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Soccer: Real Madrid beats Barcelona in El Clasico

Soccer: Real Madrid beats Barcelona in El Clasico
Real Madrid defender David Alaba scored the first goal in a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Sunday in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Enric Fontcuberta/EPA-EFE

Oct. 24 (UPI) -- David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez each scored to lead Real Madrid to a 2-1 win over rival Barcelona in the first edition of El Clasico of the 2021-22 season Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.

Argentine forward Sergio Aguero scored for Barcelona in his first appearance in the longstanding rivalry match between the La Liga powers.

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Alaba drew first blood in the 32nd minute. Fellow forward Rodrygo spotted Alaba above the left side of the box in transition. He fired a pass to Rodrygo, who stopped the ball and ripped a left-footed shot into the far-post netting.

Real Madrid held the narrow lead through halftime. Vazquez provided some insurance with another score in the third minute of stoppage time.

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Striker Marco Asensio started that play with a long run in transition. He fired a shot, which was saved by Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The deflected ball bounced back into the box, where Vazquez slid in for a follow-up shot.

Aguero cut the Madrid lead in half about three minutes later, but Barcelona didn't have enough time for a comeback.

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Forward Sergino Dest dribbled on the right side of the Madrid box to set up the last score. He fired a pass toward the near post.

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Aguero then used a first-touch shot to beat Madrid goalie Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid jumped to first place in La Liga with the victory. Barcelona is in ninth. Real Madrid hosts Osasuna at 3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday in Madrid.

Barcelona faces Rayo Vallecano at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday in Madrid.

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