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Barcelona beat Real Madrid 1-0 in Las Vegas Clasico

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Rafinha scored two goals in two matches as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 1-0 in their Las Vegas Clasico on Saturday. Rafinha, who was signed from Premier League Leeds United for around $60 million earlier this month, made his debut with the only goal of a $1.97 billion, 65,000-seat high-profile clash at Allegiant Stadium after beating Inter Miami 6-0. Of. Home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. The Brazilian was all set to prevent an un-advised pass from Real’s Eder Militao at the top of the field.

After a touch to settle he threw a left-footed shot at Thibaut Courtois into the top right corner of the net and put Barcelona 1-0 up in the 27th minute.

The fourth edition of the Clasico played outside Spain – the second to be held in the United States – displayed all the intensity of the long rivalry.

Real Madrid, playing their first pre-season friendly, almost opened the scoring in the 18th minute, but Federico Valverde was rejected by the post in the 18th minute, having seized the ball after a poor clearance by Jordi Alba. Was taken and the volley was destroyed from a distance of 25 yards. who defeated Marc-Andre ter Stegen only to intervene directly.

Two minutes later it was Barcelona who saw an opportunity when Eduardo Camavinga lost possession to Pedri in front of Real’s goal. Pedri found Fati, who pulled Real keeper Thibaut Courtois from his line but fired his shot just wide of the far post.

Overall it was Barcelona – buoyed by the introduction of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski following his move from Bayern Munich – who controlled the pace in the first half against the current Champions League and La Liga title holders.

The first half ended on a testy note after Jordi Alba’s sliding tackle on Militao earned a yellow card.

Some jaws and pushbacks ensued, with players separating Madrid newcomer Antonio Rudiger and Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo.

Lewandowski’s night ended without a goal as he was dropped in the half, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being replaced at midpoint as part of the changes.

Aubameyang had a chance in the second half with a header from the center of the field from a cross by Rafinha in just two minutes, but dropped it.

A back-and-forth between substitute Marco Asensio and defender Lucas Vazquez gave Real Madrid a golden opportunity in the 59th minute, but Vazquez pulled his shot wide after playing the ball back to Asensio in front of goal.

He pressed hard in the closing minutes for an equalizer, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side clearly missed French star Karim Benzema, who was given an extended leave by the club and joined his teammates in Los Angeles a few days earlier. After that, he was out of the competition.

Real Madrid continue their US tour on Tuesday against Mexico’s Cube America at the Oracle Park baseball venue in San Francisco, while Barcelona will take on Italian giants Juventus in Dallas on the same night.

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The two play again on 30 July, when Barcelona play Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bull and Real Madrid’s Juventus.

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