Barcelona crush the Blancos at Santiago Bernabeu as Aubameyang scores a brace in his first Clasico.
Barcelona defeated Real Madrid with a 4-0 result in their La Liga game on Sunday. Barca humiliated the league leaders with a brilliant attacking performance while closing the gap to the second-placed Sevilla.
Auba steals the show at Santiago Bernabeu!
Real Madrid started the game with a huge change in their lineup as Karim Benzema missed the game due to a knee injury. Carlo Ancelotti used a 4-4-2 formation, starting Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo upfront.
However, it did not take long for Barcelona to exploit the massive gaps between Real Madrid’s lines. Following a brilliant cross from Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for the Catalans in the 29th minute.
Real Madrid started getting even more disorganized once they went behind, and it only got worse throughout the game. Another cross from the French winger, this time a corner, saw Ronald Araujo doubling Barca’s lead seven minutes before the interval.
Ancelotti brought in Mariano Diaz and Eduardo Camavinga for the second half but received an immediate response from the guests.
Only two minutes into the second period, Aubameyang provided a cheeky assist for Ferran Torres, who smashed the ball past Thibaut Courtois as soon as he received it inside the box.
Now being completely shattered under Barca’s firepower, Real Madrid conceded the next goal only four minutes later. This time it was Torres who passed the ball to Aubameyang through Real Madrid’s non-existent defence.
A precise effort from Aubameyang completed his incredible night at Santiago Bernabeu. Following the fourth goal, Real Madrid resorted to damage control, but they were still extremely lucky to survive Barca’s next attacks.
A few brilliant saves from Courtois and missed opportunities prevented Barca from scoring more goals. Nevertheless, Xavi Hernandez’s side celebrated a great victory in their first Clasico under the club legend.
What’s next for Barca and Real Madrid?
Despite the defeat, Real Madrid remain on top of the league table with a nine-point lead. On the other hand, Barca close the gap to second-placed Sevilla to three points, continuing their five-game winning streak.
After the international break, Real Madrid will face Celta Vigo in their next league game on April 2, while Barca meet Sevilla a day later.
Real Madrid: Courtois (7); Carvajal (4), Militao (5), Alaba (4), Nacho (5); Casemiro (6); Valverde (6), Kroos (4); Modric (5); Rodrygo (6), Vinicius (6).
Bench: Vazquez (5), Asensio (6), Mariano (5), Camavinga (6).
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (7); Araujo (8), Pique (7), Garcia (7), Alba (7); Busquets (7); F. De Jong (7), Pedri (8); Dembele (9), Aubameyang (9), Torres (9).
Bench: Gonzalez (5), Gavi (7), Traore (6), Depay (6), Alves (6).