Real Madrid-Barça: thanks to Bellingham, the Merengue win the clasico and move closer to the title

This Clasico will have kept all its promises. By its intensity, its energy and its madness. By winning against the Barcelona enemy, Real Madrid takes a very big step towards the title of champion of Spain, distancing its evening opponent by 11 points (six days from the end) after qualifying for the semi-final of the Champions League this week.

To allow his players to breathe after the penalties at the Etihad, Carlo Ancelotti chose to make several changes, replacing Eduardo Camavinga at left back in place of Ferland Mendy and entrusting him with the difficult task of containing Lamine Yamal . Another change, the tenure of Lucas Vazquez in place of Carvajal and that of Modric in the middle.

Without goal line technology, Yamal’s goal refused

On the Barça side, Christensen found a starting place, he who had been suspended for the return match against Paris. And the Danish defender, converted into a midfielder by Xavi, was quick to show off his heading which had hurt the Parisians in the first leg. From the 6th minute of play, he took advantage of Lunin’s missed exit to open the scoring from a corner. In the process, Vinicius almost equalized but he scored in the 18th minute on a penalty after Cubarsi’s foul on Lucas Vazquez.

While the score was tied, Lamine Yamal thought he could give his team the advantage by diverting a corner at Raphinha’s near post. But without the goal line technology, neither the central referee nor his VAR colleagues were able to validate the goal, even though the ball seemed to have crossed the line of Lunin who was very upset by this action. Frenkie de Jong’s injury at the end of the first period after a high-speed collision with Valverde concluded a very intense first 45 minutes.

The 2-1 goal will come from the Blaugrana when in the 69th minute, Lamine Yamal crosses for Ferran Torres who chooses not to touch the ball, wanting to surprise Lunin. The Ukrainian goalkeeper can only deflect the ball and push it back to an opportunistic Fermin Lopez. Four minutes later, the Merengue got back on track thanks to Lucas Vazquez, receiving a cross from Vinicius which had passed in front of the entire Catalan defense. Vinicius could have completely reversed the match after a counterattack, but Ter Stegen prevented him from doing so (78th).

The 3-2 goal will be the work of the inevitable Jude Bellingham. In added time, the Englishman received a cross from Lucas Vazquez which, like Vinicius’ goal, went through the Barça defense. As in the first leg, the midfielder crucified the Blaugrana to score the 17th goal of his first season in the colors of Real.


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