Real Madrid gains victory over Barcelona by 3-1 in the El Clasico opening

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    Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in the season-opening Clasico, marking a strong milestone in their bid to clinch the LaLiga Santander title.

    The Whites won the battle in midfield, with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Fede Valverde getting off to a good start as they overwhelmed their rivals to prove the difference in the end.

    Ferran Torres halved the deficit as Barcelona returned to action in the closing minutes, but a late penalty from Rodrygo sealed the hosts’ victory.

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    Without putting up a great game, Real Madrid took a comfortable lead. Luckily, after Vinicius fended off the Barcelona defense, his shot bounced off Karim and his Benzema run to make it 1-0.

    Madrid doubled their lead when Ferland Mendy was on the edge of the area with too much time and space. The Uruguayan passed Marc-Andre ter Stegen to take a stunning half-time lead.

    Before the second goal, Robert Lewandowski missed his only chance. The second half was a different story as the visitors ruled. Substitute Ansu Fati provided the spark. Midway through the second half, his shot went just wide of the post.

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    Lewandowski was then knocked down by Dani Carvajal in the box despite the referee’s lack of interest and VAR’s lack of interest.

    Barcelona’s Rodrygo ends a late fightback

    With ten minutes remaining, Fati did a good job and two defenders were declared dead, joining Ferran Torres who gave Barcelona hope.

    Under controversial circumstances, the chances of a fairytale ending were diminished when Madrid was awarded a last-minute penalty. There is a theory that Eric Garcia stepped on Rodrygo’s foot. There will be much debate about the correctness of this decision.

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    Rodrygo himself took the kick and converted. After a frustrating afternoon, Barca returned to Catalonia empty-handed.

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