Real Madrid leapfrog Barcelona at top of La Liga after Vinicius Junior runs champions ragged to win El Clasico

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring their first goal
Vinicius Jr puts Real Madrid ahead in the Clasico against Barcelona Credit: REUTERS/Juan Medina

Real Madrid won their first league Clasico in eight attempts since 2016 to leapfrog Barcelona at the top of La Liga by virtue of second-half goals from Vinicius Junior and Mariano. Barcelona enjoyed the better first-half chances but both Arthur and a palpably out of sorts Lionel Messi were denied by Thibaut Courtois' fine saves while Antoine Griezmann, still struggling in the absence of Luis Suárez to justify his £107m summer transfer, blazed over from 12 yards.

Real Madrid had the more coherent strategy from the start, using the pace of Vicinius jnr and the Uruguay midfielder Federico Valverde to exploit the space behind Barcelona's marauding full-backs.

2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The 19-year-old Vinicius, who alternately electrifies and frustrates the Bernabéu crowd, has become something of a special project for the manager Zinedine Zidane who tutors him in one-to-one sessions and prefers him to Gareth Bale on the left. After creating five half-chances with his slick movement and keen understanding with Karim Benzema, he finally made the breakthrough in the 71st minute, cutting in off the left wing to rattle a shot that clipped the lunging Gerard Pique on the toe and crept in at the near post.

Messi had the opportunity to equalise with a dart down the inside-left channel but the old acceleration was missing and he was caught both by Marcelo and Rapahel Varane, players he has humiliated in the past. The crowd's roar for the tackle was almost as loud as the one that greeted the goal.

Mariano, a late substitute, secured the deserved victory after a testing week for Zidane following the Manchester City defeat in the Champions League by cutting in off the right wing when Barcelona had committed too many men forward two minutes into injury time and wrong-footed Marc Andre ter Stegen with a shimmy to beat him at the near post.  

Match details

Real Madrid  Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde (Vazquez, 86), Casemiro, Kroos; Isco (Modric, 79), Benzema (Mariano 90), Vinicius Junior.
Substitutes Areola, Militao, Bale, Mendy. Booked Vinicius Junior, Carvajal. 

Barcelona Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur (Rakitic, 81); Vidal (Braithwaite, 69), Messi, Griezmann (Ansu Fati, 81).
Substitutes Neto, Lenglet, Junior Firpo, Collado. Booked 2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Jordi Alba, Messi.

Referee 2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Mateu Lahoz

Attendance 78,357

 

Full time:  Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Mariano)

Thoroughly deserved victory for the home side, the first in El Clasico in eight attempts. 

90+3 min: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Mariano)

T2020欧洲杯足球即时比分he sub cuts in from the right shimmes to his right as he entered the six-yard box to force the keeper to transfer his weight and poke his shot the other side of Ter Stegen. . 

GOAL!!!

Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Mariano)

90 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                               

Vinicius Junior kicks Rakitic on the ankle. Free-kick 30m from goal. Ter Stegen comes up and Messi floats it straight down Courtois' throat.

89 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                              

Having had to defer to Ronaldo for nine years he seizes the opportunity himself and bludgeons it into the wall. 

87 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                             

Real Madrid sub: Lucas Vazquez comes on for Valverde and wins a free-kick in the D. Ramos lines it up. 

84 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                            

Yellow card for Messi after he wraps his right leg around Casemiro who was racing away from him. Seconds eralier Vicinius swerved this way and that, shimmied and feinted then used a jet-heeled spurt to glide past Pique into the box, after sending two other defenders off to buy an Evening Post. Unfortunately his next touch took it too close to Ter Stegen. 

82 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                           

Messi takes a free kick out on the left and arcs it perfectly on to Pique's head as he made a near-post run but the centre-back can't direct it to his right towards goal and batters it straight ahead and into touch.  

80 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                          

S2020欧洲杯足球即时比分ubstitutions: Griezmann and Arthur are replaced by Rakitic and Ansu Fati for Barcelona.

Real send on Modric in place of the exhausted Isco. 

 

77 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                         

C2020欧洲杯足球即时比分arvajal diddles Jordi Alba and Umtiti with a back heel to Isco who threads the pass back to him on the right of the box. He beats Ter Stegen to it and toe-pokes it to Vinicius whose own cheeky backheel cannot divert it inside the open goal. But the late flag saved the 'what if' inquests.   

74 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                        

V2020欧洲杯足球即时比分arane and Marcelo chase down Messi who is racing towards goal down the inside left channel after wandering back onside craftily to take De Jong's pass. The acceleration simply isn't there and Marcelo pokes it out of his stride. Varane taps it back from the keeper. Thirty seconds earlier Casemiro hit him with a legal, bear-trap of a tackle taking the ball and flattening him as well. The crowd cheered more loudly for that than the goal. 

72 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                       

T2020欧洲杯足球即时比分he winger is put in behind Semedo for the umpteenth time and he runs into the box at full pelt, opens his body and sweeps a right-foot shot in the siz-yard box that strikes Pique on the toe and wrongfoots Ter Stegen to creep in at the near post. 

GOAL!!!

Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 0 (Vinicius)

70 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                      

Barcelona take off Vidal and send on former Smoggie Martin Braithwaite who makes an immdiate impact with his pace as he reaches Semedo's pass and hooks a half volley that Courtois flicks away from goal. 

69 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                     

K2020欧洲杯足球即时比分roos takes a Real Madrid corner from the left. Ter Stegn punches to the edge of the box to Carvajal who lifts it back across the area diagonally to the left, looking for Ramos who slides to shoot at Ter Stegen but was offside. 

67 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                    

Busquets picks out Messi out by the byline on the left with a scooped pass over the defence but Carvajal makes a sweetly-timed and crisp block to nick the ball off him and push it forward. 

65 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                   

V2020欧洲杯足球即时比分inicus demands a penalty when he falls, two seconds after losing the ball, over the sliding Pique. The ref shakes his head. 

63 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                  

Carvajal pounces on a Ter Stegen mistake with a pass to pinch in ahead of De Jong. he shifts it up to Isco on the left of the D and the plymaker chips a cross beyond the right of the six-yard box. Benzema meets it on the volle and steers it over the bar. 

62 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                 

T2020欧洲杯足球即时比分er Stegen saves Isco's header from the left of the penalty spot but the ball spins back behind and Pique has to whack it off the goalline. The ball may have been out of play deep on the right before the cross came in. Thirty seconds later Kroos has another effort from distance, ballooning his third long shot over the bar. 

61 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                                

M2020欧洲杯足球即时比分essi seems to be too stately for defensive work tonight, letting Marcelo walk away with the ball after a diffident attempt at a tackle. 

60 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                               

C2020欧洲杯足球即时比分asemiro flashes a shot over the bar from 22m. 

57 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                              

Real take a quick corner and take it short to Isco who cuts in on his right from the left and bends a shot aiming for the top right bins that Ter Stegen has to soar high to his left to push behind for another corner. Bacelona van Winkel continue to sleep at corners. Terrific save but Ter Stegen has every right to yell at his team-mates for their doziness. 

55 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                              

B2020欧洲杯足球即时比分enzema and Vinicius join up to pierce the Barca defence down the left but having made the infiltration into the box and drwan Umtiti out of position to cover, poor control lets Barca off the hook as Vinicius blunders and knocks the ball behind for a goal-kick. 

53 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                             

Arthur shields the ball on the edge of his own area and drwas the foul from Kroos. Graham Hunter thinks Real Madrid should be hounding Ter Stegen intead of letting him have all the time he wants to pick a pass. 

51 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                            

M2020欧洲杯足球即时比分ichael Laudrup says he is surprised no one is warming up because both need to improve significantly. De Jong links up with Semedo to try to work an opening on the right but when he receives the return Kroos steps in to break up the move. 

49 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                           

Casemiro treads on Messi's heel. Free-kick 30m out on the left. Messi takes it and can't beat the near post sentries.  

48 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                          

Lioenl Messi bursts down the inside-left channel, ghosting over from his false nine role but his left-foot shot strikes Varane and rebounds out to Jordi Alba running down the left wing. His cross is deflected behind for a corner that comes to naught. 

46 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                         

T2020欧洲杯足球即时比分he attendance is announced as 78,357 as the second half gets underway. 

Half-time: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                         

T2020欧洲杯足球即时比分he half ends with Umtiti making a foal-like gambol up the left. 

Barcelona have had the better chances - ordinarily one would expect them to have scored two - but Real Madrid have looked the stronger side, playing to a plan and exploiting the advanced positions of the Barcelona full-backs.  

 

43 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                        

Isco takes a free-kcik on the left, 10m inside the Barca half. He swings it into the box, Barcelona stick to their hig line and defend it comfortably, allowing Ter Stegen virtuallythe whole box to himself. 

41 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                       

The best and the worst of Vinicius in five seconds. He absolutely carves Semedo a new one by smoking past him, picks up his head and tries to lay it off to Kroos but horses up his pass, tapping it straight to a grateful Pique. 

39 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                      

S2020欧洲杯足球即时比分harp save from Courtois when Messi is put through by a superb Arthur pass. You'd put your mortgage on him as he enters the box from the right of the D, draws back his left and spears a shot that the keeper dives to block. Too close to him but he still did well because it was hit with such power.  

37 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                     

Messi nutmegs Ramos as he picks up Vidal's pass and threads it through the Rea; captain's legs by the 18-yard line. Vidal turns it back to Griezmann in the D but his shot is blocked by Varane's dive. The ball is knocked up the left to Vinicius who has the gas to burn off Pique but he seems reluctant to do so and hits a tame shot from too far out at Ter Stegen instead. 

35 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                    

A2020欧洲杯足球即时比分rthur gets into a race with Kroos from halfway to get on the end of Griezmann's pass. Neither is very quick but Arthur comfortably outpaces his pursure who seems to give up as he takes the ball into the area. He waits for Courtois to sit down but the Belgium keeper won't comply and pulls off a fine save to tip the dink, when it eventually comes, around his left post. 

 

33 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                   

Jordi Alba fells Valverde and the referee waves play on despite sustained howls and whistles of protest from the crowd. 

32 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                  

V2020欧洲杯足球即时比分idal plays in Messi down the right of the box but he is pushed too wide and cannot properly test Courtois who gobbles up the angled shot. 

31 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                 

R2020欧洲杯足球即时比分eal Madrid look the more assured and, with the gaps behind Semedo and Jordi Alba, more confident of their plan. 

28 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0                

Both sides are at their best playing one-touch and again Vinicius is the beneficiary but this time on the right as he swallows Isco's pass, beats Jordi Alba and drags a pass across the 18-yard line to Benzema who tees it back to Kroos. For the second time in 10 minutes the Germany World Cup-winner sweeps a shot over the bar. 

25 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0               

V2020欧洲杯足球即时比分alverde plays a one-two with Isco and bombs down the outside of Jordi Alba before cannoning a cross through the box on the ricochet principle but it has far too much pace on it for anyone to control and it sails through to safety.  

 

23 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0              

Barcelona work a triangle up the left that allows Jordi Alba to flood behind Carvajal as he does so often. He normally picks out Messi but Griezmann is better-placed and he receives gold-plated service with the cut-back but he leans back and spoons a left-foot shot over the bar from about 12 metres. Best chance of the game. He should have buried it. 

22 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0             

V2020欧洲杯足球即时比分ital interception from Pique when Marcelo flies down the left, rolling back the years, and harpoons a cross through the six-yard box, looking for Isco, but the centre-back manages to get his right boot to it. 

21 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0            

Carvajal gives Jordi Alba a high push and both are booked, the latter simply for being a victim and moaning about it. 

19 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0           

Lovely, slick one-two between Griezmann and De Jong puts the France forward into the box on the left but Varane and Ramos race over to deal with the bouncing ball. 

18 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0          

A2020欧洲杯足球即时比分rthur can be magic on the ball but once again he finds himself with no runners making darts ahead of him so waits and waits until he can draw a foul from Casemiro. 

16 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0         

Vinicius turns Semedo, picks up his head and lays it back to the edge of the area for Kroos who skelps a left-foot shot over the bar.  

14 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0        

Not for the first time Marcelo plays Vinicius down the left flank and he crosses on the run. Isco heads it back from the right of the box to set up Benzema by the penalty spot but he heads it into the ground and the spin and bounce take it away from the centre-forward. 

12 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0       

Very scruffy so far. Lots of pressing, lots of backpasses. 

10 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0      

S2020欧洲杯足球即时比分emedo bombs up the right and taps it a good five yards ahead with each touch, allowing him to really lengthen his stride and Vinicius, in pursuit, panics, pushing him over. Free-kick and yellow card. Zidane is furious about the second punishment. 

8 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0     

Jordi Alba probes down the left, pushing beyond Griezmann. They have to go back to go forward and Messi drifts off to the left to join De Jong and work the space to hang up a cross to the back post for, as Paul McCartney unimprovably wrote, no one.  

Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images

 

6 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0    

Real sweep the ball from left to right and back again to Marcelo who slips Vinicius down the line and the winger's cross strikes Semedo who hacks it behind. From the short corner Benzema gets on the end of a left-wing cross and bludgeonshis header into the crowd. 

5 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0   

Valverde is pushed high up the right and stretches his legs to chase an Isco pass but Umtiti matches his pace and whips the ball away. 

3 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0  

Barcelona attack at speed with Real pressing hard and De Jong links up with Messi at the edge of the area but they can't penetrate the penalty box. 

2 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0 

Vidal pounces on the quick corner to ensure an Alexander-Arnold situation doesn't arise. He intercepts alertly and puts it out for another corner that Barcelona defend well. 

1 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0

We're off and Real immeditaley attack up the left with Vinicius Jnr and together with Isco they win a cotmer off Semedo. 

Out come the players

G2020欧洲杯足球即时比分raham Hunter is laying it on a bit thick about the pageantry. Nothing new there. 

Real Madrid

Have won one in six but have put the multiple Champions League winning back four back together for one last heist. Sergio Ramos is talking about leadership but Terry Gibson weighs in by saying he hs been a poor leader in recent weeks because he keeps charging forward trying to rectify things and ends up leaving a hole at the back. 

Teams for those of you watching in black and white

Real Madrid  Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Substitutes Areola, Militao, Modric, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Mendy, Mariano.

Something's in the air Credit:  REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Barcelona (4-3-3) Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; de Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Vidal, Messi, Griezmann.
Substitutes Neto, Rakitic, Lenglet, Braithwaite, Junior, Collado, Ansu Fati.

Referee 2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

The ghost of Clasicos past is present

 

Real Madrid starting XI

Marcelo and Kroos replace Mendy and Modric. Bale on the bench.

 

Barcelona starting XI

A2020欧洲杯足球即时比分rthur starts Hurrah.

 

Good evening

A2020欧洲杯足球即时比分nd welcome to live coverage of the 180th Liga Clasico, a rivalry that stands perfectly poised at 72 wins apiece and 35 draws after 91 years of mostly unfriendly rivalry. Barcelona, unbeaten in the past seven league meetings with Real, lead them by two points at the top of the table their confidence in pursuit of a hat-trick of titles would be enhanced by victory in the Bernabeu this evening. Barca’s new manager, Quique Setien, is probably right to say that the match is more important to Real Madrid than them but given the fact it’s their first visit since the Catalunya separatist leaders were gaoled for sedition last October, it remains of utmost significance for the league leaders. 

The match itself, however, seems to have lost some of its cachet here in the UK. A couple of years ago, if you walked along the touchline at a children’s football training session, you would have seen scores of children in the burgundy and navy of Barcelona and quite a few wearing the white of Real Madrid. 

This army of little Messis, Neymars, Ronaldos and Bales represented a victory for a kind of cultural imperialism bred both by the prodigious success of the two Spanish giants and the hype their sustained investment in world-class talent has generated. Some of it, though, also stems from a compromise made by dislocated parents who do not wish to inflict the curse of their own clubs on their offspring but are unwilling to commit apostasy by buying the shirt of another English side. 

Part of its appeal for the rest of us was the genuine needle between the two. There’s nothing more appealing than a match where the result means more than its impact on the league table, where the players comprehend the significance and the roars of the crowd sound like war drums in their ears. It’s what made the Old Firm game such a draw for non Scots. 

Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Perez

We know now that the political history of Real Madrid and Barcelona, their post-civil war roles, were more nuanced than we used to take for granted, that Franco didn’t much care for the game, more bandwagon jumper rather than facilitator for Real Madrid’s European dominance and that Barca won five league titles from the start of the dictatorship before Real won their first under the Generalissimo

But the truth hasn’t had much impact on their self-images of exceptionalism, one the patrician establishment team, the other ‘more than a club’. As much as they define themselves by separatist ambitions, philosophy and achievements, they also define themselves in their opposition to each other. And it is this that so many observers buy into. 

2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Yet behind the hype what we’re left with now is two immensely wealthy clubs of impressive grandeur who are caught between the past and the future. At times they resemble a heavyweight contest between George Foreman and Larry Holmes when both were pushing 50 as they try to pull off the most difficult job in sport, transitioning from a gluttonously successful generation of players into a newly vibrant team. The immortal veterans remain great players but age and injury have taken their toll while the loss of the old fluency, coherence and certainty is palpable. It’s still a magnificent occasion and compelling watch. Hopefully, they will give us a mesmerising match, too - one more twitch on the thread.