Rival Watch: Real Madrid dropped points and Barcelona go top of La Liga for the first time since 2020.
Barcelona has risen to the top of La Liga for the first time this year, which is somewhat late.
They temporarily overtook Real Madrid in the rankings after defeating Mallorca 0-1 away from home in gameweek seven, but they were able to hold onto that position as Los Blancos lost to Osasuna tonight.
At the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid took the lead thanks to a goal from Vinicius Jr. in the first half, but Kike Garcia’s strike in the 50th minute equalized the score.
However, when Karim Benzema was pulled down by David Garcia as a last-man foul, Madrid had the opportunity to easily win the game with all three points. For his actions, the Osasuna center-back was dismissed, and the French striker was awarded a penalty.
In a sense, Sergio Herrera’s defense of himself against Karim Benzema paid off when the Madrid captain hit the crossbar.
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The game’s 1-1 result tied Barcelona and the capital team on points. However, the reason they are behind them in the standings is that Barcelona (+16) and Real Madrid (+11) have greater goal differentials.
Despite being tied for first place with Carlo Ancelotti’s team in terms of points, Barça has dominated virtually all league statistics this year.
They have generated the most major opportunities (30), scored the most goals (18), given up the fewest (1), and kept the most clean sheets (6) along with the individual ones.
There, Ousmane Dembele generates the most opportunities per game, Alejandro Balde and Ansu Fati are tied for first in assists with three each, and Robert Lewandowski leads the scoring charts with nine goals (3).
Next weekend’s league matchups between Barcelona and Celta Vigo pit them against Real Madrid’s trip to Getafe. After that, the first El Clasico of the season will take place between the two teams at the Bernabeu.
This season’s opening match between the two teams in the league might be that one.
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