“This is improvement” Some Barcelona search for positives in latest El Clasico defeat
Barcelona fall to Real Madrid in Riyadh
Barcelona boss Xavi was incapable of capturing his first Real Madrid scalp since his arrival at the Camp Nou after Barça fell to a 3-2 loss against their bitter rivals in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de España.
The clash took place in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh at the King Fahd International Stadium and the spectacle did not disappoint overall from an entertainment standpoint, and the result saw the capital outfit earn their 100th El Clasico win.
Fifth straight win vs. Barça
100th El Clásico win
17 points ahead of Barça in La Liga
Real Madrid own Barcelona right now pic.twitter.com/JDMoSzEV83
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 12, 2022
Real took the lead through Brazilian starlet Vinícius Júnior in the 25th-minute only for it to ultimately be canceled out by Dutch international forward Luuk de Jong who bungled in an equalizer just four minutes from halftime.
A free-flowing and direct Madrid pulled out in front once again in the 71st-minute through none other than star striker Karim Benzema after he slotted into an open net before Barcelona once again drew level, this time thanks to Spanish wonderkid Ansu Fati who headed from close range just seven minutes from the full-time whistle.
But the current La Liga leaders were not to be denied on the night after second-half substitute Federico Valverde gave the capital giants the lead for the third time and for good as they now await the winner between Atlético Madrid and Athletic Club which is set to take place tomorrow at the same venue.
Barça fans react to El Clasico loss
Despite being dropped by their bitter rivals, Barcelona fans could certainly look at the match with optimism as Xavi’s men created a host of chances irrespective of how the final scoreline reads in the headlines. But is that the angle many will take on Twitter in the aftermath? Have a look for yourself.
We lost this one but I’m proud of the boys this is improvement Barcelona till death
— Michael (@LivingAugustine) January 12, 2022
Terminate their contacts they’re holding us back pic.twitter.com/PveVfzR7pD
— NaijAkátá (@only1dinho) January 12, 2022
Best team in the pitch . You can be proud effectively
— JM x BARCA (@JMxbarca) January 12, 2022
Bilbao would’ve beaten this Barcelona side tonight. Real Madrid were wasteful and complacent. Don’t hype what isn’t there.
— Angel Michael (@Angelmichael10s) January 12, 2022
Amazing game, welcome back Barcelona
— Islam Dawood (@blackblue1860) January 12, 2022
When was the last time Barcelona won an El Clasico? 5 wins in a rowwwww
— Leoᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ༝ (@X____Leo____X) January 12, 2022
Best Barcelona match I’ve watched so far this season. We dominate the game but luck wasn’t on our side today. Still Forca Barca pic.twitter.com/EnQFUvwomc
— yinka (@iamhbozz) January 12, 2022
We lost this game undeservedly but I’m really happy that squad who staked Madrid to win had their bet spoil. Nonsense u think Barcelona is a small team like ur clubs so u go and stake bet against them .
— Steeze (@__Steeze1) January 12, 2022
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