Vinicius Junior scored a first-half hat-trick as Actual Madrid have been topped Spanish Tremendous Cup champions after a 4-1 demolition of rivals Barcelona in Saudi Arabia.
The Brazilian twice exploited Barcelona’s lackadaisical excessive line to place Actual 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes earlier than Robert Lewandowski halved the deficit simply after the half-hour mark.
However Vinicius accomplished his hat-trick from the spot within the thirty ninth minute, having been hauled down within the space by Ronald Araujo, earlier than Rodrygo accomplished a one-sided win after the interval.
To compound a depressing night in Riyadh for Barcelona, Araujo was dismissed within the 71st minute for an additional foul on Vinicius.
How Actual marched to Tremendous Cup glory
Actual, who trailed 3-2 with simply 5 minutes remaining towards Atletico Madrid within the semi-final on Wednesday earlier than triumphing 5-3 after extra-time, continued their current dominance over their rivals.
Carlo Ancelotti’s facet prevailed in October’s El Clasico assembly and are seven factors forward of Barcelona on the midway level of the LaLiga marketing campaign.
This newest encounter marked an opportunity for Barcelona to land a blow of their very own however Xavi’s determination to make use of a dangerous excessive line of defense backfired spectacularly as Actual hit the entrance after seven minutes.
Jude Bellingham – who on the last whistle celebrated successful his first trophy with Actual – cut up the defence with a elegant move that allowed Vinicius to spherical Inaki Pena and slot into an empty web.
Actual and Vinicius capitalised once more on loads of area being left in behind because the 23-year-old slid in to transform Rodrygo’s cross.
Barcelona responded effectively to the double blow as Ferran Torres’ snapshot cannoned towards the bar earlier than each he and Lewandowski compelled Andriy Lunin into necessary saves to maintain Actual two forward.
Lewandowski’s thunderous volley from the sting of the world after 33 minutes dragged Barcelona again into the competition however the Catalans have been the architects of their very own downfall moments later.
Araujo paid the worth for having his arm across the neck of Vinicius, who went down which noticed a penalty awarded and the Barcelona defender booked.
Vinicius made no mistake from 12 yards to re-establish Actual’s two-goal lead at half-time.
Xavi made a triple substitution as Joao Felix, Fermin Lopez and Lamine Yamal have been launched simply after the hour mark but it surely didn’t have the required affect as Actual went additional forward within the sixty fourth minute.
Vinicius was concerned once more as his poor cross was tamely reduce out by Jules Kounde straight into the trail of Rodrygo, who drilled past Pena from inside the world.
Issues worsened for Barcelona as Araujo missed an tried clearance and as an alternative introduced down Vinicius, with the Uruguayan having to trudge off the pitch for a second bookable offence.
Ancelotti was in a position to withdraw Vinicius and Bellingham within the closing levels with the job completed and a spotlight quick turning to Thursday’s Copa del Rey showdown towards Atletico.
Actual Madrid are again in motion on Thursday after they make the journey to metropolis rivals Atletico Madrid within the fourth spherical of the Copa del Rey; kick-off 8.30pm. Carlo Ancelotti’s facet then host Almeria in LaLiga on Sunday; kick-off 3.15pm.
Barcelona are additionally in Copa del Rey motion on Thursday after they journey to Unionistas within the fourth spherical; kick-off 6.30pm. They then make the journey to Actual Betis in LaLiga on Sunday; kick-off 5.30pm.