In the classic of silence, in the most atypical classic, he Real Madrid, what He came from losing two games to minor rivals, he resurfaced at the Camp Nou, where he won by 1-3, in a match that was broken by a penalty transformed by Sergio Ramos, after the VAR intervention.
As the crisis always goes through neighborhoods, now who suffers it is he Barça, and in both for two maximum penalties. That of this commitment was decisive, with 1-1 and the inertia of the Barcelona game, the referee, required by the VAR, signaled it in a grab from Lenglet to Ramos. The Frenchman complained that the madridista had previously held him down.
Barça, who had not had two defeats since April 2016, felt the blow and no longer reacted. Real Madrid grew and sentenced the game in the 90th minute, in an action of Luka modric. Since the 2015-16 season, the whites have not won at the Camp Nou.
It was a match with an atypical football in an atypical classic. Two goals in the first eight minutes and a feeling of bewilderment, of vertical play. The party’s argument was not based on dominating the situation, but on taking advantage of the opponent’s error.
Ronald Koeman was brave in the lineup. He put two beardless (Pedri and Ansu Fati) in the starting team, but also Sergiño Dest, who made his debut on the right wing and was one of the best of Barça. Messi was not the reference, but Ansu; Coutinho accompanied in the midfielder and Griezmann watched him from the stands.
The Real Madrid, without Modric, needed to vindicate itself and it took very little to do so. Took advantage Benzema, which was one of the best of his team, a play into space and the entry between the two centrals of Fede Valverde to give a luxury assist, settled in the best way by the Uruguayan (0-1).
In five minutes, those of Zinedine Zidane. Koeman’s team suffered above all because of the weak point that Busquets supposed and Pedri, more concerned with helping Dest in the coverage than showing what he was signed by Barça: his creativity and overflow.
But three minutes after Valverde opened the scoreboard, Messi and his connection with Jordi Alba appeared. The side entered like a knife on the left and his assistance was used by Ansu Fati.
Ansu, exalted, overcame Sergi Ramos in the race and placed his foot so that the ball did not have any connection point with Courtois, but with the network (1-1).
Benzema’s mobility was the main argument of the Madridistas, who had the French as a connection point with Vinicius on the left and with Asensio on the right. Casemiro swept everything he could and in defense, Nacho suffered on the right.
Messi had the 2-1 in a great action solved by Courtois and Real Madrid on 1-2 after a connection between Kroos and Benzema that Neto solved for Barça, but the break came smoothly.
At most an action that the VAR verified in the Real Madrid area and the exuberance of Benzema and Ansu Fati. Barça finished more on goal and Real Madrid had more possession. Koeman’s men failed especially the bet on Pedri, who did not contribute what is expected in the first half.
On the brink of rest Nacho, injured, retired and entered a winger, Lucas Vázquez, to play as a right-back. Barça came out better in the second half. He had the ball and played in the opposite field for many minutes.
Dest had more depth on the right and Ansu was brilliant. In the 52nd he finished across the right of Courtois and in the 54th, an Ansu cross on Coutinho was not used by the Brazilian, only against the Madrid goalkeeper.
The Barça put the football and the occasions, the Real Madrid had not created nor a danger option… until in an isolated play, the VAR ended up again having its leading role.
An action by Lenglet and Sergio Ramos ended in a penalty. The Frenchman grabbed the Madrid central and the referee, at the request of the VAR, watched the play and pointed out the penalty. The Barcelona player complained when considering that Ramos had pushed him before.
The penalty was transformed by Ramos and Barça felt the blow (1-2, min. 63), so much so that he no longer recovered. Koeman took time to react in the changes and when he entered Trincao, Dembélé and Griezmann it was too late.
Real Madrid was comfortable with the Barça disorder, which claimed a penalty for an action by Varane. If the match was not decided before, it was for Neto, who made three big saves in the 86th minute in shares of Kroos and Sergio Ramos.
In the death rattle of the party, Modric decided the victory of his team in a quality action. The 1-3 puts in question to the Barça, when it distilled good feelings; quite the opposite of Real Madrid, who arrived at the Camp Nou in need and left with a victory.
1 – Barcelona: Net; Dest, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba (Braithwaite, m.87); Sergio Busquets (Trincao, m.82), Frenkie de Jong; Pedri (Griezmann, m.82), Messi, Coutinho; and Ansu Fati (Dembélé, m.82).
3 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Nacho (Lucas Vázquez, m.43), Varane, Sergio Ramos, Mendy; Casemiro, Valverde (Modric, m.69), Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio (Rodrygo, m.81), Benzema and Vinicius.
Goals: 0-1, m.5: Fede Valverde. 1-1, m.8: Ansu Fati. 1-2, m.63: Sergio Ramos, from a penalty. 1-3, m.90: Modric.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee). He showed yellow cardboard to Casemiro (min. 19), Lenglet (min. 29), Nacho (min. 37), Jordi Alba (min. 62) and Messi (min. 90 + 2).