Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Raphinha Decides First Clasico of the Season as Courtois Shines | Watch Highlights
Raphinha took centre stathe as he gave FC Barcelona had the slight edge in Las Vegas against Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season.
It was a pre-season game but the importance of the match was not lost, especially for two specific players. Robert Lewandowski was bound to make his debut against Real Madrid, he didn’t disappoint.
However, the most important player of this first half was Raphinha, who scored an incredible long range goal that plunged into the top corner.
Real Madrid was clearly unable to keep up the pace at the start but they still had a few good chances that weren’t enough to score.
Near the end of the first half, we had an important possible brawl that wasn’t extremely grave for either side.
Despite the final result, Belgian goalie Thibaut Courtois was arguably the most important player on the pitch.
He made a total of four saves during the last ten minutes of the match. Before that, Kessie got in front of him but wasn’t able to release a potent shot. Ousmane Dembele had two consecutive chances that Courtois was able to deflect in spectacular fashion.
But the most impressive save came after a potent shot from Serginño Dest. If it hadn’t been for his performance, Real Madrid would’ve been demolished by Barcelona during the final minutes of the game.
Watch highlights below.