Barcelona’s Jordi Alba Has Heated Clash With Vinicius Jr [WATCH]

Jordi Alba

Getty Jordi Alba clashes with Vinicius during El Clasico

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba clashed with Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior in the first half of El Clasico on Sunday after the Brazil international went down in the penalty area following a clash with Oscar Mingueza.

The 21-year-old appealed for a spot-kick after running into Mingueza and going to ground, but referee Sanchez Martinez was quick to wave the Real Madrid appeals away.

Barcelona players couldn’t hide their frustration at Vinicius at the incident with Alba captured indulging in a heated debate with the Real Madrid youngster, as shown by ESPN.

Alba had been a doubt ahead of the game with an ankle injury sustained against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. However, the defender was passed fit for the match and started in his usual left-back position.

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Barca Guilty of Missing Chances

There were few surprises in the Barcelona XI for El Clasico. Sergino Dest once again started in a more advanced position in attack alongside Memphis Depay and fit-again Ansu Fati.

Sergio Busquets captained the side and lined up in midfield alongside Frenkie de Jong and teenager Gavi who wrote his name into the history books after being named in the starting XI, as shown by Opta.

Koeman named Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia as his center-back pairing with Alba at left-back and Oscar Mingueza on the opposite flank in front of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca started the game well but missed a glorious chance to open the scoring from close range. Dest only had goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to beat but somehow managed to send his shot over the crossbar, as shown by ESPN.

David Alaba opened the scoring for the visitors on 32 minutes but Barca should have equalized when Pique had a sight of goal from a corner. The defender managed to direct a header goalwards but could not quite find the target. as shown by ESPN.

Aguero Scores First Barcelona Goal

There were more goals in the second half, although supporters had to wait until stoppage time. Lucas Vazquez killed the game off for Los Blancos with a goal from close range after a quick counter-attack.

However, Barca did manage to pull one back minutes later. Substitute Sergio Aguero scored his first competitive goal for the club after a cross in from the right by Dest.

The result sees Real Madrid move five points clear of the Catalan giants in La Liga after nine games played. Los Blancos have also pulled away in the head-to-head record between the two sides. Real Madrid now have 99 Clasico wins compared to Barca’s 96.

Barca’s defeat is also bad news for Koeman who is likely to come under renewed scrutiny as he remains winless in the Clasico as a coach. The result also means Barca have now lost four consecutive games against Real Marid for the first time since 1965, as reported by Opta.

Barca must regroup quickly as the team returns to action on Wednesday, October 27 with a trip to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga. Rayo have started the season well and are a point better off than the Catalan giants and two points higher in the table.

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