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Real Madrid booked their ticket to the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia thanks to a 3-2 extra-time win over Barcelona - their fifth straight, and 100th El Clasico triumph.Genuine got off to the perfect start in the 248th meeting between Spain's two most decorated clubs when Vinicius Junior settled a counter and gunned in his 15th goal of the season past Marc-Andre ter Stegen (25 ), but Barca ended a one-sided very first half level when Eder Militao's clearance cannoned in off the unwary Luuk de Jong (42 ).
Karim Benzema looked to have sent Madrid through to the final when the 23rd goal of his outstanding season restored their lead (72 ), but back came Barca for a second time as Ansu Fati's glancing header (83) forced extra-time.

Substitute Federico Valverde restored Madrid's lead for a third time eight minutes into the very first duration of extra-time, and there was no chance back for Barca as their spirited resistance came up short and Real claimed a landmark 100th El Clasico victory over their eternal rivals.

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Barcelona: Ter Stegen (6 ), Alves (6 ), Araujo (6 ), Pique (6 ), Alba (6 ), F. De Jong (5 ), Busquets (7 ), Gavi (7 ), Dembele (7 ), L. de Jong (7 ), Torres (5 ).
Subs: Pedri (7 ), Depay (5 ), Fati (7 ), Nico (6 ), Jutgla (5 ), Abde (6 ).
Real Madrid: Courtois (6 ), Carvajal (6 ), Militao (5 ), Nacho (6 ), Mendy (6 ), Modric (6 ), Casemiro (6 ), Kroos (6 ), Asensio (6 ), Benzema (7 ), Vinicius (8 ).
Subs: Valverde (7 ), Vazquez (5 ), Rodrygo (5 ), Camavinga (5 ).
Man of the Match: Vinicius Junior.

Real gotten rid of spirited Barca in Saudi Clasico


Over 50,000 fans were socially-distanced inside the King Fahd Stadium in the Saudi Arabian capital as the Spanish Super Cup went back on the road once again after the coronavirus pandemic transferred last season's edition back to Spain, and the expectant crowd were dealt with to a classic El Clasico.

After rejecting a host of chances on the counter to break the deadlock, Madrid lastly made an attack count midway through the very first period, and in clinical fashion, as Benzema dispossessed Sergio Busquets on midway and released Vinicius down the left channel, where he raced clear of Ronald Araujo and powered a shot in at the near post.

Barca rallied, producing 2 heading opportunities as Luuk de Jong forced saves from Thibaut Courtois in fast succession, prior to the Dutchman levelled the contest in freakish scenarios when Militao's defensive clearance cannoned off him at point-blank range.

Barca brought that momentum into the second half, developing a raft of additional chances which half-time substitute Pedri and the dynamic Ousmane Dembele were not able to convert, and their profligacy returned to haunt them 18 minutes from time when Benzema, 3 minutes after striking the post, poked home Dani Carvajal's centre.That sought to have actually sealed Madrid's passage to the final however Barca forced extra-time with eight minutes to spare when Fati was left separated by more doubtful defending in the six-yard box and glanced home Jordi Alba's wicked cross.

With the scores locked the game went to extra-time where, having actually resisted two times in routine time, Barca were undone for the third and final time.
With opposition players devoted in attack, Real exploited acres of space on the break. Rodrygo squared a pass inside where white t-shirts where queuing up to convert, and Valverde appropriately required after the ball was allowed to face his course by Vinicius' stepover.

What's next?

Real Madrid will face the winners of Thursday's semi-final between La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and last season's Copa del Rey runners-up Athletic Bilbao in Sunday's Spanish Super Cup final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - kick-off 6.30 pm UK time.