Exactly 10 years ago, one of the most spectacular El Clásico with Messi's hat-trick took place

Football news 23 mar 2024, 09:34
Exactly 10 years ago, one of the most spectacular El Clasicos took place with Messi's hat-trick Photo from barcablaugranes.com/Author unknown

Exactly ten years ago, on March 23, 2014, the El Clásico of the second half of the 2013/14 La Liga season took place.

To begin with, it is worth recalling the starting line-ups of the teams. For Real Madrid, two players from that squad still play for the team, namely Dani Carvajal and Luka Modrić. Many players have retired, Cristiano Ronaldo has already moved to several clubs and currently plays in Saudi Arabia, while Xabi Alonso continues to demonstrate incredible results, but now from the managerial dugout.

For Barcelona, there is not a single player who continues to play for the team. Dani Alves received a prison sentence, Lionel Messi moved to Inter Miami, Neymar went to the Middle East, and Xavi switched his career from a Barcelona player to the head coach position.

The match took place at the Santiago Bernabéu, and the visitors quickly took the lead. As early as the seventh minute of the match, Andrés Iniesta sent the ball into the net after a pass from Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid's response did not take long, and Karim Benzema scored a brace in four minutes after accurate passes from current Benfica player Ángel Di María. Messi leveled the match before halftime by defeating his future PSG teammate Neymar.

At the start of the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo earned a penalty after a tackle from Dani Alves. The foul occurred outside the penalty area, but at that time the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system had not yet been introduced, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Ronaldo himself converted the set piece.

However, just eight minutes later, current Sevilla player Sergio Ramos fouled Neymar in his own penalty area, earning a red card, and giving the Catalans the right to take a penalty. None other than Leo Messi stepped up to take it and executed it flawlessly.

The score remained level until the end of the match, until Dani Alves, who had conceded a penalty to Real Madrid, earned one himself. Once again, Messi stepped up to the ball and once again got the better of López.

The match ended with a narrow victory for Barcelona, 4-3. However, this match did not affect the outcome of both teams' seasons, as they each finished with 87 points, sharing the second position, albeit behind Atlético Madrid.

But the second place allowed Barcelona to participate in the Champions League the following season, which they ultimately won.

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