the essential Real Madrid mastered FC Barcelona 2-1 on Sunday at Camp Nou during the clasico counting for the 10 La Liga day, and temporarily takes over the reins of the standings (20 points) before the match between Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad in the evening (20 h).
The icons Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos left for Paris Saint-Germain, but the new stars of the clasico are there: while Ansu Fati didn’t shine, David Alaba scored a stunning first goal in the white jersey (29 e), and Real Madrid did his law in Catalonia for the 00 th day of Liga, carried by his prodigy Vinicius, and this despite an end chopped match, marked by the goals of Lucas Vazquez (90 e + 4) and Sergio Agüero (90 e +7).
The goal of the Austrian international, heir to Ramos’ N.4 since this summer, is proof that Real have better negotiated their generational handover for this first clasico of a “new era”, as qualified the Spanish press this Sunday.
At the half-hour mark, Alaba steals the ball from Oscar Mingueza’s feet on the edge of the Merengue surface. He serves Vinicius, who has left on the left wing, and also throws himself. The Brazilian finds his compatriot Rodrygo, who in turn serves Alaba, who closes his left foot and concludes with a ball lodged in the side net of Marc-André ter Stegen.
The action involved a recruit of 29 years, who arrived during the summer to reinforce a decimated defensive sector, and the two young Brazilians of the Real (21 years for Vinicius, 20 years for Rodrygo).
The other man to have shone on the merengue side was also the same Vinicius: mocked last year, he has been sharp since the start of the season alongside Karim Benzema. And he was still very dangerous in his right lane on Sunday, exploiting his speed in particular against an overtaken Oscar Mingueza, and replaced by Philippe Coutinho at halftime.
He even almost opened the scoring at the 24 e after having dribbled Marc-André ter Stegen twice in the box, but his strike was countered by Jordi Alba, with whom he had just hooked up after a contentious action in the box.
Gavi and Modric, records
Barça had their chances, but wasted them. There was this big miss from Sergiño Dest, who did not frame his shot while he was alone against Thibaut Courtois (24 e). This head of Gerard Piqué, who shaved the foot of the left post (32 e). Or this opportunity of Ansu Fati in the box, countered by David Alaba just before the break (36 e).
Result: this first clasico of the season in front of an almost full Camp Nou (86. 422 spectators), sort of he passing exam for this Catalan eleven composed only of players trained in Masia or in the Netherlands, is failed. The only positive point is the first goal in the Blaugrana shirt of “Kun” Agüero, who replaced Ansu Fati in the second half before scoring in stoppage time. But the rest of the game only confirmed the gaping faults. of this Barça in reconstruction: defensive deficiencies, and a lack of offensive leadership. Among others.
Sign of the current era change: Gavi (17 years and 80 days) became, in front of Pedri, the youngest holder in a clasico in the 21st century … while opposite, Luka Modric (36 years and 45 days) has become the oldest. But however talented the new Catalan generation may be, it was the Madrid alchemy that won the day on Sunday afternoon. Another success in the bag of Karim Benzema, silent for his 24 e clasico, but who discreetly continues the victories on the road to ” a possible Ballon d’Or, after a week marked by the trial in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape case, in which 00 months suspended prison sentence were required against him.