Los Blancos won by 3-2 in extra time
Real Madrid defeated their traditional rivals FC Barcelona to qualify for the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
The Los Blancos won the fascinating match, in Riyadh, by 3-2, with the winning goal being scored by talented midfielder Federico Valverde.
Speaking after the match, Valverde shed light on his winning goal.
“I think Vini [Vinicius] left it for Karim, but I arrived and the good thing is that I put it in. We did well, happy for the team, for the victory and for the goal,” said Valverde.
Vinicius Jr helped Real Madrid take the lead, after a brilliant finish, early in the first half, but Luuk de Jong took full advantage of an error by defender Eder Militao and equalised shortly before half-time.
Star striker Karim Benzema put Real back in front 25 minutes into the second half but a header by substitute Ansu Fati ensured that the match went into extra time.
Real scored the winning goal from a counter-attack, with Rodrygo firing a low cross to the edge of the box. Vinicius eliminated the entire Catalan defence with a dummy shoot, which helped Valverde tap the ball into an empty net.
Real Madrid will now face the winner of the second semi-final, between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, on Sunday at the same venue.
End of Extra Time: Real Madrid 3-2 FC Barcelona
Real Madrid win and qualify for the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
This was also the 100th El Clasico victory for the Los Blancos.
116 mins: Real Madrid 3-2 FC Barcelona
According to Opta, Rodrygo has assisted in his last three El Clasico’s, becoming only the second Real Madrid player to do so in in all competitions in the 21st century after Mesut Özil (twice, in Aug 2012 and Feb 2013).
Second half of Extra Time begins!
Vinicius pulled a muscle, which is why he is replaced by Camavinga.
End of first half in Extra Time: Real Madrid 3-2 FC Barcelona
Real Madrid are 15 minutes away from qualifying for the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
Can Barcelona stop them? We will know soon.
98 mins: Real Madrid 3-2 FC Barcelona
GOAL! Fede Valverde scores as Real Madrid go ahead for the third time in the game.
*Pedri is actually aged 19 now.— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) January 12, 2022
FT: Extra time to follow
Real Madrid 2-2 FC Barcelona
An El Clasico never disappoints as both teams finish 90 minutes with honours even.
83 mins: Real Madrid 2-2 FC Barcelona
GOAL! Fati scores a header as Barcelona equalise with less than 10 minutes remaining.
That makes it five goals in only 386 minutes, across all competitions, for the young star this season.
Poor defending by Real Madrid and in particular Militao, though.
82 mins: Real Madrid 2-1 FC Barcelona
A standing ovation for Luka Modric after another magical display on the field. Valverde replaces the Croatian on the pitch.
72 mins: Real Madrid 2-1 FC Barcelona
GOAL! The ever-reliable Karim Benzema does what he does best.
Real Madrid take the lead with 18 minutes, plus injury time, remaining on the clock.
Benzema once again showing why he is the most complete striker in the world of football at the moment. On the first goal, he pressed Busquets to recover the ball and on the second goal he was clever enough to find space between Barca defenders.
Karim Benzema has Barcelona on strings 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8BFIHyItGf— GOAL (@goal) January 12, 2022
69 mins: Real Madrid 1-1 FC Barcelona
Real Madrid were inches away from going ahead in the game as Karim Benzema’s dangerous shot hits the post!
67 mins: Real Madrid 1-1 FC Barcelona
The extremely talented Ansu Fati is coming on as Barcelona pile on the pressure.
On the other hand, Real Madrid players look tired and Ancelotti should think about introducing fresh legs on the pitch.
… and just as I say that, Rodrygo is preparing to enter the arena.
52 mins: Real Madrid 1-1 FC Barcelona
Barca taking the attack to Madrid at the start of the second half.
Meanwhile, Dani Alves is booked after a foul on Vinicius.
Second half begins!
Couple of half-time substitutions for Barca. Pedri takes the field for the first time since September, last year. Ez Abde also joins the team on the pitch.
Ferran Torres and Frenkie de Jong subbed off by Xavi.
HT: Real Madrid 1-1 FC Barcelona
Real Madrid dominated the majority of the first half but a late goal brings Barcelona back in the match.
Barcelona responded well after going behind but they need to keep up the same intensity at the start of the second half.
Madrid would be hoping for more control in midfield and expect Toni Kroos, who had a quiet first half, to step up and dictate the tempo of the game.
Also, goes without saying, Luka Modric was so good in the first 45 minutes.
41 mins: Real Madrid 1-1 FC Barcelona
GOALl! Luuk de Jong brings Barcelona back in the game with the equaliser.
35 mins: Real Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona
Barcelona struggling to create clear-cut chances, largely due to lack of control over possession. The Catalans have also been found wanting when it comes to transition defending.
Real Madrid firmly on top at the moment.
25 mins: Real Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona
GOAL! Vinicius Jr opens the scoring for Real Madrid with a brilliant finish.
Busquets loses possession, amid clever work by Karim Benzema, in his own half, which led to the goal.
Safe to say this was coming, considering the start to the match.
10 mins: Real Madrid 0-0 FC Barcelona
Real Madrid on the front foot with lots of support from fans inside the stadium.
Benzema and Asensio have already taken a shot at goal from outside the box but they both went over the bar.
Barca playing a very high line which could prove dangerous considering Real Madrid’s lethal attack.
Kick-off, let’s go!
Well, that certainly brought back memories
↪️ Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves were discussing Benzema's goal vs Man Utd in 2008.— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) January 12, 2022
They said the United dressing room were blown away by how good and smooth Benzema was.
Both teams warming up as we edge closer to kick-off.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Vinicius, Asensio, Benzema.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Piqué, Araujo, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Frenkie De Jong, Gavi, Dembelé, Luuk de Jong, Ferrán Torres.
Real Madrid’s David Alaba is ruled out of the match due to muscular discomfort and is replaced by Nacho.
Ferrán Torres, forward who joined the club from Manchester City for around 65 million euros, will make his debut for the Catalans.
Barcelona are a massive 17 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga and were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage this season, making the Los Blancos heavy favourites to win this encounter.
However, Real’s coach Carlo Ancelotti was cautiously optimistic ahead of the match.
“In theory, we are favourites,” said Ancelotti on Saturday. “But there is the theory and there is what happens in practice.”
On the other hand, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez believes that winning the match will help the side re-establish themselves among Europe’s elite.
“It could be a turning point,” said Xavi. “Winning the Clasico will put us in the final and give credibility to the project. We are putting the league to one side to focus on a great competition. It’s a trophy.”
The winner of this match will play either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s final in Riyadh.
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