May 18, 2022

La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2021

Sergio Agüero scored his first Barça goal but David Alaba and Lucas Vázquez found the net to give Real Madrid victory

Real Madrid is simply a cut above FC Barcelona this year. The Merengues went into the Camp Nou and showed their class in a 2-1 El Clasico win, scoring first and holding off a Barcelona team that struggled to create chances. Real Madrid goes top of the La Liga table, while Barcelona is in 9th place, five points behind their rivals.

Barcelona started strong with Ansu Fati leading the charge and the match could’ve taken a turn in Barcelona’s favor when U.S. international Sergino Dest had the goal at his mercy, but skied his attempt in the 25th minute. That left the door open for Real Madrid, which began to exert more pressure through the runs of Vinicius Junior, whom Barcelona struggled to contain.

It was Vinicius who started the counterattack that led to Real Madrid’s opener in the 32nd minute. He fed compatriot Rodrygo, who then slotted a through ball into space for David Alaba, who was making a marauding run into the attack from his center back position. Alaba applied a striker’s finish past Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen.

Soccer Football – LaLiga – FC Barcelona v Real Madrid – Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – October 24, 2021 FC Barcelona’s Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their first goal as Luuk de Jong gets the ball out of the net REUTERS/Albert Gea

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Barcelona brought in a host of subs, including attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho and forwards Sergio Aguero and Luuk de Jong, but it failed to create much. It was Real Madrid which found a way to seal the match in stoppage time when Lucas Vasquez put away a rebound after a shot from Real Madrid sub Marco Asensio was saved by Ter Stegen.

Aguero’s late goal for Barcelona moments later on a cross from Dest was too little too late and the final whistle came seconds later.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid final score

1H           2H         Final
Barcelona            0              1              1
Real Madrid        1              1              2
Goals:
RMA — David Alaba (Rodrygo) — 32nd min.
RMA — Lucas Vasquez — 93rd min.
BAR — Sergio Aguero (Sergino Dest) — 97th min.

Final: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 2

97th min.: Kun Aguero scores! Sergino Dest with the cross and Aguero puts it away with a clinical finish, but it’s too late.