Soccer fans in Florida and the 1.7 million viewers at home were in for a real treat after witnessing one of soccer’s most historic rivals compete for the International Championship Cup.
This was the first El Clasico held in the United States and it was supposed to be a friendly rivalry matchup for the preseason.
However, when Real Madrid and Barcelona met for the first time in Miami, the arch rivals put fans at the sold out Hard-Rock Stadium in a frenzy with a remarkable matchup.
Barcelona came out hot within the first few minutes of the match. After a deflation, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who had a phenomenal 64-minute performance, drew first blood in the second minute giving Barcelona a 1-0 lead. Barcelona hasn’t finished because shortly after, Ivan Rakitic powers in another goal giving Barcelona a 2-0 start within only six minutes into the game.
Both goalkeepers managed to put a cap on the scoring, guarding its territory and not letting the opponent score, as the game continued in a thrilling back and forth manner. However, Real Madrid refusing to be easily defeated managed to score in the 13th minute when Mateo Kovacic scores a beautiful goal giving Real its first point of the game. Feeling the momentum, 21-year-old Marco Asension scores a counter attacking goal, bringing the score to a tie 2-2 at the half.
Half time did not alter or slow down the pace of the rapid match. With the score tied it was anyone’s game to win. But with four minutes into the second half, it was Barcelona who snatched the victory. After Neymar’s free kick in the box that set up Gerard Pique for the score that sealed the deal for Barca to defeat Real Madrid 3-2.
Barcelona has the bragging rights over Real Madrid, but that is only until August 13th when the two meet again. Real Madrid will have a chance to right its wrong when the two meet for the Spanish Super Cup.
Barcelona will head back home to wrap up its preseason against Chapecoense at Camp Nou on August 7.