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David Alaba, Lucas Vazquez Goals Lift Real Madrid to El Clasico Win over Barcelona

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVOctober 24, 2021

AP Photo/Joan Monfort

Real Madrid continued its recent dominance in El Clasico with a 2-1 win over Barcelona Sunday at the Camp Nou.

The win is Real Madrid's fourth straight against its rival in La Liga matches.

David Alaba scored the opening goal for Los Blancos, while Lucas Vazquez eventually sealed the win with a second goal in extra time.

Sergio Aguero scored a consolation for Barcelona, but it was too late to prevent Real Madrid from earning a key three points in the hunt for a league title. 

It was the first El Clasico without Lionel Messi since 2007, and Barcelona went home empty-handed.

The match began slowly with a conservative approach from both sides, but Real Madrid struck first with a brilliant counterattack and finish by Alaba:

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Alaba's first Real Madrid goal comes in El Clasico 🚀<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElCl%C3%A1sicoESPN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ElClásicoESPN</a>+ <a href="https://t.co/dy350kLZng">pic.twitter.com/dy350kLZng</a>

Rodrygo earned the assist on a great find to the open center back, who rocketed past the keeper in the top corner.

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This was the only goal of the first half, but Barcelona had chances.

Sergino Dest had the best look for the Blaugrana in the opening 45 minutes with a open shot that he sailed over the crossbar:

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Dest misses a sitter! <a href="https://t.co/M2LBXQ2UIP">pic.twitter.com/M2LBXQ2UIP</a>

Stu Holden @stuholden

Oh no, Dest had chance of a lifetime there

Martino @MartinoPuccio

Dest just had the miss of the season.... Guy scores a weak foot rocket in WCQ and can't finish a tap in

Barcelona had six shots in the first half but were unable to find the net. Gerard Pique also had a chance with a header:

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PIQUE ALMOST HAD THE EQUALIZER 🤯<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElCl%C3%A1sicoESPN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ElClásicoESPN</a>+ <a href="https://t.co/TTU3zEPQ4s">pic.twitter.com/TTU3zEPQ4s</a>

Barcelona stayed aggressive in the second half but had few real chances because of a lack of creativity in the final third. The hosts finished with just two shots on target in the match. 

The addition of Aguero in the 74th minute gave the attack more life, although it wasn't enough to even the match.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, played solid defense before using their speed on counters. Vinicius Junior kept pressure on throughout the second half down the left side.

Vazquez eventually put the game out of reach in the 94th on another counterattack after a great run from Marco Asensio. 

Felipe Cárdenas @FelipeCar

Great performance at right fullback from Lucas Vazquez. Incredible stamina. Earns some well-deserved glory.

Efo Dela @Amegaxi

I'm so happy for Lucas Vazquez. He's put in such a lot of work today and the goal is a good reward <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HalaMadrid?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HalaMadrid</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElClasico?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ElClasico</a>

Dest slightly made up for his earlier miss with an assist to Aguero in the 97th minute, but it was too little, too late.

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Aguero's first Barcelona goal comes in El Clasico 👏 <a href="https://t.co/ukIl22s434">pic.twitter.com/ukIl22s434</a>

Both clubs will return to action for midweek La Liga battles on Wednesday. Barcelona will face Rayo Vallecano while Real Madrid hosts Osasuna.  

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