PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG caught fire as Barcelona destroyed Real Madrid at the Bernabeu
The former Arsenal star, eliminated by Mikel Arteta, scored twice as Barça ran wild at the home of their fierce rivals.
Both teams entered the match in top form.
Real Madrid have won five consecutive matches in all competitions, including knocking out PSG in the Champions League.
While the visitors are unbeaten in 12 games, and on a run that has seen them leap to 4th place in LaLiga.
New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has played an important role – scoring five goals in six league games. And he’ll do seven out of seven with a blistering screen.
But it was Real Madrid who made the first attempt of the night – when Federico Valverde called in Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who made a brilliant save to beat the Uruguayan’s effort after the challenge. Vinicius Jr’s smart desk.
Fortunately, Aubameyang did not have to blush after a malicious tackle on Toni Kroos’ shin left the German writhing in pain.
Video replays show his tackle quite late and dangerous, which could leave the Gabon forward facing an early shower.
Then it was Thibaut Courtois’ turn to play the hero – making two crucial saves – first from Aubameyang after he was fed by Ferran Torres, the second from Ousmane Dembele who tried his luck.
It was thought that Torres had broken the deadlock in the 18th minute when he had a dangerous long shot – beating Courtois in the left post.
Ironically, it was Aubameyang who broke the deadlock with a header from nearly 6m in the 29th minute.
France striker Dembele peeled off Nacho before delivering a cross that sent the former Gunners glance home. Something he wouldn’t have had if he hadn’t played.
Real Madrid’s defense looked shaky every time the Catalans attacked, and Aubameyang was forced to make another save from busy Courtois.
Barcelona added to their tally in the 38th minute through Ronald Araujo, who edged past David Alaba to head in Dembele’s corner.
Real’s fan-favorite stars could have been expecting a rocket from coach Carlo Ancelotti at half-time. But whatever is said doesn’t seem to have any effect.
Torres missed an absolute keeper within a minute of the second half’s kick-off – shooting long after he had been conceded by Aubameyang.
However, a minute later, Torres made up for it with a third goal for Barça.
A poor pass from Alaba was blocked by Frenkie de Jong, who played against Aubameyang. His shot found the Man City ex and he made no mistake as he shot past Courtois.
And they’re not made there either.
Smelling blood, Barcelona will take fourth place. A long pass from Gerard Pique finds Torres. The 22-year-old passed the ball to Aubameyang to cushion the ball beautifully before Courtois rushed in.
It was initially flagged for offside, however, a VAR assessment showed Alaba kept Torres and the goal stood.
Barcelona continued to run Real miserably, with Courtois once again keeping Torres out and Dembele causing a host of problems in the Eder Militao box.
Memphis Depay, who came on for Aubameyang, who received a standing ovation from the Nou Camp audience, then forced goalkeeper Cour Tot to make a save in the 77th minute.
But four is enough for Barcelona, enough to earn bragging rights on Monday morning, and claim the upper hand in El Classico at the moment.
Los Blancos may be nine points ahead of the leaders, but Barcelona is a club that has grown tremendously under Xavi.
Karim Benzema and Co will wonder what happened to them.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4939260/real-madrid-barcelona-match-report-aubameyang/ Aubameyang scores twice on El Clasico debut as Xavi’s men stun the La Liga leaders in the match