In El Clasico, Barcelona extended their recovery under Xavi to a new level by smashing rivals and La Liga toppers Real Madrid 4-0.
Real Madrid were in the midst of their greatest Clasico streak in history, having won the previous five encounters across all tournaments and entering the day 15 points ahead of Barcelona in La Liga – so they were confronted by a resurgent and revitalized Barcelona, who pulled them down in every aspect.
Pierre-Emerick In a dominant rendition by the guests, Aubameyang found the net twice and assisted Ferran Torres, while Ronald Araujo also converted. Since joining from Arsenal, Aubameyang has registered nine goals in 11 outings. On Twitter, Aubameyang reminded everyone on how finished he was called by sharing a picture of him hitting the Drogon Ball Z celebration.
Hello from the finished player 🔵🔴
— AUBA⚡️ (@Auba) March 21, 2022
Thibaut Courtois had refuted former Arsenal forward Aubameyang from close proximity when he suddenly appeared with the first goal on 29 minutes, whipping a powerful header inside the net after a good run and assist from Ousmane Dembele.
Without Karim Benzema, who was out with a calf strain, Real Madrid played poorly, but that was no wonder when Araujo enhanced the advantage by thumping home another Dembele feed.
At the halfway, Carlo Ancelotti altered the structure of his unstoppable league toppers, but it had no effect on the game’s outcome, as Barcelona went 3-0 ahead when Torres smashed home a stunning finish after a chipped Aubameyang pass.
On 51 mins, Aubameyang got his second goal, continuing the one-sided flow approaching Courtois’ goal. His goal was first ruled out due to Torres’ offside in the setup, but VAR changed the ruling in Xavi’s favor.
Barcelona had multiple chances to expand the score, but Courtois saved the team from additional embarrassment.
Real Madrid may be nine points ahead on the log and are the favorite for the La Liga trophy, but this was a historic sunday for Barcelona, who sent a powerful warning to the footballing world: “Barcelona is back.”