Barcelona thrash Madrid 4-0 in El-Classico

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Barcelona thrash Madrid 4-0

Real Madrid Femenino’s first official match ended in defeat as they lost 4-0 to reigning Primera Division champions Barcelona on Sunday.

Patricia Guijarro, Lieke Martens and Alexia Putellas all scored for Barca in the first women’s ‘El Clasico’.

Madrid, who also scored an own goal in the match, were only formed in July after buying-out Club Deportivo Tacon.

Los Blancos had completed a 300,000 euros (£271,000) buyout of Madrid-based club Tacon, which has now been officially renamed Real Madrid Femenino.

In a statement then,  Real said it wanted to “contribute to the sport’s development and growth”.

Real president Florentino Perez said: “The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of.”

Madrid were one of the only major football clubs in Europe that didn’t have a women’s team.

They competed last season under Tacon’s name and wore their kit but trained and played at Real’s training ground.

Tacon were beaten 9-1 and 6-0 by Barcelona in their previous two games.

Barcelona were crowned champions last season because they were top when the season was abandoned because of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to BBC’s Tom Garry, the long-awaited arrival of the Real Madrid brand in women’s football leaves German club Borussia Dortmund as arguably the biggest European outfit not to have a senior women’s team to their name, and one of the few remaining absentees from across all the continent’s top men’s divisions.

Real’s move came after several other giants of the men’s game took similar decisions to invest in women’s football in recent years, including Manchester United’s 2018 re-formation of their women’s team and Italian giants Juventus’ move to set up a female side in 2017.

Those teams have enjoyed relatively quick success – United finishing fourth in England’s top tier in their second season, while Juve have quickly raced on to lift three consecutive Women’s Series A titles.

However, dominance in Spain won’t come easily for Los Blancos, with their rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid already having well-established, world-class teams and an ongoing battle for trophies between themselves.

 

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