Real’s big loss to Barcelona. Pre-season friendlies don’t have much of a competitive edge. Rather, clubs are more focused on preparing teams for the next season. But if the game is ‘El Clasico’ then it is no longer a friendly match. Excitement and rivalry turns into a battle for status. Like last season, Real Madrid-Barcelona face each other in the pre-season match. Real Madrid faced a big loss to La Liga champions Barcelona in this El Clasico on American soil.
Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-0 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, USA on Saturday (July 29). After Ousmane Dembele took the lead in the first half, Fermin Lopez Martin and Ferran Torres scored the other two goals in the second half. Vinicius Jr. failed to score despite getting a penalty for Real.
Real, who defeated Manchester United a couple of days ago, entered the field with a young team. After a long time, Real went to play El Clasico without Karim Benzema. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were not in the XI. On the other hand, Barcelona came with a full strength team.
Barcelona took the lead in 15 minutes of the match. Pedri extended the perfect pass to Dembele from the free kick. Dembele scored from a difficult angle from a pass given by the Spanish midfielder. Five minutes later, Real also got a chance to repay the goal. Real get a penalty if they are fouled. But Vinicius Jr. failed to score from the spot kick.
The first half was full of attack and counter attack. Despite creating several great opportunities, Real suffered from a lack of strikers. There was no traditional striker in Real’s eleven that day. And Barcelona failed to score.
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Carlo Ancelotti’s Real failed to close the gap in the second half of the match. The Italian coach was forced to drop the striker. However, Joselu, who joined on loan this season, could not bring him a goal. Modric, Kroos, Fran Garcia and Brahim Dias also entered the field as substitutes. But on the contrary, Real scored two more goals at the end of the match.
Barcelona’s 20-year-old midfielder Fermin Lopez Martin doubled the lead in the 85th minute. He defeated the goalkeeper Courtois with a great long-range shot by Real’s defense. And in the added time of the match, Feran Torres put the last nail in Real’s coffin.