focal points of the opponent’s defence. But Dest didn’t cooperate much in this formation, and to make matters worse, he missed a clear goal chance when the match was still 0-0.
Attendance is present
Just over 86,000 people went to the Camp Nou to watch the classic. The number is lower in the last ten years if you think about the confrontation between the two giants in Barcelona, but it draws attention positively to the stage of the Catalan team and the epidemic Corona Virus.
Brazilians at work
The derby was attended by four Brazilian players who defended the national team’s colors real MadridEdir Militao, Casemiro, Rodrygo and Vinnie Jr. On the Barcelona side, the only Brazilian included was midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who was on the bench and entered the break.
In the 25th minute of the first half, Barcelona lost an incredible opportunity to open the scoring. Memphis Depay drove the ball to the entrance to the area, on the left side, and after winning Militao’s body, crossed and found Dest alone, who fired a crooked shot over goalkeeper Courtois.
Defender or striker?
Real Madrid took the lead after defender Alaba (who has played in his career as a left-back and defensive midfielder) scored a goal that many high-ranking strikers would have signed below. That’s because the Merengue team prepared a quick counter-attack that ended at the feet of the Austrian defender, who raised his head and kicked hard, and cross, with no chance for goalkeeper Ter Stegen.
The hosts improved their performance in the second half, putting pressure on Real and spending a little bit of a struggle in defence. A large part of this change was due to the entry of Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who gave more dynamism to Barcelona’s offensive sector.
Barcelona tried to equalize at all costs, but it was Real that scored. In the 48th minute of the second half, Váquez took advantage of a quick counter-attack to score the final numbers for the Spanish classic. Barcelona even backed off in the last move of the game, with Aguero, but no longer had time for anything else.
Barcelona 1 x 2 Real Madrid
Contest: The tenth round of the Spanish championship
Table: 11:15 a.m. (Brazilia)
Sweetened: Camp Nou Stadium
yellow cards: Pique (Barcelona); Mendy (Real Madrid)
Objectives: Praise 32 minutes in the first half. Lucas Vazquez in the 48th minute and Aguero in the 51st minute of the second half
Barcelona: Do you have a Stegen? Mingueza (Philippe Coutinho), Pique, Eric Garcia, Alba; Busquets, de Young (Sergi Roberto) and Jaffe (Luke de Young); Dest, Ansu Fati (Agüero), and Depay. Coach: Ronald Koeman.
real Madrid: Courtois. Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Alaba and Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos and Modric; Rodrygo (Federico Valverde (Carvajal)), Benzema and Vinny Jr (Marco Asensio). Technical: Carlo Ancelotti.
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