Match report: Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners over rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday afternoon.

Zinedine Zidane’s side headed to Camp Nou off the back of an upset 2-3 loss at home to Shakhtar Donetsk midweek, whilst neither side have made the most convincing of starts to the 2020-21 season.

Both defences looked open in the early stages of the game even before Federico Valverde finished off a fine move to give the visitors a fifth minute lead.

Barcelona were not behind for long though as Jordi Alba got away down the left wing to tee up teenager Ansu Fati to tap Ronald Koeman’s side level after only eight minutes.

The only other opportunity of note in the first half fell to Lionel Messi, whose right-footed effort inside the six-yard box was excellently saved by Thibaut Courtois. The Real Madrid goalkeeper has been one of the best goalkeepers in the world over the past two months.

Real Madrid restored their lead through a controversial penalty just after the hour mark. Whilst Clement Lenglet did have the shirt of Sergio Ramos inside the penalty area from a corner, the centre-back dived in the opposite direction to what he was being tugged in. Whether he’d have actually been able to reach the ball is another question entirely.

Still, even after checking with VAR, referee Juan Martinez Munuera awarded Zidane’s side the spot kick. Sergio Ramos duly gave Real Madrid a 2-1 lead.

Barcelona rarely looked like equalising, with Messi quiet in attack – now three El Clasico fixtures without a goal. Fati was quiet after the break whilst substitutes Antoine Greizmann and Ousmane Dembele failed to do anything in the handful of minutes they were brought on for.

Luka Modrid showed good composure in front of goal to secure the three points in the final minute.

Real Madrid move six points ahead of their rivals, with Barcelona having a game in hand. Both sides are back in Champions League duty during the week – the defending La Liga champions travelling to Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday and Barcelona travelling to Juventus the following night.

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