Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Barca's Ibra steals show with El Clasico golazo
by Paul Kennedy, November 29th, 2009 3:44PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[DERBY DAY] Sunday's Barcelona-Real Madrid match was the first El Clasico for Real stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, but Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another player making his El Clasico debut, stole the show, coming off the bench to score on a volley and give Barcelona a 1-0 win that propelled the Catalan club back into first place in La Liga.

Ibrahimovic goal:


Ibrahimovic's eighth league goal -- second behind only Valencia star David Villa's 10 -- came in the 56th minute, only minutes after he replaced Thierry Henry.

Brazilian Dani Alves served a ball across the face of the Real goal, and the Swede met the ball and slotted a left-footed volley past Iker Casillas.

"It's a very happy moment because it was my first 'Clasico'," Ibrahimovic said. "It was a fantastic atmosphere, I'm really happy."

Ibrahimovic was playing his first game in three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.

"When you come into a game from the bench it's not easy because the first sprint that you do, you are very tired because your pulse is like 200," the Swede said. "But Dani gave me a good cross, I just tried to hit the ball and it went in."

The game was billed as the first Clasico between Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who like Ibrahimovic were coming off injuries.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi started for Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, and had excellent games. It was Ronald's first start for Real since the end of September. Messi was coming off a thigh injury that kept him out of Barca's midweek Champions League game against Inter Milan.

Messi dictated the pace early, but Ronaldo had the best chance of the first half, side-footing a shot was saved brilliantly by Barca goalie Victor Valdes.

"We at least deserved a draw because, if I am not mistaken, we had a lot of shots on their goal in the first half," said Real coach Manuel Pellegrini. "We had two clear chances with Cristiano and Marcelo as well as some good counterattacks. Barca never dominated the game and I don't go along with the idea that Ibrahimovic changed the game. They didn't dominate with or without him. He scored the goal which was important but I don't think he changed the game."

Both teams finished with 10 men after midfielders Sergi Busquets and Lass Diarra were sent off in separate incidents following Ibrahimovic's goal.

Nov. 29 in Barcelona
Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0. Goal: Ibrahimovic 56.
Barcelona -- Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Busquets, Keita (Toure, 66), Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Henry (Ibrahimovic, 51).
Real Madrid -- Casillas, Ramos, Pepe, Albiol, Arbeloa (Raul, 74), Lassana Diarra, Alonso, Kaka. Ronaldo (Benzema, 66). Marcelo, Higuain.
Red Cards: Barcelona -- Busquets 63; Real Madrid -- L.Diarra 90.
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco.
Att.: 98,000.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Chile longshots begin Copa America prep    
For the USA, the match against Chile Wednesday in Rancagua will the first match of the ...
What They're Saying: Phil Neville    
"I'd be first over there and I'd probably look to two-foot him or take him out ...
Video Pick: Artist and maverick, Riquelme retires    
Juan Riquelme announced the end of his fascinating career on Sunday, at age 36. The Argentine ...
Hope Solo's U.S. future remains up in air    
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati hopes women's national team star Hope Solo makes progress during her ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati     
"Sure. ... We've asked her to do a number of things, and she's going to have ...
MLS Trade Central: Orlando signs Colombian Rivas    
Orlando City signed highly regarded young Colombian Carlos Rivas. The 20-year-old midfielder scored 12 goals in ...
U.S. women to play send-off series in May    
U.S. Soccer will hold a send-off series of three matches against three different opponents over three ...
The Good, the Bad and -- FA Cup shockers     
Europe in a nutshell: Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Neymarin moving pictures; Lyon sizzling hot in ...
Fire revamps with three new DPs    
The Chicago Fire has added Scottish international Shaun Maloney to the growing list of British players ...
Tab Ramos: 'We were behind the eight ball'    
The USA beat El Salvador, 2-0, on Saturday to qualify for the 2015 U-20 World Cup ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives