Vinicius Jr. opened the scoring for Proper Madrid from a counter-attack early in the first half, but Barcelona’s Luuk de Jong equalised at the moment sooner than halftime following a mistake by Proper defender Eder Militao in the Natty Cup semifinal.
Circulate from Natty Cup semifinal match between Proper Madrid and Barcelona. (Photo: Reuters)
Federico Valverde completed off an attractive chase in overtime to present Proper Madrid a 3-2 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona in an exhilarating Spanish Natty Cup semi-closing on Wednesday (January 12). Proper developed to Sunday’s closing towards the winners of Thursday’s conflict between holders Athletic Bilbao and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.
Vinicius Jr. opened the scoring for Proper from a counter-attack early in the first half, but Luuk de Jong equalised at the moment sooner than halftime following a mistake by Proper defender Eder Militao. Karim Benzema put Proper support in entrance 25 minutes into the 2nd half, inserting house on the rebound from internal the distance, but a header by exchange Ansu Fati, who was making his first appearance since November, took the game into overtime.
Proper claimed the winner from one more counter-attack, with Rodrygo firing a low inferior to the perimeter of the distance. Vinicius dummied to shoot, which eliminated the complete Barca defence and left Valverde all by myself to faucet the ball into an empty obtain. Proper Madrid were tremendous favourites getting into the match, but struggling Barcelona gave the LaLiga leaders a posh game.
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The King Fahd Stadium was supposed to be at 50 per cent capacity because of COVID-19 concerns, nonetheless it regarded virtually fleshy of angry fans thrilled to search around the first ‘Clasico’ performed out of doorways of Spain. “We were very efficient in the counter-attack and scored three spectacular targets,” Proper coach Carlo Ancelotti suggested a news conference.
Proper Madrid sat support patiently and tried to space up counter-assaults for Vinicius and Benzema, but they allowed Barca to get too finish to their space. Xavi Hernandez’s unheard of improved crew dominated the 2nd half and extra-time, and Ousmane Dembele was a fixed menace down the left for a Proper defence missing David Alaba who was injured in the warm-up.
(with Reuters inputs)