As on the first leg, Real emerged victorious from the Clasico this Saturday. It was Karim Benzema who showed the way forward for the Merengue.
After winning the one at Nou Camp, Real Madrid won the second Clasico of the season on Saturday. The one disputed in Valdebebas. At home, the defending champions provided a great first half and that was enough to go for the victory. A capital victory because it allows the Merengue to temporarily seize the lead in the La Liga standings.
Benzema opens the ball
Building on their recent good results, the Castilians signed a great start to the match and it was only 13 minutes into the game to see them take the lead at the mark. An opening score signed by the inevitable Karim Benzema.
The French striker scored for the 7th game in a row in the league by cutting a brilliant heel off a serve from Lucas Vazquez. A gesture of great class, as only the greatest are capable of it, and which has proved to be very precious.
After Benzema’s masterpiece, Toni Kroos also made the powder speak. Germany stood out with a free kick (28th), but with a dose of success since his shot was deflected by the back of Sergino Dest. The trajectory of the leather then deceived Marc André Ter Stegen.
Barça relaunched but in vain
At 0-2, Barça was at its worst and it took nothing for the Catalans to yield a third time in the 35th with a double golden opportunity for Federico Valverde and Lucas Vazquez. They escaped the sinking and that’s what allowed them to return to the field for the second half with minimal hopes for a return to the mark.
Hopes that became a little more concrete at the hour of the game when defender Oscar Mingueza reduced the score, taking over a cross from Jordi Alba and on which Antoine Griezmann had the good idea to step aside. It was 2-1 and the match was totally restarted.
With a goal late, Barça did everything to equalize. In vain. Offensively, the Catalans have failed. Lionel Messi was rather discreet, if we exclude his two attempts at the end of the first period (45th and 47th). The best opportunity to equalize is the young Moriba who offered it in the 93rd, with a recovery that failed on the crossbar. Real were then outnumbered following the expulsion of Casemiro.
Barca can therefore regret their first period in reverse, just as they can regret the decision taken by the referee in the 84th when Martin Braithwaite fell into the box following contact with Ferland Mendy. For the man in black, there was no place for a whistle of punishment.