Barcelona reign victorious in a 4-0 win against Real Madrid
By Nelisa Khwela
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 11 of VARSITY News.
History was made in Spanish football this year when the first ever women’s Clásico was played between Real Madrid Feminino and Barcelona Femeni at Real Madrid’s training ground. The men’s El Clásico dates back as far as 1902 and is watched by millions of fans all across the globe therefore it was exciting news to the women’s soccer community to finally have an all-female Clásico. Barcelona Femeni was expected to be a fierce opponent as they have won five Primera División titles and played in the 2019 UEFA Women’s Champions League final. Barcelona are also the reigning champions of the Primera División league. This was the first match played by the newly-formed Real Madrid side which lost 4-0 to the more experienced Catalonian team.
Barcelona led in the first half with a goal from Patricia Guijarro in the 18th minute. Madrid looked to equalize with a goal from Kosovare Asllani, however the goal was declared a foul, much to the home fans’ disappointment. In the second half, an own goal by Madrid goalkeeper, Maria Rodriguez, saw Barcelona maintain their lead. Barcelona’s Caroline Graham Hansen provided the assists for goals from Lieke Martens, who is a former world player of the year, and Alexia Putellas.
Despite this important milestone in women’s soccer in Spain, the women’s inaugural Clásico was not attended by Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez. Perez’s absence brought attention to how women’s soccer receives less support in comparison to men’s as he chose to travel to watch the men’s La Liga fixture against Levante instead.