In a dramatic match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Barcelona emerged victorious with a 1-0 win in the first leg of the semi-finals in the Copa del Ray. Real Madrid had a lot of possession but they failed to convert it into any meaningful opportunities. Barcelona, on the other hand, played a bit of antifootball, which isn’t their style, and their tactics paid off.
FC Barcelona missing players
Barcelona was missing some key players due to injuries, including Pedri, Lewandowski, Dembele and Christensen, which made things difficult for the team. However, they managed to put up a solid performance and kept Real Madrid at bay throughout the match.
Barcelona and their Views
Despite having only 35% possession, Barcelona managed to create four shots, with two of them on target. Ansu Fati had a pretty disappointing game, and his drop-off in form has been significant. He could have scored the second goal for Barcelona, but he couldn’t jump out of the way in time.
Franck Kessie was the standout player for Barcelona, and he had an excellent game. He was involved in creating most of Barcelona’s attacking moves and had some fantastic runs. It was his shot that led to the only goal of the game, which was an own goal scored by Eder Militao, who deflected the ball into his own net.
Barcelona’s tactics were a bit unusual, and they played a bit of antifootball, which isn’t their style. However, it paid off for them in this match, and they managed to secure a vital win against their rivals.
Real Madrid’s Views
Real Madrid, on the other hand, will be disappointed with their performance. They had a lot of possession but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities. They will need to go back to the drawing board and work on their attacking play if they want to get back to winning ways.
This win is a significant boost for Barcelona, who have been struggling in recent games. It shows that they are still a force to be reckoned with and that they can still win big matches against their biggest rivals.
Overall, it was a tense and exciting match, with both teams giving their all. Barcelona’s unusual tactics paid off in the end. They will now take this lead to the Camp Nou where they will play the second leg.