Saudi Arabia hosted a great soccer match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona. The white team made it to the final on Sunday thanks to the Vinicius-Benzema duet.
The fans present at the King Fahd Stadium enjoyed. Another thing is the opinion of the fans of the four teams involved (Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao) who would have liked to attend the great show that began yesterday with a great football match. Hopefully this day will continue with the other semifinal.
A priori, the team from the capital of Spain reached the semifinal much better, but a Madrid-Barça match never has favorites. It does not count the close trajectory, nor the situation in the league table.
Most of the predictions gave Barcelona as inferior And perhaps that is why today we wake up with many praises to the culé team that make us think that the team that will be in the final on Sunday could be Barça.
And it will not be so. Ancelotti’s team controlled the game at all times and those of Xavi Hernández only stopped Vinicius based on fouls sometimes touching the red card.
The new Barça pearl Gavi, international very early, did not appear in attack, but yes in defense needing to incur in continuous fouls to stop the white players.
In attack only Luuk de Jong appeared, but he was substituted at halftime. Despite scoring the first goal culé on the rebound. Ferran Torres did not contribute much; but of course, it was to be expected after so much time of inactivity and never having played with his teammates.
Dembélé was a great stiletto in Barcelona’s attack, a headache for the Real Madrid defense.
The other De Jong, Frankie, still missing In the important games and as it continues in that line, Nico, Gavi or Pedri will eat it up. Like Busquets, who made a serious mistake in the first white goal.
The defense conceded three goals and was able to conceal another three. Jordi Alba was the best, Piqué and Araújo did not give a level to control a full Vinicius and Benzema. Dani Alves pulling veteran and slapping. He was substituted before he left the team with ten. And Ter Stegen is well below the level of a few years ago.
Even so, with the entry of Pedri, Ansu Fati and Depay, Barça improved a lot. Although by tying two he relaxed excessively. Ez Abde has resigned from the African Cup to settle at Barça and he will hardly have minutes once Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres and Depay have recovered. And with Dembélé and Jutglá scoring goals. In the best of cases it will be the fifth striker.
It would have been good for the Moroccan player to gain experience playing a high-level trophy and Morocco very well his overflow and his impudence when attacking.
For its part, the madridista team started the game well, overcoming Barça pressure with an imperial Modric that provoked continuous ovations from the Saudi public.
Above, the Vini-Benzema duo continues in a splendid moment and the Brazilian looks like another one in front of the door.
Once the scoreboard was opened, Madrid relaxed and the culé team took control of the situation with several arrivals. Ancelotti’s defense without Alaba is not that consistent. Not because of Nacho, who fulfilled as always more than enough, but the tranquility, the security and the ball output that the Austrian brings was missed yesterday.
Carvajal was lacking in rhythm and in the second half it was noticed. Perhaps it would have been better to start with Lucas and give him minutes at the end of the game. Militao and Mendy relaxed again and there was Ansu Fati, who is unforgiving and scored the 2-2. He was also about to tie in extra time with a Chilean. If he is not injured, he will undoubtedly be the best Barça player in attack.
Ancelotti still does not trust his bench much and only Valverde, Lucas and Rodrygo brought freshness to the team. It seems that Hazard and Isco played everything they had to play for Real Madrid. They do not count anything for the Italian technician. And not for lack of opportunities.
It does count as the thirteenth player Valverde, who provided consistency on the right wing and a goal in a magnificent play on the counter.
The white engine room with Kroos, Casemiro and Modric ran for most of the match, although there were sections in which the culés prevailed, although without great occasions. Courtois didn’t need to make any big saves.
In summary, a great soccer game, with rhythm, speed and alternatives of the two teams. He opted in extra time, for the Vinicius-Benzema duo.