The Clasico was logical and Real Madrid was more blunt than Barcelona, very monotonous for 80 minutes, only awakened by Gavi’s rebellion and Ansu’s best sparks in many months. Before, a bland Barça, with the ball and without it.
One attack, one goal. Two attacks, two goals. The second, as a result of a poor clearance by Eric García in a play that did not seem to work after a kick by Carvajal to avoid an out of bounds. The action closed with a terminal shot from Valverde.
Benzema made it 3-0, but the VAR reported the Frenchman offside.
Erratic Pedri, Dembélé and Raphinha did not give Xavi’s men a reel. Not an overflow, just a cross from the Brazilian that De Jong did not reach a fringe of the goal line. Lewandowski caught a shot to the third stand, but offside.
Gavi. Finally, a rebellious Barcelona player, an insurgent. The Sevillian lacked partners. He found one in Ansu, when Raphinha and Dembélé had already paraded to the bench. Gavi, courageous as he is, recovered a ball, Ansu took the chain to Valverde and his center was not swept by Lewandowski, but Ferran could score it, with Mendy distracted. Without merit, but the time had come for Barça.
The central Eric Garcia stepped on Rodrygo, the VAR did not go unnoticed and the Brazilian striker himself sent the leader adrift with the 3-1. Without highlighting, a resolute Madrid, enough to block the way to a flat Barça.
Santiago de la Peña