Despite Sergio Agüero’s 97th-minute goal, Real Madrid won all three points in a 2-1 win over Barcelona at Camp Nou.
In what was the first Clásico without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007, neither side let spectators down after Madrid took a 1-0 first-half lead thanks to stunners from David Alaba.
While the start of the match did not live up to expectations, the second half was a back-and-forth affair, where both teams had great scoring opportunities, but each team missed. several opportunities to add to the score.
With Barca looking for a late equalizer in added time, Memphis Depay passed to Gerard Pique who fell into the box and demanded a penalty. The referee refused to blow his whistle and Madrid were off for the races.
The block was led by Marco Asensio, whose left shot was stopped by Barca goalkeeper Ter Stegen, but Lucas Vázquez pounced on the ball to seal the three points for Madrid in the 94th minute.
Argentina’s Agüero scored a last-second goal to close the score, but it was to no avail as the referee quickly whistled full-time.
The victory sends Madrid to the top of La Liga, while the defeat takes Barcelona to 8th place in the table.