The El Classic between Real Madrid and Barcelona was without a doubt going to be an exciting one, and after 90+3 minutes, Federico Valverde, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric ensured the three points were in their ‘crate’ at the Camp Nou arena. Madrid beat Barcelona by 3-1 as Ansu fati, the most youthful player to score in an El classico between the two sides pulled one back for the Catalans.
The game began well for Madrid as they created a clear opportunity in the 2′ minute when Sergio Ramos tried to place in a through ball to Karim Benzema to score yet the Barcelona defense were very alert and stopped that move. Barca was additionally working a few short passes to potentially get their way through to the defense of Madrid.
In the 5′ minute, an amazing assist from Karim Benzema on the right side saw Valverde at the right place at the right time to slot it past Barca keeper Neto from a slightly difficult angle.
Barcelona also began attacking after the goal from Madrid. Jordi Alba who had just returned from injury, made an impact on the left flank. Lionel Messi had a long ball from the midfield and Alba took it forward and set Ansu Fati up for an easy finish for the equaliser in the 9′ minute.
In the 29′ minute, Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet became the first member of the home side to receive a yellow card. Fortunately for Madrid, in the 63′ minute, they went up again with Sergio Ramos making it happen through a penalty as Barca’s goalkeeper Neto dived in the right direction.
But the ball was placed right in the corner by the experienced Spanish centre-back. The penalty came as a result of Barca’s Clement Lenglet pulling Sergio Ramos’ shirt inside the Barcelona box. Barcelona initiated a quick counter. Ansu Fati received a cross near the box and set himself up at close range. However, his shot missed the target narrowly.
Phillipe Coutinho should have given Barcelona in the 54′ minute but narrowly missed it. Ansu Fati made a wonderful move from the right and sent in a floated cross towards Coutinho, whose free header missed the target.
Phillipe Coutinho again unleashed a powerful shot on target from long distance. But the Real Madrid defence was alert. However, Barca won a set-piece, which was taken by skipper Lionel Messi. After a brief struggle, his cross was cleared away by Madrid players.
There was a double change for Barcelona in the 81′ minutes when Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincao came in for Ansu Fati and Sergio Busquets. Attacking substitutions from manager Ronald Koeman. Meanwhile, Rodrygo also replaced Marco Asensio for Real Madrid.
In the dying minutes of the match (90th minute), Luka Modric scored for Real Madrid just when the Catalans were going all-out attacking. And the home team has to pay the price for its over-aggressiveness. Luka Modric received the ball at the edge of the box on the counter. He was calm and composed as he dribbled past the keeper and beat two defenders on the goalline.
Barca currently occupies the ninth spot in the La Liga standings, with seven points from four games, which include two wins, a draw and a loss. The team has played two matches less than leader Real Sociedad (11 points from six outings).
On the other hand, Real is placed third, with 10 points from four games. A victory for the side from Madrid can possibly take it to the top of the points table on Saturday, with Sociedad and second-placed Villarreal (11 points) not playing until Sunday.