Malcom scored a brilliant equalizer, but it is Real Madrid who will be happy with their performance. As they left Camp Nou with an important away goal advantage for the second leg that will be played at Santiago Bernabeu later in this month.
In our prediction, we told that the Blaugrana will score thrice and Madrid will get one goal back. However, our prediction was completely vanished away because of a solid performance from Los Blancos’ backline. Also, Messi’s imperfect physique was a major reason, why Barca failed to register an important win against the Santiago Solari’s side.
The visitors started the proceedings of the game at Camp Nou last night. In the 6th minute of the game, Vinicius Junior made a brilliant cross from the left flank. Clement Lenglet failed to judge the ball and it reached Karim Benzema, who was quick enough to release to Lucas Vazquez. The Spaniard was present in the perfect position as he guided the ball into the back of the net from his first touch.
This was a quite important goal for Los Blancos because this was an away goal. Also, this early lead boosted the confidence of the whole squad, which was missing in their opening games of this season.
After conceding this early goal, Barcelona was furious to get the equalizer because the game was being played at their home. Also, they were playing against the same Real Madrid side that conceded five goals in the last El Clasico.
The Blaugrana’s strikers tried their best to find an equalizer but the brilliance of Keylor Navas at the goal was a big barrier. Moreover, the defensive line stayed intact and kept pushing the Barca players away from the goal.
In the 57th minute, Barcelona finally succeeded in finding the equalizer. This time Luis Suarez did everything right as he fired a brilliant shot from the left flank that was going inside the net. However, Sergio Ramos somehow managed to make a goal-line clearance as Keylor Navas was on the edge of the box. As he was trying to stop Suarez’s shot. The clearance was not perfect as the ball found Malcom on the right side of the box. The Brazilian winger cut the ball towards his left and fired a curling shot at the back of the net.
This was brilliant creative gameplay from Barcelona of which Real Madrid had no answer. Nevertheless, the game was still considered in Los Blancos’ favor as they had a crucial away goal in their hand.
Real Madrid did come close to scoring the second goal in the dying minutes of the goal. Benzema made a brilliant pass to Gareth Bale, who was present on his left. The Welshman instead of taking a shot on his first touch tried to get closer to the goalkeeper less Barca goal but failed to execute it.