Barcelona dominate Real Madrid to win 12th El Clasico

Asisat Oshoala of FC Barcelona celebrates with teammates
Asisat Oshoala of FC Barcelona celebrates with teammates during the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage match against SL Benfica. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

FC Barcelona put five goals past fierce rivals Real Madrid in the 12th El Clasico between the two historical clubs. They performed in Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, in the magic mountain of Barcelona, Montjuïc.

It has been made Barcelona’s new stadium, as Camp Nou is being reconstructed.

With the local team missing Alexia Putellas, Irene Paredes, Fridolina Rolfö, Bruna Vilamala, and Jana Fernández, Jonatan Giráldez put out the best starting 11 he had. Even with important players watching the match from the tribune, the level of the ones on the pitch was incredible.

Golden power

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid played well in the first 15 minutes of the match, but it was Aitana Bonmatí, the Ballon d’Or winner, who scored the first of the afternoon’s five goals. It could have been even more if Misa Rodríguez and the posts hadn’t have appeared, too.

After the first goal, Salma Paralluelo and Caroline Graham Hansen had lots of opportunities to make the goal difference bigger. Almost all of them were Mariona’s passes. The Balearic made an exhibition by creating spaces, pressing, driving the ball, and even scoring. She got on the scoresheet for the third goal, following Graham Hansen just before half-time.

‘Sweet Caroline’ Graham Hansen claimed her individual trophy, performing such great football. She dribbled past Ivana Andrés and Olga Carmona, one of the star players of the Women’s World Cup, uncountable times. The right side was hers.

Bad luck for the Golden Girl

In the second half, Linda Caicedo — who won the Golden Girl trophy earlier this week — suffered an injury to her ankle after hitting Cata Coll’s knee in a legal action. The Colombian couldn’t keep playing and left the pitch limping.

The match seemed to have ended and both coaches played in their substitutions, thinking about the Champions League midweek matches.

‘The Classic’ rout, a hand

In the last minutes, Claudia Pina and Vicky López scored two more goals. From a ‘culer’ to another, Aitana — after an excellent gamble — assisted Pina. Esmee Brugts executed a perfect deep pass for López, who became the youngest goalscorer in Clasico history. At 17 years and 116 days old, she beat Ansu Fati for the record.

Scoring five goals is always special in a ‘Classic’ because of a famous win years ago and Gerard Piqué’s celebration showing five fingers to the public. It’s even more special in front of almost 40,000 fans in the crowd.

Once again, and it’s now been 12 times, Barcelona won the Clasico against Real Madrid. Since the white shirt team was created in 2019, they increased the level considerably. Despite the fact Florentino Pérez invests €8 million into the female team, Barça — having a budget of €12 million — is still much better.

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