When is the next Real Madrid - Barcelona 'Clásico' game?
Last time out in LaLiga, Los Blancos took the bragging rights against their eternal blaugrana rivals, winning 1-2 at Camp Nou in October 2021.
So much has happened in the world of football and beyond that many people may have forgotten what scoreline made the headlines last October in the biggest club rivalry going. As it turned out, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in what was the first Clasico of the season and we now get to look forward to the second league clash, set for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET, 12 noon PT) on 20 March 2022.
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There were 86,422 fans at the Camp Nou, the vast majority with their head in their hands, as a sensational strike from defender David Alaba and a late goal from Lucas Vázquez gave Carlo Ancelotti's side all three points.
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Barcelona had controlled possession in the first half but Real were lethal on the counter-attack, taking the lead when Alaba started a flowing move with a tackle and finished it at the other end with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box.
Then-Barça manager Ronald Koeman brought on Philippe Coutinho - now at Premier League club Aston Villa - at half-time while strikers Sergio Agüero (now retired) and Luuk de Jong were also thrown on in the second half as they searched for an equaliser.
With seven minutes of injury time added on, Real doubled their lead when Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a shot from Marco Asensio from another counter-attack but Vazquez was quicker than Gerard Pique to pounce on the rebound to score.
The home side got a goal back in the 97th minute when Sergino Dest crossed to the Aguero in the six-yard box and the Argentine tapped in for his first goal in a Barcelona shirt. But it proved to be a consolation goal as Los Blancos moved provisionally top of LaLiga with 20 points, while Barcelona sat five points behind in eighth place. As things stand, Madrid remain top, favourites for the title, while new boss Xavi Hernández battles it out for a Champions League place.
Barcelona have since lost again to their capital rivals in the Spanish Super Cup and then had to watch as Ancelotti's men went on to lift the trophy.
Clásico revenge awaits for Barcelona
The second LaLiga meeting between the two giants of the Spanish game is now all set for 20 March at the Santiago Bernabéu. As always, you can be guaranteed that we'll be there, bringing you all the action as it happens.
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