Sunday, 3 April 2016

Real Madrid the Vanquisher of an Unbeatable Barcelona

It is the biggest rivalry in football- two different football giants, two different political positions and two of the best players in the world facing each other in the iconic and monumental derby with a bitter history- the battle of the titans. El Clasico.

El Clasico is among the biggest and most viewed annual sports events, and the 264th El Clasico is no exception.
 The current Barca team seem to be invincible under manager Luis Enrique and they clearly are the dominant figure in football right now. Most of the credit will have to go to the spectacular forward trio- Messi, Suarez and Neymar. The Sao Paulo Prodigy, El Pistolero and the best player in the world have scored 107 goals between them this season proving to be the best attacking trio in the world and in La Liga history. The Catalans are sitting comfortably at the top of the La Liga and with a 39 game unbeaten run Barcelona seem to be favourites to win this match.

However there’s one thing every football fan knows- never underestimate the Los Blancos. Under their new manager, Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane this Madrid squad seems to be a new force to be reckoned with. This new young Real Madrid team could surprise the opposition and silence the critics. The Madrid attacking trio Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo still have a statement to make.

End Game:
The final score caused a huge upset at the Nou Camp and the stadium was left silent. The Los Blancos emerged victorious coming back from 1-0 to make it a 2-1 victory for Madrid. The first half was quiet as the ball moved back and forth the pitch- both teams had few chances however Luis Suarez came closest to a goal when he is played through to a 1v1 and completely missed the ball. In the first half the atmosphere was very tense and it seemed both teams were playing more chess that football as both teams are playing very cautiously. In the second half Gerard Pique lead the scoring for Barcelona with a simple header from a corner, Pique is left free to attack the ball by Pepe who completely lost his man. However Madrid were not one to give up so easily; shortly after Madrid equalize with Benzema scoring a spectacular overhead kick from a deflection off jordi alba’s boot. The tempo had changed and the game began to pick up and flow faster. Shortly later Bale received an amazing cross and headed it into the bottom corner of the goal however surprisingly the goal is disallowed and instead Bale is punished for committing a foul- Barcelona was very lucky as there was no foul play involved and as you would assume Bale was not happy. By this point Real Madrid is dominating the game with wave after wave of attack against a tired and vulnerable barca defence. In the dying minutes of the game Sergio Ramos who was previously on a yellow card viciously slide tackles Suarez. Ramos had no contact with the ball and it was an easy decision for the referee- another red card for Ramos to add on his previous plethora of red cards. With a 10 man Real Madrid it seemed unlikely that they could do anymore damage in the dying minutes however what other man would you trust to save their day- CR7. Straight after Ramos’ departure Madrid go for another attack. Bale crosses a delicious ball to Ronaldo who simply chests the ball and smashes it past the keeper. Pure class and brilliance. There were a lot of critics who said that Ronaldo was done however it seems once again Ronaldo has silenced those who undermine him- proving the world why he still is one of the best in the world alongside Messi.

This result was a real shock to everyone the favourites Barcelona and their fans have been stunned by the outcomes of the match. Their incredible and record breaking unbeatable run has come to the end from who other than their nemesis Real Madrid. This game does not really affect a lot statistically as Barcelona still lead the league however it shows the world that football is a sport where anything can happen and it cannot be simply dominated by one team. Zidane should be ecstatic with his first El Clasico win- and for Madrid this could be a catalyst for their future success with Zidane.  






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