Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the first El Clasico in La Liga on Sunday, after the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
David Alaba with a piece of magic in the first half and Lucas Vazquez with a goal at the end of the second half secured Carlo Ancelotti’s first triumph against Barcelona at the Camp Nou as coach.
Sergio Aguero scored his first goal in the Barcelona shirt, which, however, served only as a consolation to his team.
This was the first El Clasico without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in the last 12 years. The former left in 2018, while the latter left this summer.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team came from two games without a win in the league, aware that they needed the victory not to lose first place in the standings.
Alaba scored a superb goal in his first El Clasico when he defeated Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a powerful shot from distance after a deadly counterattack by the visitors.
It was a pretty equal match, but Madrid had better scoring opportunities and could easily have come out of the Camp Nou with more than one goal.
Ronald Koeman’s team – who will feel even more pressure now after the second loss in the league – did not have a clear scoring opportunity until the last moments of the match.
Memphis Depay had the opportunity to score when he found himself alone in the area but instead of hitting he decided to return the ball and Madrid came out on the counterattack from which Vazquez scored to seal the victory of his team.
Aguero, who made his debut as a substitute in El Clasico, scored the first goal in the Barca shirt but it was too late to help the Catalans avoid defeat.
Real Madrid will keep the leader of La Liga with 20 points from after nine games, leaving Barcelona far down in eighth place with only 15 points.