At the Bloomfield Stadium at Tel Aviv, it was the meeting of the stars of the past who represented Real Madrid and Barcelona. Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Deco, Iker Casillas, Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos faced each other after more than a decade in an El Clasico where Real Madrid got the better of Barcelona.

Five goals and some silken football were on show on the night as some legendary players from the two sides featured in an exhibition match in the pre-season break.

The first half proved to be an even affair with chances at both ends.

Barcelona came close within twenty minutes when Ronaldinho’s shot cannoned off the crossbar.

However, the Brazilian would go one better seven minutes later when he slotted home a penalty following a challenge by Nunez on Saviola.

The reaction from the Madridistas was instant and they were denied by two stellar saves from Angoy to keep out long-range efforts from Roberto Carlos and De la Red with 31st and 35th minute on the clock.

The Real Madrid Legends came out after the break intent on turning the scoreline around and did so just two minutes after the restart, with de Munitis’s introduction proving to be key.

The Cantabrian levelled matters on 42nd minute after he pounced on Amavisca’s shot from the edge of the area that ricocheted off Guzman, before conjuring up an exquisite piece of skill to skip around the goalkeeper and tap home into the unguarded net.

Two minutes later, de Munitis picked up the ball wide on the right and swung in an inch-perfect cross that Alfonso got on the end of to put Madrid in the ascendancy.

The tempo of the contest subsequently dropped and Barcelona drew themselves level in the 60th minute following a fine solo run from Jofre Mateu, before Madrid hit the winner 10 minutes later.

The decisive goal was a thing of beauty from De la Red as the Madridista skipped past Goikoetxea, before tucking the ball just inside the post from the edge of the area.

Real Madrid Legends: Codina, Núñez, Iván Campo, Fernando Sanz, Roberto Carlos, Milla, Rivera, Figo, Amavisca, De la Red y Alfonso. Velasco, Víctor, Álex and Munitis also featured.


Barcelona Legends: Angoy, Juan Carlos, Dehu, Tortolero, Goikoetxea, Deco, Mendieta, Arpón, Rivaldo, Saviola, Ronaldinho. Guzmán, Amor, Ronald de Boer, Coco, Jofre Mateu and Okunowo also featured.

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