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602 days

after that

March 1, 2020

pre-pandemic at the

Santiago Bernabéu

that already sounds so far away, the public returned to a classic. Less than the 93,000 of the last Barcelona-Real Madrid did it, back in

December 2019

, but the

Camp Nou

, overcome the collapse at the gates of the stadium, finally cheered their own in the historic duel of Spanish football. There were

shouts, insults, ovations, whistles, some tangana attempt

on the grass, controversy ... In short:



An angry

Carlo Ancelotti

requested a penalty from




in the first half and insisted to the fourth referee to review a grab from Eric García to Benzema, but he had no luck with

Sánchez Martínez

, with whom he was left debating at the end of the first part.

Before the opening whistle, Barcelona, ​​under the order of

Joan Laporta

, recovered a political moment that it had abandoned during the presidency of Josep María Bartomeu: '

Els Segadors


Pere Aragonès

, president of the


, chose the classic to debut in the

Camp Nou


this season, and Laporta had already announced this week that he would respond to his presence with the sounds of

the Catalan anthem

, which did not sound before a match for six years.

"It is necessary to do him the honors that he deserves, that they are in the classic one is a coincidence", explained the president of the Barcelona group, aware that there is no greater media focus than a classic.

The anthem sounded, which is official of Catalonia since 1993, and the fans responded with shouts of


In the minute 17:14, again "independence!".

Then soccer.

Vinicius, leading actor

Vinicius and Gavi

, young faces of a classic without

Cristiano, Messi or Sergio Ramos

, embraced before the first second of the meeting. The Brazilian, electric as always, dominated the left wing of the white attack and was the center of the shouts of the local fans. He surpassed Mingueza, faced

Jordi Alba

, created the 0-1 score for Alaba and enjoyed despairing of Barça and its stands, where

Luis Enrique


. The national coach would observe the Barça squad more, with

seven Spaniards

in the starting eleven. In Madrid there was only one:

Lucas Vázquez


Carlo Ancelotti found his

first victory

after five unsuccessful visits to the Camp Nou, two of them with Madrid. "I think it is time to achieve it," he joked yesterday at a press conference. Hence the nervousness of the Italian, who did not stop giving instructions and arguing angrily with his son


. The two clear missed chances by Benzema and some counterattack not taken advantage of by Vinicius in the second half made the transalpine desperate, who lived in the last minutes of very intense triumph.

First Vinicius asked for the change, apparently due to fatigue, and his departure, with a walk in front of the Barça animation stands, was completely less friendly.


Vini is someone who hurts

, has speed, dribbles ... He hasn't scored a goal but he has helped us a lot," Courtois analyzed.


Fede Valverde

, who had entered for Rodrygo, hurt his knee in a jump with


and had to leave the game a few minutes later.


Thibaut Courtois

, a Madrid hero in so many afternoons, suffered a mishap in his right leg when he hit a ball.

He was able to continue, but with some difficulty.

"Another classic won"

And to finish, a classic icing: controversy and goal. Already in added time, Piqué called for a penalty after being knocked down in the area and the one against

Lucas Vázquez pushed Ter Stegen's rejection of

an Asensio shot

into the net

. 0-2 that Barça protested but that the VAR did not annul. Agüero's goal would arrive late for the Catalans.

"It is a

very good victory

, another classic won and it is important to continue up there", Courtois valued at the end of the duel.

"In both areas there were small things, but I think not to whistle."

It is the fourth classic that Madrid has won in a row, something that had not happened since 1965, 56 years ago.

In this way,

Ronald Koeman

becomes the second coach in history to lose his first three Barça-Madrid.

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