Cristiano Ronaldo’s chapter with Real Madrid is now over. After spending nine consecutive seasons in the Los Blancos jersey, the Portuguese superstar has now moved to Saudi Arabia via Italy-England. Vinicius Junior brought back the memories of Ronaldo against Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. Vinicius did what even the Portuguese superstar couldn’t do in nine seasons against the Catalans.
This year’s final of the Spanish Super Cup was held at Al Awal Park in Saudi Arabia. It is also the home ground of Ronaldo’s current club Al Nasr. Vinicius celebrated the Portuguese legend’s famous ‘sue’ after scoring the first goal in the final against Barcelona. The Brazilian star did not stop with just one goal. He scored a great hat-trick in the first half. Another Brazilian star boy Rodrigo’s goal in the second half finally defeated Barca 4-1 to win the 13th title of the Spanish Super Cup.
Vinicius became only the fourth player in the 21st century to score a hat-trick in El Clasico. Only Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema managed to score three goals in a match before Barca-Real.
Yesterday, Vinicius’ hat-trick was a great revenge for the Madrid club in a big victory of 4-1. Real Madrid lost 3-1 to Barca in last season’s Spanish Super Cup final. Carlo Ancelotti’s disciples did not make any mistakes this time. On the other hand, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez has apologized to the fans after missing out on the title.
However, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez’s words of confidence about this match were heard a few days ago. He said that he wants to win by dominating against Real. But the opposite picture was seen in Awal Park. Barca did not care about the Madrid club. Especially in the first half of the match, the fate of the match is determined. The creator of which is Brazilian star Vinicius.
Barcelona played so badly that coach Xavi had to apologize after the match. “We didn’t want to play such a game in the final,” Barca coach said as the reason for the loss. Our defense was terrible in high pressing.’
Xavi’s team could not handle the shock of falling behind by two goals in just 10 minutes of the match. Shavi also considered that as a part of the loss, ‘You can never start the final with a 2-0 gap. Then Robert Lewandowski got us back a bit. Then that penalty set us back again. In my opinion it was not a penalty.’
Trailing 3-1 in the first half, Barca had a chance to turn around in the second half. But even there, Lewandowski-Gundwans disappointed. Another goal has been digested. Ronald Araujo left the field despite seeing the red card. In this context, Shavi said, ‘The second half was also disappointing. We could not handle their speed. We didn’t even foul. They played the way the first two goals were scored.
Xavi had already realized that something like this could happen in the match. So he took extra preparations to prevent Real’s attack in practice. But it didn’t work on the field, ‘we knew (it could happen), so we worked for it in practice. But it didn’t work in the match.’
After that, Xavi apologized to Barca fans, ‘I am very disappointed not only as a coach, but also as a supporter of Barca. I have nothing more to say. Apologies to fans. We will be back again.’
From the start of the match at Awal Park on Sunday, the two teams came down to attack. Barca had the opportunity to advance first. But Andriy Lulin’s brilliant save saved Real. Ancelotti’s disciples did not make a mistake after getting the opportunity. In the 7th minute of the match, Jude Bellingham took advantage of Barca’s high line defense and sent the ball to Vinicius. Vinicius beat Barca goalkeeper Inaki Peña and put Real ahead with a great goal.
After three minutes, Vinicius made Real happy again. This time the source of the goal is the native Rodrigo. Rodrigo entered the box after controlling the extended long pass of the Spanish right back Dani Carvajal. He then doubled the gap with a great slide when he extended it to Vinicius.
Shavi’s disciples were disoriented after scoring two goals in just 10 minutes. Robert Lewandowski reduced the gap with a great volley in the 33rd minute of the match. But Real got a penalty in 39 minutes. Vinicius made the scoreline 3-1 from the spot kick.
Barca could not turn around in the second half. Rodrigo hammered the last nail in Barca’s coffin in the 64th minute of the match. Far from reducing the margin of defeat, Ronald Araujo put Barca in even more danger after seeing the reverse red card in the 71st minute of the match. Real finally left the field with a 4-1 victory.