We witnessed another El Clasico on Saturday night. It was the game of the week and definitely will be in the mind of many fans forever.
Karim Benzema dominates in La Liga
Zinedine Zidane decided to give full control on the ball to Barcelona. It seems that Ronald Koeman was not ready for this decision, that’s why Barca was controlling the ball but could not make a big impact. On the other hand, Real Madrid was very aggressive on the counter-attacks. It was visible that Zidane wanted to play on counter-attacks, it was an idea from the very first minute. In the end, Zinedine Zidane was right with the chosen strategy. Real Madrid scored two goals and both happened due to fast counter-attacks. Firstly, Real Madrid started a very fast counter-attack and in just a few seconds, Los Blancos opened the score-line. It was a magical goal from French striker, Karim Benzema. After a crazy run from Valverde, he passed to Lucas. Spanish full-back did not hesitate and gave a very fast assist to Karim Benzema who scored a backheel. It was a very beautiful goal and even Karim was impressed by his magical skills. In just a few minutes, Vinicius had a very intense run through two defenders and got a right on the free-kick. Toni Kroos took the chance and scored a very beautiful free-kick.
Barcelona was very active in second half
Ronald Koeman made all possible changes in the second half. First of all, the second half started with the French attacker. Antoine Griezmann was on the bench for a very first minute. He replaced Dest and Barca became a more attacking team in the second half. In just 13 minutes after the referee’s whistle, Barca decreased the lead of Real Madrid. Los Blancos had few good chances to increase the lead again but they failed. In the end there was a big controversy. Almost every player of Barcelona went after the referee. Barca players wanted a penalty. It was visible that Mendy touched Braithwaite but the referee and VAR system decided that touch from Mendy was not enough for a penalty. Real Madrid won the game and now the team is leading the La Liga table.