Real Madrid took the first post-Messi classic (1-2) with a goal from Alaba in the first half that Barcelona, as willful as it was harmless, was unable to overcome. Lucas Vázquez and Agüero scored in the added, in an even game with few chances to score.
Barça went out to look for Madrid from the beginning, eager to please a practically full Camp Nou, which today was recovering all its splendor for the first time since the pandemic.
Thus, the first twenty minutes were of clear local dominance, until the white team began to stretch and Vinicius to activate on the left wing to start sowing doubt in the Barça defense.
In his first appearance in the area, the Brazilian claimed a penalty for a push from Miguenza that the referee did not concede. And shortly after, Barcelona would have the first chance of the game in a play down the left of Memphis that ended with the ball in Dest’s boots.
The American winger, who was acting as winger again today, inexplicably sent the ball sky high with Courtois practically beaten.
And the thing is that there are, at least, three certainties in this life: that we will all die one day, that the water gets wet and that Koeman’s Barça has less hit than the asylum team.
Quite the opposite of Real Madrid, who in his first clear arrival, after half an hour, only needed to link four passes in a counter for Alaba to shoot Ter Stegen with his left foot to make it 0-1.
Ancelotti, who repeated the eleven that thrashed Shakhtar, was clear about the script from the first minute, withstanding the timid onslaught of his rival and hurting the counterattack.
Piqué was able to tie shortly after, but headed too far across a Memphis corner kick, and Alaba covered a shot from Ansu Fati, assisted by Jordi Alba, shortly before the end of the first half.
Koeman moved to the bench at half-time, bringing in Coutinho for Mingueza, delaying Dest to the wing and going from 4-4-3 to 4-2-3-1, with the newly entered Brazilian attacker acting in the midfielder. The same retouch that the Dutch coach made, with little success, four days before, in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev.
However, Barça came out again with more ambition than Real Madrid at the start of the restart but, like many games this season, it was again a want and I can’t.
Those of Ancelotti, comfortable in the fold, left the wear and tear for the rival, and were still able to sentence in two actions by Benzema. The first was a volley after the hour that the German goal stopped and, ten minutes later, the Frenchman stumbled on the goal line and failed to finish off an assist from Mendy.
Barcelona, on the other hand, only approached the goal of Courtois with a shot from Dest and a header from the recently entered Agüero, both deflected.
With the time expired, Barça was looking for the desperate tie but Piqué was unable to finish off a Memphis center and, while claiming a penalty, Madrid set up its umpteenth counterattack.
This time it was Asensio, who has just come in for refreshment, the one who stood alone in front of Ter Stegen. And this diverted his shot to the boots of Lucas Vázquez, who did not forgive the second.
On the next play, Kun scored the home goal in a pure ‘9’ action, but it was too late for Koeman’s team. Madrid returned to assault the Camp Nou in another exciting classic, but one that has dropped a couple of steps in terms of spectacle and talent.
– Data sheet:
1 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Coutinho, min.46), Eric García, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong (Sergi Roberto, min.77), Gavi (De Jong, min.85); Dest, Ansu Fati (Agüero, min.74) and Memphis.
2 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo (Valverde, min.72; Carjaval, min.91), Benzema and Vinicius (Asensio, min.87).
Goals: 0-1, m.32: Alaba. 0-2, m.93: Lucas Vázquez. 1-2, m.87: Agüero.
Referee: Sánchez Martínez (Murcian Committee). He showed a yellow card to Piqué (min.58) and Mendy (min.80).
Incidents: Match of the tenth day of LaLiga Santander, played at the Camp Nou before 86,422 spectators. EFE