Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
FC Barcelona continued their perfect start and impressive run over rivals Real Madrid in the women’s El Classico after a 5-0 win in a league encounter at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on Sunday.
Catalina Coll, Ona Batlle, Mapi Leon, Ingrid Engen, Lucy Bronze, Patricia Guijarro, Keira Walsh, Aitana Bonmati, Salma Paralluelo, Mariona Caldentey, and Caroline Graham Hansen started the match for the Catalan side.
For Real Madrid, Golden Girl winner, Linda Caicedo started the match alongside Maria Rodriguez, Oihane Hernandez, Ivana Andres, Kathellen Sousa, Olga Camonna, Sandie Toletti, Teresa Abelleira, Athenea del Castillo, and Hayley Raso.
In their usual possessive style of play, Jonatan Giraldez started the match on the front foot, and took 17 minutes for them to break the deadlock.
A pass from Hansen located Bonati inside the box as the 2023 Ballon d’Or winner coolly converted the chance to score the opening goal.
After hitting the crossbar moment earlier, Hansen was at the end of Paralluelo’s attempt which hit the woodwork before slotting the ball into the back of the net to double the lead.
Caldentey made it 3-0 for the European champions in the additional minutes of the first half to put the game beyond Real Madrid’s reach.
Bonmati brilliance and cross located Claudia Pina who shipped the ball for her team’s fourth goal in the additional minutes of the second half.
Off the bench, 17-year-old Vicky Lopez sealed the win with the fifth goal as the team recorded their 12th win out of 12 women’s El Classico games.
Barcelona opened up a six-point gap over Real Madrid at the top of the log with 27 points after nine games.
The attendance at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys for the El Classico was 38,707.
Chelsea and Wales midfielder Sophie Ingle has set a new record for the most Women’s Super League appearances.
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The 32-year-old played in her 184th WSL game on Saturday as the Blues faced Liverpool at Stamford Bridge to move one ahead of former Birmingham City and Tottenham defender Kerys Harrop.
Ingle has won the WSL title four times, the Women’s FA Cup on three occasions and the Women’s League Cup once.
Earlier this year, Ingle was made an OBE for her service to football.
She began her career at Chelsea and had spells at Bristol Academy and Liverpool before returning to Chelsea in 2018 and has played 120 times for Wales as well as four matches for Great Britain.
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