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Real Madrid vs Barcelona (4-1): Vinicius Jr. Steals the Show as Real Madrid Crushes Barcelona in Supercopa Clasico

Vinicius Jr. single-handedly dismantled Barcelona in the Supercopa de España final, netting a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a resounding 4-1 victory. This triumph serves as sweet revenge for last year’s defeat and marks the fourth time in five Supercopa meetings that Los Blancos have emerged victorious.

The tension crackled in the air even before kickoff, the trophy adding extra spice to the usual El Clasico intensity. Real Madrid, however, kept their cool and struck first within seven minutes. Jude Bellingham threaded a perfect pass for Vinicius, who danced past Iñaki Peña and calmly slotted in his first goal since returning from injury. Three minutes later, the Brazilian was celebrating again, ghosting in at the back post to tap in Rodrygo’s cross after a delightful move that tore open the Barca defense.

Ferran Torres nearly responded instantly, his instinctive effort rattling the crossbar, but Robert Lewandowski rekindled Barcelona’s hopes with a ferocious volley shortly after the half-hour mark. Any glimmer of excitement for the Blaugrana was quickly extinguished, though. Ronald Araújo received a dubious yellow card for tugging down Vinicius Jr. in the box, and the Brazilian confidently converted the penalty to complete his hat-trick. To add insult to injury, one of Xavi’s assistants saw red in the ensuing melee.

Pedri almost pulled one back just before halftime, but Real Madrid remained largely untroubled in the second half. Jules Koundé produced some vital interventions to deny Vinicius and Tchouaméni, but his sloppy clearance gifted Rodrygo an easy third goal three minutes after the restart. Araujo’s evening went from bad to worse as he picked up a second yellow card for another reckless challenge on Vinicius.

Both sides saw late chances go begging, Brahim Diaz and João Félix denied by impressive saves at either end. The final whistle confirmed Real Madrid’s 21st consecutive unbeaten match in all competitions and their 13th Supercopa de España title, one shy of Barcelona’s record. The Catalans, meanwhile, saw their five-game unbeaten run come to a painful end.

Man of the Match: Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)

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