In a captivating pre-season friendly at the AT&T stadium, FC Barcelona displayed an outstanding performance, defeating their domestic rival, Real Madrid, with a convincing 3-0 scoreline.
Both Spanish heavyweights showcased strategic game plans, with Barcelona taking the lead in the 15th minute through Ousmane Dembele, assisted by Pedri. Real Madrid missed a penalty opportunity as Vinicius Jr hit the crossbar, leaving Barcelona’s Ter Stegen in disbelief.
The match continued to intensify, with Rodrygo’s exceptional free kick in the 33rd minute narrowly saved by Ter Stegen, touching the ball off the top right corner of the post.
Possession remained tightly contested, with Real Madrid slightly edging Barcelona with 53%, while the Catalan giants held 47%.
Madrid featured French players Camavinga, Tchouamen, and Valverde, while English midfielder Bellingham played behind Brazilian attackers Vinicius and Rodrygo.
The match marked Madrid’s first game following the departure of former captain and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema to Al Ittihad. Madrid missed several goal-scoring chances, hitting the woodwork on multiple occasions.
Barcelona’s midfield trio of Oriol, de Jong, and ex-Manchester City midfielder Ikay Gundogan, effectively controlled the game.
In the 85th minute, German international Toni Kroos was under pressure and passed the ball to Sergi Roberto, who struck it past Courtois, securing Barcelona’s second goal. The Catalan giants sealed their victory in extra time when Ferran Torres scored after receiving a pass from Lopez.
Barcelona aims to maintain their winning form in upcoming pre-season friendly matches against Milan and Tottenham before their first La Liga match against Getafe on August 13, seeking to defend their previous season’s league triumph.
Madrid also faces a challenging encounter against Italian giant Juventus, followed by their first domestic match against Athletic Bilbao on August 12.