Real Madrid determined to bounce back after Clasico defeat

Real Madrid suffered a defeat in the second Clásico of the season, but still have a nine-point lead at the top with nine games to go

Within the opening 10 minutes of the game, the Whites had an opportunity to take the lead when Rodrygo got the ball from Vini Jr., but his shot went into the side netting. Two minutes later, Valverde came near again, forcing Ter Stegen into a superb save from the outside of the box.

Aubameyang, who had earlier pulled down Kroos but did not earn a yellow card for the tackle, hit a left-footed drive from within the area that Courtois saved in the 12th minute.
Five minutes later, Ferrán Torres missed the target from just beyond the area.

After trading punches in the early exchanges, Barcelona took the lead almost half an hour later when Aubameyang headed home Dembelé’s cross at the near post. Following an amazing transition in the 36th minute, Vini Jr. was put clear through against Ter Stegen, who was equal to the challenge, the madridistas came close to restoring parity.

Araujo met Dembelé’s corner two minutes later with a bullet header that sailed into the net, extending the visitors’ advantage. When the break, Madrid’s task grew much more difficult as Ferrán Torres scored on 47′, before Aubameyang completed his brace five minutes later after the assistant first raised his flag for offside, but the VAR system intervened to award the goal.

From that moment on, the leaders attempted to cut the deficits, but eventually failed to find a way back into the game.


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