Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid (November 19, 2023) Match analysis
Barcelona dominated Real Madrid from start to finish in Sunday’s match Classic They recorded an impressive 5-0 win in front of a crowd of 38,707 at the Olympic Stadium.
Aitana Bonmatti, Caroline Graham-Hansen and Mariona Caldente scored in the first half, while Claudia Pena and Vicky Lopez scored late goals as Barcelona maintained their perfect start to the season to move six points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish League.
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Real Madrid has closed the gap with Barcelona in recent years, and finished last season 10 points behind them in second place, but the Spanish and European champions confirmed their superiority here.
“I’m really happy with the result, it’s not easy to win 5-0 like we did,” Bonmatti said after the match.
“The goal is always to go on and keep winning, especially against Real Madrid, the eternal rival. They came out strong and it looked as if it was going to be a close game.
He added, “From the first goal, we controlled the match and did not stop.”
Both teams were missing key players through injury – Real Madrid were without Caroline Weir while Barcelona missed Alexia Putellas and Irene Paredes – but there was still plenty of quality on the pitch.
Colombia’s Linda Caicedo caused the visitors problems early on, but once Ballon d’Or winner Bonmatti opened the scoring in the 17th minute after good work from Graham Hansen and Lucy Bronze, Barcelona got going quickly.
Bonmatti, Graham Hansen and Selma Baralolo were all denied shots from the woodwork at various points, with Graham Hansen and Baralolo also guilty of wasting further chances to double Barcelona’s lead.
The second goal finally arrived before half-time when Graham Hansen, who had turned left-back Olga Carmona inside-out throughout the match, scored from close range.
Caldente, who received a standing ovation when she came off in the second half, added the third goal in first-half stoppage time, finishing the match skillfully after Patry Guijarro helped the ball back into the penalty area.
Real Madrid made three changes in the second half to try and stem Barcelona’s flow of chances, and apart from a brilliant save from Mesa Rodriguez’s shot from Baraluelo, it largely worked until the final few minutes of the game.
Substitute Pena scored the fourth goal in the 91st minute after a brilliant run from Bonmatti, while 17-year-old Lopez also came off the bench, completing the rout two minutes later.
Real Madrid defender Ivana Andres spoke about not reacting hastily after the disappointing loss to her rivals.
“In the heat of the moment, it is better to wait a day to analyze the defeat,” Andres said.
“We want to keep improving. We have to learn from this. We are sad, of course.
“There are things to improve and we have to continue to work hard and correct our mistakes, but we leave with our heads held high. Football continues.”