Match Report Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Barça Win the Preseason Clasico

Match Report Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Barça Win the Preseason Clasico


Real Madrid add another defeat in the preseason, and this was one is more painful because they were defeated by Barcelona. Los Blancos are not giving the level expected in their tour at United States, losing against United in the penalty shootout, being thrashed by Manchester City and showing that they are not in their best moments against Barcelona.

The first Clásico in 35 years out from Spain didn’t disappointed for the interest of the people who like football because we saw four goals in the first half and just one in the second one with plenty of opportunities for both sides where we isa gihgluight the good performance of both keepers, Cillessen and Keylor Navas.

Zinedine Zidane decided to introduce his best line-up with the absences in the starting 11 of Isco, Kroos and Cristiano, while Kovacic and Asensio replaced them in the team. Barcelona started the game being very superior. In fact, in 12 minutes, the team managed by Ernesto Valverde, scored two goals and had to two clear chances. Messi gave Barcelona the lead with a deflected shot off Raphael Varane, that was unstoppable for the Costa Rican keeper, while in the second goal, Neymar dribbled two Real Madrid Madrid players and assisted Rakitic, who increased the gap in the 7th minute.

Los Blancos were suffering a lot because it was closer the third goal for Barça than the first one for Zidane’s side. Suddenly, in the 12th minute Kovacic made a strong run towards the goal and with a powerful shot he was able to beat Cillessen. With this goal, Los Blancos gained on confidence and they started to have the ball in the midfield, with Modric and Benzema, who were being the players with more mobility in the team, while Bale was disappeared, confirming that he must improve a lot if he wants to be a key player for the French coach.

In the 36th minute, Marco Asensio tied the match for Los Blancos after an incredible  run of 30m in a brilliant counterattack, where the Spaniard playmaker showed his good physical and technique conditions. It was 2-2 and there were plenty of opportunities for both teams as neither squad seemed to try to defend as if it was an official game.

The second half didn’t start good for the team managed by Zidane. In the 49 the minute, Neymar put a free onto the instep of Piqué’s foot, finishing with a certain ease to help Barcelona to score their third goal. These were very bad news for Real Madrid because after making a good come back, Real Madrid was losing once again in the match, and it looked like they were going to have many problems to tie the game. Ten minutes later, Neymar had his own chance but missed a one-on-one with Navas, who was being the best in the pitch, proving that he wants to start the season in a high level.

There were more chances until the end of the match for both teams, but both Cillessen and Keylor, did incredibles saves that prevented more goals in the match. However, ee didn’t see more goals in El Clásico, which seemed a miracle because of the number of opportunities both squads had.

With the preseason almost over for Real Madrid, the team managed by Zinedine Zidane must prepare the European Super Cup final against United and el Clásico of the Spanish Super Cup, where they will face again Barcelona in an official match.