Match Summary: FC Barcelona Femeni wins El Clasico!
There was no shortage of emotions in El Clasico, we saw five goals and two red cards. The champions of the country and the current leaders of the tournament have confidently defeated Real Madrid. The FC Barcelona players did not give the greatest rivals a chance, breaking the Royal team 4: 1. Alexia Putellas, Jenni Hermoso, and Asisat Oshoala scored goals for Blaugrana twice.
The footballers from Madrid started the game after Thursday's victory over Santa Teresa, while FC Barcelona has remained unbeaten in the league since May 2019, leading the table with 36 points and a goal difference of 69: 2 In the first match of these teams, played in October, players from Blaugrana were the best. The national champions then defeated the Los Blancos at 4: 0. Therefore, the Sunday meeting between the two best teams in Spain heralded many emotions. The hosts are struggling with small problems with the staff and in the match against Real Madrid, they had to cope without the Dutch winger Lieke Martens. The second goalkeeper, Cata Coll, and two players from the defensive formation - Laia Codina and Ana-Maria Crngorcevic were also absent. Royal players from the Spanish capital appeared in the strongest line-up. Both teams started at Estadi Johan Cruyff at noon local time. From the first minutes of the game, the Real Madrid team held the ball longer and tried to threaten the goal guarded by Sandra Panos. The image of the game at the beginning of the match might have been a bit surprising, as Barcelona is famous for dominating ball possession and rarely allowing their opponents to play freely. In the sixth minute, the hosts of this match worked out the first convenient opportunity to open the score. Leila Ouahabi made a cross from the left, but Asista Oshoala headed the ball to fly past Real's crossbar. A moment later, the visitors' goalkeeper showed a fantastic intervention, when Patri Guijarro headed after the corner. With a spectacular jump, the shot-stopper stopped the shot of Patri heading into the back of the goal. The hosts allowed their rivals to keep the ball a bit and lulled the vigilance of the team from the country's capital.
The tactics of the Blaugrana players resulted in the 14th minute of the match. Alexia Putellas decided to hit from outside the penalty area. A beautiful shot from the left foot of the team captain found its way to the net and the home team took the lead. After scoring the first goal at El Clasico, Barcelona felt much more confident on the pitch. In the 23rd minute of the match, the charges of coach Lluis Cortes made a quick counterattack. Asisat Oshoala found herself in the penalty area and tried to lob the goalkeeper. The ball fell at the feet of Jenni Hermoso, and the best goalscorer in the history of the club and the country directed the ball into the net and increased the score to 2-0 for Blaugrana. Five minutes later, Caroline Graham Hansen decided on individual action. The strike of the Norwegian winger slightly passed the right post of the Madrid team's goal. In the 37th minute, Alexia Putellas played a precise game to Caroline Graham Hansen, who found herself alone with the Real goalkeeper. Hansen decided to share the ball with Oshoala, who put the ball in the net. The home team was leading 3-0 at Estadi Johan Cruyff.
After the break, the players from Madrid tried to find a way to break Blaugrana's tight defense. However, in the 53rd minute of the match, the home team was close to increasing the match result. After a huge confusion in the penalty area, Asisat Oshoala had a chance, but thanks to the sacrificial interventions of the players from the defensive formation, the Real Madrid team managed to get out of this situation unscathed. Moments later, Sofia Jakobsson tried to surprise Sandra Panos twice, but the Barcelona goalkeeper had no problems defending both attempts by the Real Madrid forward. In this part of the game, the Home team fully controlled the course of events and aimed at scoring more goals. It was done in the 70th minute of the match, in somewhat lucky circumstances Asisat Oshoala sent the ball into the net, thus increasing the lead of FC Barcelona.
The situation for Real Madrid grew even more complicated two minutes later. For deliberately playing with a hand outside the penalty area, Misa was punished with a red card. From that moment on, the Królewski team played the jackpot. In the 79th minute, the numbers on the pitch leveled out as the second yellow card of the game was received by Barcelona's center-back Mapi Leon. Real Madrid players were awarded a penalty. Olga Carmona hit the eleventh meter and the scoreboard was 4: 1. Not much has happened in the last ten minutes of the match. The players of Blaugrana kept the ball and did not push the pace of the game.
Barcelona's thirteenth victory this season has become a fact. The players from the Catalan capital lead the league table with an impressive 73: 3 goal difference, while Real Madrid relegated to third place and recorded their fourth defeat of the season.
FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 4: 1 (3: 0)
Goals: 14 'Putellas, 23' Hermoso, 37 'Oshoala, 70' Oshoala - 81 'Carmona
FC Barcelona Femeni: Panos - Ouahabi, Mapi, Pereira, Torrejon - Guijarro, Hermoso (73 'Hamraoui), Putellas (87' Losada) - Caldentey (70 'Aitana), Oshoala (Serrano), Hansen
Real Madrid: Misa - Carmona, Peter, Ivana, Robles - Jakobsson, Oroz (73 'Corredera), Kaci, Thaisa - Abelleira (73' Camino), Cardona
Yellow cards: 40 'Mapi, 65' Kaci, 70 'Oshoala
Red cards: 72 'Misa, 79' Mapi