Prior to the game, Madrid and Barca were tied for first place with a point differential of just seven goals between them. Both teams have only lost two points this season.
🧱 ¿La gran muralla china? No me suena. pic.twitter.com/ISHRUKyISA
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) October 16, 2022
Real Madrid, however, regained lead at the top of the table with a two-goal advantage after the final whistle to secure victory in the first El Clasico match of 2022–23.
Barca had numerous opportunities in the second half, but they hardly put Lunin to the test until a late strike from their super sub – Torres gave them hope.
Real Madrid wouldn’t accept that, and after a protracted VAR review, Rodrygo was given a penalty, which he duly converted to secure the win for a Madrid team that capitalized on its opportunities.
— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) October 16, 2022
Robert Lewandowski put forth a lot of effort in front of goal to help Barca get back into the game, but only managed to grab an assist at the end.
He ended the game with eight touches right inside the box, four final third entries, and six shots, two of which were on goal.
He participated in a total of 12 duels, winning two of them in the air. He also made one good cross and won two free kicks, but all that won’t count as Madrid sealed with three points and top of the table now.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 16, 2022
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