PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG was on fire as Barcelona destroyed Real Madrid at the Bernabeu
The former Arsenal star discarded by Mikel Artetascored twice as Barça rioted at home to their bitter rivals.
Both teams started the game in top form.
Real Madrid had won five straight games in all competitions, including losing PSG in the Champions League.
While the visitors were unbeaten in 12 games and a run that saw them jump to fourth place in LaLiga.
New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was crucial – scoring five in six league games.
But it was Real Madrid who had the first try of the night – when Federico Valverde brought on Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who made a lovely save to deflect the Uruguayan’s shot around the post after clever work from Vinicius Jr.
Aubameyang was lucky not to see red after a nasty stud tackle on Toni Kroos’ shin left the German writhing in pain.
Replays showed his tackle was late and dangerous, which could see the Gabon forward face an early dip.
Then it was Thibaut Courtois’ turn to play the role of hero – he made two crucial saves – first from Aubameyang after being supplied by Ferran Torres and second from Ousmane Dembele trying his luck.
Torres thought he broke the deadlock after 18 minutes when his shot missed whiskers and slammed Courtois at the left post.
Ironically, it was Aubameyang who broke the deadlock with a header from six yards out in the 29th minute.
France striker Dembele skinned Nacho before delivering a cross that the ex-gunner threw home. One he wouldn’t have gotten if he hadn’t been on the pitch.
Real Madrid’s defense looked shaky every time the Catalans attacked and Aubameyang forced another save from the busy Courtois.
Barcelona added to their tally in the 38th minute with Ronald Araujo passing David Alaba and heading in Dembele’s corner.
Real’s ailing stars could have counted on a rocket from boss Carlo Ancelotti at half-time. But whatever was said seemed to have no effect.
Torres missed an absolute sitter within a minute of the second half starting – shooting wide after being put through by Aubameyang.
A minute later, however, Torres made up for it by scoring Barça’s third goal.
A poor pass from Alaba was intercepted by Frenkie de Jong, who played the ball to Aubameyang. His shot found the former Man City man and he made no mistake as he swiped the ball past Courtois.
And they weren’t finished there either.
Smelling blood, Barcelona would get a fourth. A long pass from Gerard Pique found Torres. The 22-year-old threw a pass to Aubameyang to swipe the ball beautifully over the onrushing Courtois.
It was initially flagged as offside but a VAR check revealed Alaba had kept Torres on the side and the goal stood.
Barcelona continued to press Real, with Courtois again keeping Torres out and Dembele Eder causing all sorts of problems for Militao in the box.
Memphis Depay, coming on for Aubameyang, who received a standing ovation from his Nou Camp crowd, forced Courtious to make a save in the 77th minute.
But four was enough for Barcelona, enough to brag on Monday morning and claim dominance at El Classico for now.
Los Blancos may be nine points clear of the leaders but Barcelona are a club on the rise under Xavi.
Karim Benzema and Co will wonder what hit them.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18012098/real-madrid-barcelona-match-report-aubameyang/ Aubameyang scores twice in El Clasico debut as Xavi’s men stun the LaLiga leaders in defeat