Real Madrid defeated rivals Barcelona at the Camp Nou 3-1 to win the first El Classico of the season.Zinadine Zidane's master class at the Nou Camp helped Real Madrid secure a much needed three points against rivals Barcelona.
Biggest news from the camp of Barcelona is Antoine Griezmann starting from the bench while youngsters Sergi, Fati and Dest get their first El Classico start.
For Real Madrid, Zinadine Zidane benched 2018 Ballon d'or Luca Modric and Brazilian left back Marcelo.
Federico Valverde scored the opening in the Classico as the young Uruguayan put Real Madrid in the lead in the 5th minute. Madrid caught Barcelona in a counter in the opening minute, Kareem Benzema released Valverde through on goal. The Real Madrid Midfielder fired into the net from close range setting El Classico alive.
Few minutes after Madrid's opener, Barcelona got their equalizer from a typical Barca like game play. Lionel Messi once again involved in the build up releases Jodi Alba on the left wing and the Spaniard squares the ball to Fati who finishes for the home side. The game is all square in the 8th minute.
The second half began almost in similar fashion the first one ended with Barcelona doing the playing and Madrid trying to catch them on counter. Real Madrid were awarded a penalty after the referee had to check the pitch side monitor.
Sergio Ramos was fouled in the box from a Real Madrid free kick. After consolation with VAR the referee awarded Real Madrid a penalty. Sergio Ramos stepped up and in Ramos like fashion the skipper converted from twelve yards.
With three minutes to go, second half substitute for Real Madrid Luca Modric scored the third goal for Real Madrid. Wonderful play for Real Madrid as Luca Modric found himself one on one with Barcelona's goal keeper Neto, the Croatian easily went past Neto as he scored the third goal for Real Madrid in the 90th minute.
First El Classico of the season goes straight to Real Madrid who easily went past Ronald Koeman's Barcelona in the Camp Nou. Valverde, Ramos and substitute Luca Modric gave Real Madrid the much deserved victory over rivals Barcelona.
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