Perfect week for the real Madrid. Winners of Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the middle of the week, the Merengues offered themselves the Cclassico Real-Barça on Saturday night with a score of 2 goals to 1. Zinédine Zidane’s men saw the lead of the Liga.
Karim Benzema opens Classico Real-Barça in style
It was not long before we saw this Classico Real-Barça dazzled by the immeasurable talent of Karim Benzema. The native of Lyon, from the 13th minute, opened the scoring in a very good way in favor of the Madrilenians. Shifted to the right by Federico Valverde, Lucas Vazquez sent an ideal cross at the near post for Benzema, scorer with a magnificent heel in front of Araujo: his 274th goal in 548 games with Real, a perfect ratio of one goal every two meetings since his arrival in 2009!
At fault for his passivity on Benzema’s goal, Ronald Araujo is also at the origin of the Merengue break. On a foul entering the area, the Uruguayan defender caused a free kick that transformed Toni Kroos, helped by the deflection of Sergiño Dest and the impotence of Jordi Alba on the goal line.
Classico Real-Barça: 100% for Real
After Antoine Griezmann came into play after returning from the locker room, Barça was a bit more enterprising. It is also on an inspiration of the French that came the reduction of the score. The former Atlético stepped aside to let Jordi Alba’s center slip away in the direction of Oscar Mingueza, a scorer from an outside of the right not very academic.
Clumsy on the counter-attack, Real did not finally give in to a too messy Barça, despite the exclusion of Casemiro at the end of the match. Zidane’s men win their second Clasico this season and take the lead ahead of Atlético’s meeting against Betis. Third, Barcelona have a deficit of one point on the two co-leaders.
Classico Real-Barça match ratings
Real Madrid (5.6): Courtois (5) – Vazquez (6) (Odriozola 43 ‘: 5), Militão (6), Nacho (5), Mendy (5) – Casemiro (6), Modric (6), Kroos (6) (Isco 72’ ) – Valverde (5) (Asensio 61 ‘), Benzema (7) (Mariano 72’), Vinicius (5) (Marcelo 72 ‘).
FC Barceone (4.6): Ter Stegen (5) – Mingueza (5), Araujo (4) (Ilaix 72 ‘), Lenglet (4) – Dest (4) (Griezmann 46’: 5), Busquets (4) (Roberto 64 ‘), de Jong (6), Alba (6) – Messi (4), Dembélé (4) (Braithwaite 81 ‘), Pedri (4) (Trincão 81’).