Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – Football Match Report – January 15, 2023

Barcelona had been topped Spanish Super Cup champions after objectives from Gavi, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri earned them a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Barcelona, ​​who handed Xavi his first trophy as coach of the Catalan membership, had been dominant in each side of the sport and took benefit of three errors by Real Madrid to attain.

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For the second match in a row, Carlo Ancelotti stated after the sport that his crew was not firing on all cylinders — a sentiment he shared following a shootout win over Valencia within the semifinals — after being outclassed in all phases by Barcelona.

“We must study [from this]. It’s a tough second,” Ancelotti stated. “We knew earlier than this sport that the crew wasn’t at its greatest. This sport has proven some points which we have to enhance. We’ll be again. It’s a blow, however we’ll put together for the subsequent sport.

“The sport began off even, there wasn’t a lot rhythm, however after they scored first, they’d extra confidence. We gifted them the primary two objectives.

“[We have] to work, to take a look at the errors we made. In the [semifinal] towards Valencia, we had been higher in protection, and in the present day we made errors once more. We must work on that.”

Xavi sprung a shock as he shifted from his ordinary 4-3-3 system to play an additional man in midfield with solely Lewandowski up entrance, whereas centre-again Ronald Araujo was deployed at proper-again to attempt to decelerate Real’s electrifying winger Vinicius Junior.

Vinicius was largely nameless, whereas taking part in Gavi via the left channel paid dividends, because the teenager scored the opener and delivered two assists.

The LaLiga leaders went forward within the thirty third minute after Real defender Antonio Rudiger handed throughout his personal space to Barca’s Sergio Busquets, who began a transfer that ended with Gavi on their own contained in the field to attain with a exact left-foot strike.

“We strengthened the midfield to search for taking on that space, and Araujo was actually good stopping Vinicius counters. We left them with no choices and felt very snug,” Busquets stated after the win

“We knew that it was a chance that we needed to seize. We are going via a time of adjustments within the membership and within the dressing room, and this win will strengthen us to proceed preventing for extra titles.”

Lewandowski prolonged the lead 12 minutes afterward the counter when Frenkie de Jong discovered Gavi, who ghosted behind Real’s defensive position earlier than placing it on a plate for the Poland striker, who tapped it into the again of the empty web.

Real Madrid, who had no pictures on course within the first half, spent many of the second in panic mode, attempting to keep away from an even bigger defeat.

Yet, as soon as once more a expensive mistake allowed Barcelona to attain. Substitute Dani Ceballos misplaced the ball in midfield and Gavi sprinted ahead and crossed for Pedri to fireside level-clean into the empty web.

Karim Benzema scored a comfort objective for Real in added time, putting dwelling on the rebound after Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied his first try.

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