La Liga leaders Actual Madrid squared off towards their bitterest rivals and Spanish champions Barcelona within the remaining of the Supercopa de Espana on the Al-Awwal Stadium on Sunday night time (January 14). The sport, a replay of final season’s Supercopa de Espana remaining, provided exhilarating motion for all followers to get pleasure from, but it surely was the Madridistas who went residence with a smile on their faces. Buoyed by an outstanding hat-trick by Vinicius Jr., Los Blancos cruised to a 4-1 victory in Riyadh, clinching their thirteenth Supercopa de Espana title.
Actual Madrid No. 7 Vinicius Jr. Toys With Barcelona Protection
In contrast to in final season’s Supercopa de Espana remaining, which ended 3-1 in Barcelona’s favor, Actual Madrid didn’t let their rivals settle. The Blaugrana nonetheless dominated possession as anticipated, however the Whites carried a a lot larger goalscoring menace all through the sport.
It took Actual Madrid simply seven minutes to discover a well beyond Barcelona’s poorly organized backline. Below stress from two Barcelona defenders, Jude Bellingham performed a through-ball for Vinicius Jr. to chase. Having overwhelmed Barca’s offside lure with ease, the 23-year-old took management of the ball, side-stepped the onrushing Inaki Pena, and rolled the ball into an empty internet. Scoring the opener in very good fashion, Vinicius Jr. paid homage to Al-Awwal’s native boy and Actual Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo by hitting his icon ‘Siuu’ celebration.
Within the tenth minute, Vinicius received on the scoresheet as soon as extra, once more because of Barca’s lackluster defending. Dani Carvajal picked out Rodrygo with an outstanding lengthy ball down the road. The Brazilian, comfortably evading the offside lure, darted into the field earlier than squaring it off to his compatriot Vinicius Jr. on the far put up. From point-blank vary, the No. 7 guided the ball into the again of the web, placing Madrid 2-0 up.
Robert Lewandowski scored Barcelona’s solely aim of the sport within the thirty third minute, dispatching a candy volley from exterior the field to seek out the bottom-right nook. The aim appeared ominous for Madrid, however the Catalans uncharacteristically did not construct onto it. Six minutes after Lewandowski’s aim, Ronald Araujo grabbed Vinicius Jr. contained in the field, giving freely a penalty. The jet-heeled winger dispatched the penalty with aplomb to finish the second hat-trick of his profession and restore Madrid’s two-goal cushion.
A Dominant Show By Los Blancos
Actual Madrid didn’t take their foot off the pedal within the second half, creating one probability after one other to increase their lead. Their efforts lastly paid dividends within the sixty fourth minute, with Rodrygo netting the ultimate aim of the sport from a deflected Vinicius Jr. move.
Issues went from unhealthy to worst for Barca within the second half, as their skipper Araujo noticed a second yellow for a reckless sort out on Vinicius. Brahim Diaz, Federico Valverde, Bellingham, and Aurelian Tchouameno all tried to get the fifth aim, however Barcelona in some way averted additional embarrassment.
The gulf between the 2 groups was there for everybody to see on Sunday. Barcelona had extra possession than Madrid, however had fewer pictures (18 vs 12), created fewer large probabilities (5 vs 1), took fewer touches contained in the opposition field (36 vs 26), and even gained fewer duels (41 vs 38). Xavi should return to the drafting board after the defeat in Riyadh, whereas Carlo Ancelotti can relaxation assured realizing he has a championship-winning facet in his arms.