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Real Madrid up pressure on Koeman with win

Published on: 24 October 2021

Real Madrid beat a struggling Barcelona at Camp Nou. Getty

Real Madrid upped the pressure on Barcelona's Ronald Koeman as they won 2-1 in El Clasico at Camp Nou on Sunday.

The win means Madrid top LaLiga ahead of Real Sociedad's clash with Atletico Madrid while Barcelona's poor season continues and they occupy eighth on the table.

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The sides were even for much of the game with chances at both ends but it was David Alaba who opened the scoring.

Barca had the chance to open the scoring before Alaba's strike when Sergino Dest, starting in a more advanced role, somehow blazed the ball over the bar from close range.

However, it was Madrid who made the most of their shots on goal with Alaba breaking the deadlock on 32 minutes.

Ancelotti's side countered after Memphis Depay was dispossessed. Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo were both involved in the build-up before the ball found its way to Alaba who struck it past Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the top corner.

Madrid played a safe game in the second half, slowing down play and frustrating Barcelona. The tactic worked as Ronald Koeman's side were unable to find an opening.

Lucas Vazquez made the win safe with a close-range finish on 93 minutes after Madrid caught Barca on the counter attack.

Sergio Aguero pulled one back for Barcelona in the sixth minute of added time with a close range finish and Dest assisting. The goal is his first for Barcelona.

Sunday marked Carlo Ancelotti's first win at Camp Nou despite having played there with AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Madrid.

The loss is Koeman's third El Clasico defeat in a row.

Source: espn.co.uk

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