exact Madrid vs. Barcelona - soccer Match Report - January 15, 2023

Barcelona have been topped Spanish great Cup champions after targets from Gavi, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri earned them a three-1 win over bitter rivals exact Madrid in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Barcelona, who handed Xavi his first trophy as coach of the Catalan membership, have been dominant in every facet of the sport and took benefit of three errors by exact Madrid to attain.

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For the second match in a row, Carlo Ancelotti mentioned after the sport that his staff was not firing on all cylinders — a sentiment he shared following a shootout win over Valencia inside the semifinals — after being outclassed in all phases by Barcelona.

“we should be taught [from this]. it is a tough second,” Ancelotti mentioned. “We knew earlier than this recreation that the staff wasn’t at its most interesting. This recreation has proven some factors which we should increase. We’ll be again. it is a blow, however we’ll put together for the following recreation.

“the sport started off even, there wasn’t a lot rhythm, however after they scored first, that they had extra confidence. We gifted them the foremost two targets.

“[We have] to work, to take a have a look on the errors we made. inside the [semifinal] in opposition to Valencia, we have been greater in defence, and immediately we made errors as quickly as extra. we should work on that.”

Xavi sprung a shock as he shifted from his traditional 4-three-three system to play an further man in midfield with solely Lewandowski up entrance, whereas centre-again Ronald Araujo was deployed at proper-again to purpose to decelerate exact’s electrifying winger Vinicius Junior.

Vinicius was largely nameless, whereas having fun with Gavi by the left channel paid dividends, as a end result of the teenager scored the opener and delivered two assists.

The LaLiga leaders went forward inside the thirty third minute after exact defender Antonio Rudiger handed throughout his personal space to Barca’s Sergio Busquets, who started a transfer that ended with Gavi on their personal contained in the subject to attain with a exact left-foot strike.

“We strengthened the midfield to look for taking on that space, and Araujo was actually good stopping Vinicius counters. We left them with no decisions and felt very snug,” Busquets mentioned after the win

“We knew that it was a likelihood that we needed to grab. we’re going by a time of adjustments inside the membership and inside the dressing room, and this win will strengthen us to proceed combating for extra titles.”

Lewandowski prolonged the lead 12 minutes afterward the counter when Frenkie de Jong found Gavi, who ghosted in behind exact’s defensive place earlier than placing it on a plate for the Poland striker, who tapped it into the again of the empty internet.

exact Madrid, who had no pictures on course inside the foremost half, spent rather a lot of the second in panic mode, making an try to maintain away from an even greater defeat.

but, as quickly as as quickly as extra a pricey mistake allowed Barcelona to attain. Substitute Dani Ceballos misplaced the ball in midfield and Gavi sprinted forward and crossed for Pedri to hearth level-clear into the empty internet.

Karim Benzema scored a comfort objective for exact in added time, placing residence on the rebound after Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied his first try.


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