Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) and Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid) made their debuts. Lewandowski came close twice before halftime, and Rudiger contained Raphinha at left back.
Raphinha, Barcelona’s summer addition from Leeds United, capitalised on a sloppy Real Madrid giveaway in the 27th minute to score the game-winning goal. Raphinha scored twice for his new club in preseason.
Real Madrid were without captain and star attacker Karim Benzema. He’ll debut in the following preseason game. Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, and Mariano Diaz filled in against Barcelona, but they lacked a finisher. Real Madrid had no on-target shots.
Barcelona’s four-game U.S. tour began with a 6-0 win over MLS side Inter Miami. Barcelona will also play Juventus (July 27) and New York Red Bulls (MLS) in Las Vegas (July 31). Barca will open the Spanish La Liga season at home against Rayo Vallecano after playing Pumas UNAM in the Joan Gamper Cup on Aug. 7. (Aug. 13).
Real Madrid’s first official match is Aug. 10 versus Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup. La Liga start is Aug. 14 vs Almeria. Real Madrid will play Club America (July 27) and Juventus (July 31) in its preseason.
Lewandowski’s debut goalless
In his first 45 minutes with Barcelona, the Polish international was energetic and devoted to heavy pressing, but he missed two good chances. Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba blocked his finest shots.
Despite not scoring, he showed hints of being the world-class forward Barcelona missed last season. It was clear he wasn’t scared by the jersey or the occasion of a Clasico, as you’d expect of a player of his calibre.
Real Madrid without Karim Benzema?
The Las Vegas Clasico demonstrated why Real Madrid would struggle without Karim Benzema. Los Merengues were adrift in attack without its focal point and finisher, and they have no one to replace him, manager Carlo Ancelotti said.
Madrid’s inability to get Kylian Mbappe in the summer could haunt them if they don’t address the striker position before the transfer window closes. Ancelotti said the team won’t make any more changes, but Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz won’t help.
Man of the Match: Thibaut Courtois
Raphinha’s game-winning play was otherwise unremarkable. Pedri and Ronaldo Araujo were beasts for Barcelona. Second-half centre back Frenkie de Jong merits praise.
Thibaut Courtois was Real Madrid’s best player, even in defeat. He was the only player from either team to play all 90 minutes and made three vital stops at the end.