29th October, 2018
It was a “very bad day at the office” yesterday for Real Madrid as they were humiliated at the Camp Nou when Barcelona thrashed them by a whopping 5-1 with a Luis Suarez hat-trick firmly attached to the insult.
On the other hand, it was beautiful day to remember for all the fans of F.C.Barcelona worldwide as they celebrated one of the most famous Barca wins over their perennial rivals, Real Madrid.
Before the match, a lot of people were apprehensive of how good it will be without the participation of its erstwhile gladiators, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, just like Luis Suarez said before the match, it proved to be as explosive as ever. And he contributed immensely to making it a match to remember as he scored three beautiful goals in the course of the game.
The first goal for Barcelona was very special in a way typical of the club’s style of football. It crowned off a 30-pass sequence which ended with Coutinho scoring his first ever goal against Real Madrid and his second straight La Liga match with a tally.
Even though the game started with Real Madrid getting the first possession and attack but it was Barcelona who would open the match as the better team, quickly establishing their dominance of the ball.
Real Madrid were pinned deep and allowed Barcelona to control the ball, but defensively they allowed very little.
However, as Real attacked and opened up in the 11th minute, Barcelona launched a quick counter with Jordi Alba sprinting down the left flank and eventually finding Coutinho with a cross which the Brazilian coolly finished off to put the home team one goal up.
This was then followed by the “Luis Suarez Show Time.” The Uruguayan was brought down in the penalty box by Raphaël Varane.
However, referee José María Sánchez Martínez didn’t point to the spot, but as play stopped moments later, with assistance from VAR and a quick sidelines review, the penalty was awarded.
Suarez took it himself and even though Courtios guessed right, the Uruguayan’s shot was too good to be saved.
Real Madrid were able to reduce the tally in the second half as Vazquez found Isco who sent a very dangerous ball into the middle where after a bounce it found Marcelo.
With the defense scrambling, Marcelo powered the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to bring Real some hope of redeeming the match.
Encouraged by that goal, the visitors kept up the pressure on the Barca defence and Luka Modrić came within inches of tying the game at two in the 56th minute as his 20-yard shot hit the post and ricochet back across the goalmouth out of danger.
This act was replicated by Barcelona in the 61st minute when Sergi Roberto headed the ball right into the path of Suarez who acrobatically fired on goal only to be denied by the left post.
At this stage, Valverde decided to bring in Nelson Semedo in place of Rafinha, resulting in Roberto moving further up the pitch. Ousmane Dembele was also brought in to replace Coutinho.
The Frenchman was quickly involved as he featured prominently in a counter attack that ended with Barcelona increasing their lead in the 75th minute.
Roberto seemed to miss the opportunity to find Suarez in the middle, but he nevertheless managed to do so and the Uruguayan brilliantly found the back of the net with a bullet of a header for his second goal of the evening.
Luis was on song again some minutes later as Roberto would once again send him into the danger area. One-on-one with the goalkeeper Suarez made no mistake, chipping the ball over Courtois for the commanding three goal lead.
After that goal, Vidal came into the game in place of Arthur.
A few minutes thereafter, Dembele was sent down the left wing by Rakitić. The Frenchman effortlessly skipped past Nacho before sending a perfect cross in front where Vidal rose the highest to score his first Barcelona goal and the fifth goal for the hosts.
Barca could have scored even more Just two minutes later. Roberto yet again found Suarez inside the area. With the ball just a bit behind the Uruguayan, Suarez had to attempt an acrobatic shot and he did so brilliantly only to be denied by Courtois.
This game will surely go into the history books as one of those matches Barcelona fans will love to remember.