Barcelona ended a five-game losing streak against Real Madrid in sensational style as they sealed an emphatic 4-0 Clasico victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Xavi’s men were dominant from the outset and went in at the break two goals up following headers from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ronald Araujo.
They picked up where they left off at the start of the second period, with Ferran Torres and Aubameyang completing the scoring before the hour mark.
The Blaugrana are still 12 points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s league leaders.
In the early stages, Federico Valverde drew a smart stop from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
While at the other end, Thibaut Courtois denied Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele quickly succession.
Torres then whipped narrowly wide from outside the penalty area before Barca’s dominance bore fruit in the 29th minute when Aubameyang headed in Dembele’s right-wing cross from inside the six-yard box.
Courtois denied Aubameyang a second soon after, yet Madrid found themselves 2-0 after 38 minutes.
Torres made amends for a glaring miss 20 seconds into the second half, with Barca‘s third in the 47th minute, the Spain international slamming into the net after being superbly picked out by Aubameyang’s back-heeled pass.
Aubameyang made it 4-0 in the 51st minute with a sumptuous finish over Courtois after being played in by Torres, the goal given by VAR after initially being ruled out for offside.
Torres, Aubameyang and Dembele had excellent chances to further compound Madrid’s misery. Yet, it mattered little as Barca extended their unbeaten away run in LaLiga to 11 games in a memorable fashion.
What does it mean? Barca stun Ancelotti’s insipid charges.
Only Sevilla have conceded fewer goals than Madrid in LaLiga this season.
Yet Los Blancos’ backline had no answer to Barca’s breathtaking attacking display.
The result meant Xavi became only the second Barca coach to remain unbeaten after his first ten away games.
If Barcelona continues to play like this on the road, Xavi will have no issues powering past that record.
Aubameyang’s hot streak continues.
Aubameyang has wasted little time making an impact since he arrived from Arsenal last month.
The Gabon international has now scored in his previous five meetings with Madrid (seven goals).
This makes him the first player to score in five successive games against Los Blancos in the 21st century.
Madrid’s dismal defence
Eder Militao and David Alaba endured a torrid time against Barca’s supreme forward line.
The visitors broke through the duo’s wafer-thin resistance with alarming ease.
They could easily have won by an even more significant margin, with wasteful finishing and Courtois’ goalkeeping stopping the scoring at four.
Madrid is next in action on April 2 when they visit Celta Vigo in LaLiga.
Meanwhile, Barca travels to Sevilla in the Spanish top-flight a day later.
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