Real Madrid vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

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Luis Suarez rubbed salt into the Real Madrid wounds as he pulled off a cheeky "panenka" penalty for his second goal of the night and Barcelona's third as they romped to victory at the Bernabeu.

A dominant yet wasteful Real ravaged their rivals in the first half while spurning a string of clear chances at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barca had more than their fair share of possession but often looked to attack when in transition, with Dembele and Suarez both menacing on the counter in particular.

STAR MAN - While Real's attacking trio failed to conjure up anything particularly magical, Vinicius' pace startled Barca's back four frequently and the Brazilian looked the hosts' most risky outlet throughout the 90 minutes. Suarez stepped up and calmly chipped the spot-kick beyond a helpless Keylor Navas.

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La Liga leaders Barca will visit Real again in the league on Saturday.

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Barca coach Ernesto Valverde attempted to neutralise the threat of Vinicius by deploying right-sided defenders Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo to protect the left flank but the Brazilian was still the most unsafe player in the first half. After setting Benzema free down the flank and getting into scoring position for the return pass, he could only muster a weak effort directly at Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The victor moves on, and a 0-0 draw would see Real Madrid go through on away goals.

Real's young winger Vinicius Junior was the story of the first half, except for all the wrong reasons given his profligacy in front of goal.

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