Barcelona pull away from Real Madrid in fiesty Dallas Clasico

In a thrilling match, Madrid struck the woodwork an astonishing five times, three of which were attempts by Vinicius Junior, as they fought hard for an equalizer. Their efforts paid off when the young substitute López, aged 20, scored a stunning long-range goal, followed by Torres adding a third to secure victory.

The U.S. tours of the two Spanish giants are coming to an end this week. Barcelona will be facing AC Milan in Las Vegas on Tuesday, while Madrid will take on Juventus in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday.

Both Barca’s coach, Xavi Hernandez, and Madrid’s counterpart, Carlo Ancelotti, fielded strong line-ups for the game. Barcelona showcased their summer signings, Ilkay Gündogan and Oriol Romeu, in the starting XI, while Madrid included their new acquisition, Jude Bellingham

“It was a well-contested match, both in terms of our possession and pressing, resulting in numerous chances and great mobility,” praised Ancelotti. “The disappointing aspect is the final score. Towards the end, we became overly attacking, lacking the necessary balance. While the result is painful, I choose to focus on the positives and the team’s overall good performance. We created many opportunities throughout the game.”

Barcelona came close to taking the lead in the fourth minute when Romeu’s first-time volley struck the crossbar. Dembélé later opened the scoring following a cleverly executed training ground routine, with Gündogan finding Pedri, who assisted the French striker inside the box.

Madrid, on the other hand, experienced an unusual sequence of hitting the woodwork five times in the match. Vinicius, unfortunately, missed a penalty after Ronald Araujo’s handball, and he later hit the bar again with another attempt that nearly crossed the goal line.

Ancelotti explained, “We are currently trying out different penalty takers. Today, Modric wasn’t on the field, and he usually takes penalties. We are testing with players like Vinicius and Rodrygo.”

Before halftime, there was a rough challenge from Frenkie de Jong on Eder Militao, leading to the Netherlands international being booked. Furthermore, Andreas Christensen, Gündogan, and Ferland Mendy all went off due to discomfort before the break.

In the second half, both teams made several changes, and Ancelotti introduced experienced players Toni Kroos and Luka Modric after an hour. Madrid’s unlucky streak with the woodwork continued when Aurelien Tchouameni’s long-range shot hit the bar and then Ter Stegen.

Later, López, as a substitute, sealed the victory with an exceptional goal from outside the box in the 85th minute, beating Courtois. Shortly after, Torres showcased some excellent skills in the box, adding another goal to the tally.

This exhibition Clasico in the U.S. marked the third time for Madrid and Barcelona, with the Catalans emerging victorious in all three encounters.

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