Real Madrid snapped Barcelona’s unbeaten streak in La Liga with a 1-2 win in a thrilling El Clasico at the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium on Saturday. The visitors came from behind thanks to a double from Jude Bellingham, who scored a stunning long-range goal and a late winner after Ilkay Gundogan had given the hosts an early lead.
Barcelona were missing several key players, such as Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, and Jules Kounde, due to injuries and suspensions, but they started the game well and went ahead in the sixth minute. Gundogan, who netted his first goal for the club since his summer move from Manchester City, took advantage of a loose ball in the box and beat David Alaba.
The hosts had more possession and chances, with Fermin Lopez hitting the post and Timo Werner wasting a one-on-one opportunity. Real Madrid, however, improved as the game went on and tested Ter Stegen with some shots from distance. The equaliser arrived in the 68th minute when Bellingham, who has been in superb form this season, fired a spectacular shot from 40 yards out that found the top corner.
The result put Real Madrid on top of the table with 28 points from eleven games, while Barcelona slipped to third place with 24 points. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti lauded Bellingham’s performance and said he was pleased with the team’s spirit. Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández conceded his side were unlucky and said they deserved more from the game.
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