Barcelona vs. Real Madrid El Clásico US 2023 – Score, Highlights, Best Moments, Results, and Recap

July 29, 2023 – Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Real Madrid at AT&T Stadium on Saturday was the most-attended El Clásico in the United States, with 82,026 fans in attendance. The crowd was also the largest for a club football match in the Cowboys’ home history. AT&T Stadium is in the running to host the 2026 World Cup Final, and the large crowd on Saturday may have given FIFA pause.

Barcelona gradually pulled ahead of Real Madrid in a game that appeared to be on the verge of devolving into a good old-fashioned brawl at times. It wasn’t a clear cut thing, though, and it took all 90 minutes to figure out. The game began civilly, with both teams demonstrating to the American audience why they are among the best in the world, with brilliant runs and outstanding control. A little tika-tike and a few long-ball counter-attacks rounded out a spectacular display of Laliga talent.

Ousmane Dembele struck a beautiful ball across the face of global in the 15th minute, giving Thibaut Courtois no chance to save the goal and opening the scoring. However, Madrid had chance, most notably when they were awarded a penalty 3 minutes later after a cross struck Araujo in the hand. However, Vincius Jr. hit the ball too high and it caromed off the crossbar. This was not their only opportunity, as they had 25 total shots on goal in the game, only 5 shots on goal and no goals is a shocking statistic for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid appeared to be extremely unlucky at times. Shot after shot bounced off the post, the crossbar, and even keeper’s back, but nothing went it. On the other hand, the story was quite the opposite in Barcelona. While they had a few unlucky shots of their own, they shot only 12 times, 7 of which were on target, and managed to put half of them in the net. Not that everything went their way. It took until the 85th minute for them to score their 2nd goal, on a beautiful shot from just outside the area by Fermn Lopez. 

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Similarly, the 3rd goal came just five minutes later, when Ferran Torres tip caught Courtois off guard and the follow-up tap-in ended the game. Both teams will play one more game in the United States before returning to Spain to prepare for the long season ahead. On the other hand, Barcelona will have a little extra pep in their step as they won the first El Clásico for the season 3-0.

According to ESPN, Barcelona will play with AC Milan in Las Vegas on Tuesday, while Real Madrid will play with Juventus in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday. Both Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez and Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti fielded strong teams, with summer signings Ilkay Gündogan and Oriol Romeu starting for Barca and newcomer Jude Bellingham starting for Madrid. In addition, Madrid and Barcelona have played an exhibition Clásico in the United States three times, with the Catalans winning all three.

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