Once again, the world-renowned rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid showed why it is one of the best football matches and why there are more followers for this match.
Real Madrid won the first El Clasico of 2022, beating rival Barcelona 3-2 in extra time on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana. It was Federico Valverde’s goal in the 98th minute that gave Los Blancos the win in Saudi Arabia, sending them into Sunday’s final, where they will play either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao. Football betting in El Clasico is tough as the result will be always unpredictable.
It was a tight match where both teams did not dominate completely. Real Madrid scored twice in the regular time, and Barca reacted against it quickly to come back for both times.
This loss will be more painful for Barcelona as they displayed an outstanding performance after a long time. The team showed the fighting spirit that they lacked in the past. After analysing the match, we can understand that the Catalan club has improved under Xavi, and they will improve more.
The win puts Real back in the final for the first time since 2019-20 when they beat Atletico in penalties.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez spoke to the media in Riyadh after his team’s 2 – 3 loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa semi-finals. Xavi spoke about his team’s effort, the results, and the performance of both teams.
“We have lost. We have been superior to Real Madrid at many times,” Xavi said. “We cannot have high morale because we have lost, but it is a very important turning point.”
Xavi said that when down 2 – 3, they had many opportunities to tie the game, but Real Madrid also had the chance to make it 2 – 4.
“We were close to the 3-3 on several occasions. They also had 4-2.” Xavi explained. “We’re sad, we’re angry. We can be proud of the game we played.”
After the match, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said the following: “We were aware that it was going to be a very close encounter, and it turned out that way. We played well, particularly in the first half. In the second half we played very well on the counter-attack and in the end tiredness kicked in. It was an entertaining match and I think we put on a good show and gave a good account for Spanish football”.
Now, Real Madrid will go in search of their 12th Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Now, the Los Blancos will be the favourites to win the cup. They will also have an extra day to rest, and also their recent form in La Liga will be an advantage for them.