In a historic El Clasico clash, Barcelona scripted an extraordinary triumph, overwhelming Real Madrid with a resounding 5-0 victory. Despite the absence of Alexia Putellas due to a recurring knee injury, recent Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmati took center stage in the midfield, showcasing her brilliance.
Aitana Bonmati’s Early Strike Sets the Tone
The world’s best player, Aitana Bonmati, wasted no time making an impact. In the 17th minute, she opened the scoring with a sublime sweeping finish, providing Barcelona with an early lead. The Catalan giants displayed early dominance, setting the tone for a memorable encounter.
Barcelona had ample opportunities to double their advantage. Bonmati’s powerful effort struck the post, leaving fans on the edge. Caroline Graham Hansen’s follow-up shot, although agonizingly close, veered wide, leaving the scoreline at 1-0. The Blaugrana showcased their attacking prowess but fell short of converting chances.
Caroline Graham Hansen, persistent in her pursuit of a goal, finally found the back of the net on the 43rd minute. Displaying skill and determination, she capitalized on Sara Paralluelo’s commendable work, lashing in a close-range shot. This goal further solidified Barcelona’s command in the first half.
As the first half approached its conclusion, Mariona Caldentey extended Barcelona’s lead. Positioned at the back post, she executed a clinical finish, curling the ball into the far corner. The hosts were in control, and the 3-0 lead reflected their dominance.
Barcelona’s Second-Half Dominance
The second half witnessed a continuation of Barcelona’s supremacy. The home side maintained relentless pressure, with Sara Paralluelo coming close to scoring the fourth goal. Despite missing that chance, Barcelona remained in complete control. In injury time, Barcelona showcased a late flourish, further demoralizing Real Madrid. Claudia Pina tapped in from six yards, highlighting Barcelona’s relentless attacking spirit. In the dying seconds, Vicky netted the fifth goal, securing a comprehensive 5-0 win.
Claudia Pina’s goal in injury time not only contributed to Barcelona’s emphatic victory but also etched her name in the club’s history. At just 17, she became Barcelona’s youngest-ever scorer in El Clásico, adding another layer of significance to an already monumental triumph.
With this 5-0 triumph, Barcelona achieved more than just a win. They secured their biggest-ever victory over Real Madrid in El Clásico. The historic nature of the win underscores Barcelona’s dominance and prowess in women’s football.