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Barcelona forward Ansu Fati flops in El Clasico

FC Barcelona fans came in droves to support their team at the Camp Nou last night, as they hosted the first El Clasico of the season against bitter rivals Real Madrid. Unfortunately for the Culers, not only did they witness their team lose 1-2, their teenage sensation also failed to deliver on the expectations.

Leading up to the match, the Blaugrana had been confident that the return of Ansu Fati from a lengthy injury and home advantage could help them edge out their opponents. However, Real Madrid came ready for them, and Lucas Vazquez was able to completely neutralise Ansu’s attack. Not only that, Lucas was also able to run circles around Barca defender Eric Garcia.

With Ansu proving to be a flop, his counterpart in Real Madrid, fellow youngster Vinicius Junior did the opposite. While the Brazilian wasn’t able to find the back of the net on Sunday, he threatened the Barcelona area several times, keeping the defenders busy.

He missed out on an early opportunity because of an awkward bounce that he could not latch on to, but Barcelona’s defence had to stretch their legs to keep up with his speed and dribbling creativity throughout the match. In effect, this freed up several other Real Madrid players whenever they approached Barcelona’s goal. Oscar Mingueza looked like a headless chicken against Vini, and Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was forced to sub him off at the half in order to lessen Madrid’s dominance.

Because Barcelona were struggling so much in defence, Real Madrid newcomer David Alaba was given the opportunity to score his debut El Clasico goal. The Austria international said last year that it was his childhood dream to wear the white shirt, and now he can proudly count himself as a goalscorer in the all-important El Clasico.