Without five minutes champions. Bellingham brought Real to victory in a fiery El Clasico

Football news 21 apr 2024, 17:05
Liam Carter Dailysports's expert Liam Carter
Real Madrid and Barcelona delivered an intense El Clásico, but they couldn't determine the winner Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

Real Madrid hosted Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu for the 257th El Clásico in history.

The title contenders started the match cautiously, without much momentum. Barcelona took the lead early, with Andreas Christensen converting a pass from Raphinha in the 6th minute. It's worth noting the less than confident display by Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.

However, Madrid equalized just 12 minutes later. Pau Cubarbasi fouled Lucas Vázquez inside Barcelona's penalty area, leading to a penalty awarded by the referee. Vinícius Júnior converted the penalty to beat Marc-André ter Stegen and level the score.

Towards the end of the first half, Barcelona suffered a significant setback: after a collision with Federico Valverde, Frenkie de Jong was in visible pain and had to be substituted, leaving the field on a stretcher.

In the 69th minute, Real Madrid's defense faltered, leaving Fermin López put Barcelona ahead for the second time. However, Real Madrid responded almost immediately, with Lucas Vázquez scoring from Vinícius Júnior's pass.

Ten minutes later, Vinícius Júnior had the chance to put Real Madrid ahead, but ter Stegen demonstrated his reflexes with an impressive save. However, Jude Bellingham was accurate and in stoppage time, securing Madrid's second victory of the season over their archrivals.

Real Madrid extended their lead over Barcelona to 11 points, edging closer to reclaiming the La Liga title.

La Liga, Matchweek 32
Real Madrid - Barcelona 3:2
Goals: Vinícius (penalty), 18; Vázquez, 73; Bellingham, 90+1 - Christensen, 6; López, 69

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