Fans were amazed when they witnessed probably the most entertaining rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid FC on 30th July 2017 at 5:30 IST. This pre-season el classico was not just a normal pre-season friendly, because every time there is a match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, its much more than just a game. Just like India vs Pakistan in cricket, this el classico is always entertaining. This was held in Hard Rock stadium in USA for the international champions cup.
But every time there is a classico, fans always expect more from it. And considering the fact, all the best players in the world like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale are part of it makes it more interesting. And yes, this is more than just a game. A regular el classico gets a T.V. audience of around 400 million.
The match started at 5:30 AM in India and Barcelona fans were thrilled when Lionel Messi scored withing 3 minutes of the kick off and Rakitic with the second goal making it 0-2 withing 6 minutes for Barcelona. Barcelona looked comfortable till the time Mateo Kovacic scored in 14th minute and later Marco Asensio equalising before half time at 36th minute which was witnessed by 66,014 fans who enjoyed the first half with the 4 goals and the hype in it.
The second half started with both the teams scoring 2 goals. The third goal for Barcelona came from the centre back Gerrard Pique from the beautiful freekick by the forward Neymar after he was fouled. The match continued to be interesting with both sides creating chances but none of them taken well. The match ended with a 3-2 win for FC Barcelona.
Barcelona’s team poses with the trophy after winning the el classico at Hard Rock Stadium field. This was the first time the two Spanish soccer teams faced each other in USA.