Football Okbet News: Barcelona overcame Real Madrid 1-0 in their Las Vegas Clasico on Saturday as Raphinha scored his second goal in as many games. Raphinha scored the only goal of the high-profile match at Allegiant Stadium, the $1.97 billion 65,000-seat home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. Raphinha was acquired from Premier League Leeds United earlier this month for approximately $60 million. Also, he made his debut in a 6-0 thrashing of Inter Miami. A careless ball from Real’s Eder Militao along the top of the area intercepted by the Brazilian, who was in the ideal position.
In the 27th minute, he took one touch to relax before slamming a left-footed effort over Thibaut Courtois and into the top right corner of the goal to give Barcelona the lead. The second Clasico ever held in the United States had all the ferocity of the long-running rivalry. It was the fourth Clasico to play outside of Spain.
Football News: Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid, playing in their first preseason friendly, came close to scoring in the 18th minute. But Federico Valverde’s volley from 25 yards out had stopped by the post. Valverde had seized the ball following Jordi Alba’s sloppy clearing, but his effort beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Eduardo Camavinga turned the ball over to Pedri in front of Real’s goal two minutes later. Also, giving Barcelona a chance that they let slip. Pedri assisted Fati, who forced Thibaut Courtois of Real to leave his position and fired just wide of the far post.
Overall, Barcelona controlled the tempo in the first half against the current Champions League and La Liga champion. Also, buoyed by the introduction of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski after his transfer from Bayern Munich. After Jordi Alba tackled Militao in a sliding move that resulted in a yellow card. The first half came to a contentious conclusion. Players had to intervene to keep Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo and newcomer Antonio Rudiger apart after some pushing and shoving got out of hand.
Lewandowski’s night ended without a goal when, as part of a flurry of substitutions at the interval. He has replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Just two minutes into the second half, Aubameyang had an opportunity to score with a header. From the middle of the box following a cross by Raphinha. But he missed it to the left. In the 59th minute, a battle between defender Lucas Vazquez and substitute Marco Asensio provided Real Madrid with a great opportunity. Still, Asensio missed his shot after Vazquez passed the ball back to him in front of the goal. Karim Benzema, a French star who was allowed an extended sabbatical by the team and sat out the game. Despite teaming up with his teammates in Los Angeles just days earlier. It was missed by Carlo Ancelotti’s team as they pushed valiantly for an equalizer in the last minutes.
At San Francisco’s Oracle Park baseball stadium, Real Madrid will play Mexico’s Cub America on Tuesday. While Barcelona will play Italian powerhouse Juventus in Dallas. On July 30, Barcelona will play the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, and Real Madrid will play Juventus. For more latest sports new always visit okbet.
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