Show, rhythm and restless French people: the 248e Clásico of history gave birth to a superb match, won by Real Madrid after 120 minutes of play. The duo Vinícius – Karim Benzema carried the White House in this thrilling fight. FC Barcelona leaves the Spanish Supercup at the gates of the final but with their heads held high, having shown a face much more convincing than in the league lately.
FC Barcelone 2-3 Real Madrid
Buts : De Jong (41e) and Fate (83e) // Vinicius (25e), Benzema (72e) and Valverde (98e)
It’s not a 5-0 win, but Real Madrid hold their manita. 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu on 1is March 2020. 1-3 at Camp Nou on October 24, 2020. 2-1 at Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium on April 10, 2021. 1-2 at Camp Nou on October 24, 2021. And 2-3 at Roi-Fahd stadium on 12 January 2022. The White House has followed a fifth victorious Clásico by disposing of the Barcelona rival in the semifinals of the Supercopa de Espana. Never seen in the history of the club merengue since the 1960s. Real’s hundredth victory against FC Barcelona, incidentally. Florentino Pérez did not come for nothing.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men set the tone at the start with off-target attempts signed Karim Benzema (3e) and Marco Asensio (8e). The third man in the Madrid attack, Vinícius, also had his chance in the first quarter of an hour but he sent the leather into the arms of Marc-André ter Stegen, embarrassed by the return of Araujo ( 12e). The trio got into action again in a lightning-fast three-on-two led by the Brazilian, concluded by the Spaniard with a strike over the skylight (19e). By dint of threatening, Real ended up planting. Benzema played Sergio Busquets to scratch the ball in the center circle and throw Vinícius deep. Too late for Araujo (25e). the Nine adds to an already salty bill: 26 games this season, 22 goals, 9 assists.
After a complicated half hour, the Catalans managed to rebel. Luuk de Jong escaped his bodyguards twice, but his head shots remained harmless (29e, 32e). Rather involved, including when it was necessary to come back to defend on a climb from Dani Carvajal, Ousmane Dembélé sent some chills while trying his luck in the right (34e) and eliminating two players in the box (41e). The Vernonnais was rewarded by bringing the equalizer, with a good dose of success. In wanting to clear his center, Militao was indeed countered by Luuk de Jong, scorer for the third time already in 2022 (41e). On the other side of the attack blaugrana, on the other hand, Ferran Torres had a very dull first, of which we will only retain a yellow for a coarse jersey pulling (23e) and a failed recovery on a cross from Dembélé (40e). Xavi also released it at the break for the benefit of young Ez Abde.
Benzema, always higher
On their way, the Barcelonans kept up the pressure when they returned from the locker room. Just entered, Pedri grazed the frame (49e). A center-shot from Dembélé almost turned into a pass for Luuk de Jong, but the Dutchman was unable to straighten his head (50e). The Frenchman again created the danger by attempting a volley, a little too crushed (54e). While Real struggled to destabilize the Catalan rearguard, KB9 reappeared. First flash: the Lyonnais fixes Araujo and smashes the post (69e). Then the thunderclap: Mendy finds his compatriot, who opens his right foot. Ter Stegen relaxes, but Carvajal puts it back in the box and Benzema pushes her to the bottom (72e). Son 23e goal of the season and his eleventh in Clásico history, as much as Luis Suárez.
Xavi then played his all-out, choosing to launch Nico González and Memphis Depay, while taking out his full-back Dani Alves. And as in the first period, Barça got back together, Ansu Fati taking advantage of the loose marking of Éder Militão to catapult the leather to the back of the net (83e). Seriously jostled, Real relied on an exit from Thibaut Courtois (86e) and a saving intervention by Nacho in front of Pedri (87e) to take his rival into overtime. Another 30 minutes during which the Blaugrana have stepped on the ball. Real made the round back, and stung following a loss of ball from Dembélé. The counter is initiated, Rodrygo centers back, Vinícius lets go, Federico Valverde concludes with a flat foot (98e). This time, Courtois will ensure that Barça does not return by repelling the shots of Busquets and Dembélé (101e). Rodrygo will spoil an offering of Benzema to kill the encounter (120e+1), but without consequence. The Madrilenians will be quietly watching their TV tomorrow night to find out the identity of their opponent in the final. And Barça will already be far away.
FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Alba, Piqué, Araujo, Alves (Nico, 78e) – Busquets, De Jong (Pedri, 46e), Gavi (Memphis, 78e) – Dembélé, De Jong (Fati, 66e), Ferran (Abde, 46 .)e [Jutgla, 110e]). Coach: Xavi.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois – Carvajal (Vazquez, 91e), Militão, Nacho, Mendy – Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić (Valverde, 83e) – Asensio (Rodrygo, 68e), Benzema, Vinicius (Camavinga, 110e). Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.
By Quentin Ballue