Today Barcelona won against Real Madrid in a match that was more like an XBox game than one of the Laliga matches. Camp Nou, the legendary Barca stadium hosted a game that was shameful to Real players as they only could score one goal and receiving 5. Barcelona wins the El Clasico against Real Madrid with a hat-trick by Luis Suárez – who scored at 29′, 74′ and 82′, and the goals of Coutinho (10′) and Arturo Vidal (86′). Marcelo’s goal, which was 2-1, put the whites in the game, but ended up thrashed (5-1). A result that leaves very touched to Lopetegui and disappointing to Zidane who left a kingdom with three late UEFA cups to him to rule.
The absence of Lionel Messi was not felt at all this Sunday afternoon at Camp Nou. Dominating from start to finish, the Barcelona have humiliated the Real Madrid already on the edge of the precipice, winning by the score of 5-1, by Luis Suarez’s hat-trick. From the 11th minute of match, Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring on a perfect service from Jordi Alba by the left wing. Twenty minutes later, “El Pistolero” Luis Suarez doubled the penalty spot (30′) after a foul on a Raphaël Varane tackle in the box.
The clásico holds its “new world” and, at first glance, it was less dreaming than the old one. For the first time in eleven years, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Leo Messi (who have shared the Ballon d’Or since 2008) were on the pitch. While the first makes the joys of Juventus, the second belly wounds of an elbow injury. But this Sunday, Barça did not need his star to afford a triumphal walk home (5-1), as Real Madrid was friable and unrecognizable.
Led 2-0 at the half hour mark, the Madrilenians did not hold, despite a beautiful reaction of pride just after the break. But at the end of the match, the Catalans played with a hat-trick of Suárez and a last goal from Vidal . Barça is back with a blaze of La Liga and is already 7 points clear of Real Madrid, a sad 9th in the league. Back on a match full of intensity, in all likelihood the last of Lopetegui on the bench of Real.
THE SUMMARY. Half an hour of play, already 2-0!
From the kick-off, Barça, pushed by his public, monopolizes the ball (64% in the first 10 minutes). If Benzema offered the first opportunity (a missed cover, 7′), it is Jordi Alba who dynamite the defense and offers Coutinho the first goal of the match (1-0, 10′). Despite strikes from Bale and Ramos captured by Ter Stegen (13 th , 27′), Real Madrid is in great suffering.
Just before the half-hour mark, in the penalty area, Varane hustles Suárez who gets a penalty thanks to video assistance. The Uruguayan took advantage to score his 5 th goal of the season in the league, another goal (2-0, 30′) and trigger the anger of Courtois. Barça rolls out and the opportunities rain: an exceptional center of Alba that Suárez misses (37′), a shot unscathed Rafinha (42′) and a final aborted counterattack (45′) before the break. The Madrilenians, jostled as ever, return to the locker room with their heads down.
The reaction of pride of the Real was not enough
But Real has the resource. Lopetegui, however much decried (see below) decides to launch Vásquez instead of Varane. Five minutes later, Vásquez is precisely the initiative of a cold-blooded action by Marcelo, which reduces the gap (2-1, 50′). The men of the “White House” put pressure, Modric is the post (56′), Isco could have sought a penalty (54′) and Benzema sees his country hits (57′).
The match racing and opportunities multiply: Suarez also faces the pole (61′), Pique prevents arming his shot Isco (62′), Alba narrowly missed part of recovery (64′) like Benzema of the head (67′). The French Dembélé then comes into play (74′) and it was he who launched Sergi Roberto. The lateral is patiently Suárez who with a powerful head sign a doubled (3-1, 75′). The Camp Nou ignites and the Uruguayan, decidedly untenable, adds a new goal thanks to an unstoppable pitched ball (4-1, 83′). The end of the match turns to the correction: Vidal resumes a Dembélé center (5-1, 87′) and the pigeon wing of Suárez is opposed by Courtois (90′). Barça are triumphing as Real Madrid concedes its third consecutive loss in the league, a first since 2009.
THE QUESTION. Why is Lopetegui still Real coach?
“Is there life for you after the clásico? “Asked a journalist Julen Lopetegui Saturday at a press conference. More than ever, the successor of Zidane is threatened, while Real Madrid has only one win in its last seven games. Three technicians hold the rope to succeed him: the Italian Antonio Conte, the coach of Belgium Roberto Martinez or that of the reserve of Real Madrid, Santiago Solari. But none is unanimous, the first for his relations sometimes tumultuous in the locker room, the second because he is at the head of a selection and the third for his lack of experience. But the scenario of this clásico will certainly push the Madrilenian leaders to react and quickly.
THE NUMBER. More than 500 million viewers!
The kick-off was given at 4:15 pm sharp on the Camp Nou lawn. It was 11:15 am in New York, 12:15 pm in Buenos Aires and 11:15 pm in Hong Kong, and there were many people from all over the world following the meeting. More than 500 million viewers were expected behind their television, making the clásico the most watched club match around the planet. A figure that should be more important this Sunday since the meeting is broadcast free on Facebook in eight countries in South Asia, including India and its 1.3 billion inhabitants. Finally, note that 93,000 privileged people followed the match from the stands of Camp Nou.
THE NEXT MATCHES. Waiting for Atlético-Barça!
In the coming weeks, the two flagship clubs of La Liga will face both affordable teams in the league: Valladolid, Celta Vigo, Eibar for Madrid and Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis for Catalans. However, they will move on the turf of Atlético Madrid for a shock expected on November 24. Finally, in the Champions League, the two clubs will find on their roads two Italian clubs: Inter for Barça (6 November) and AS Roma for Real Madrid (27).