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93-80: Defeat in Barcelona

MATCH REPORT. 10/12/2021

Real Madrid came away empty handed from the Clásico at the Palau

Real Madrid came away empty handed from the Clásico at the Palau Blaugrana on matchday 14 of the Euroleague. The team got off to a strong start, with some resolute defending, and baskets from Hanga (5), Llull and Tavares led to a 2-9 run in the fourth minute. Barcelona levelled the game thanks to Mirotic's scoring and dominance on the rebound and, despite two three-pointers from Causeur, stretched the game in the closing stages of the first quarter to make the score 24-19.
The hosts upped their game even more at the start of the second quarter to open up a 10-point lead, which they soon extended to 12 in the 16th minute (43-31). The madridistas fought to reduce the deficit from the three-point line (7 from 11) thanks to the precise shooting of Llull and Rudy, but Barcelona stood strong and went into the break with the score at 51-42.

After the re-start, both sides were less clinical in attack. Pablo Laso's troops performed better in defence, but free throw shooting misses (11 made out of 21 attempted at the end of the game) held the team back. Barça continued to dominate and denied the visitors any space to shoot to prevent them from narrowing the gap. The third quarter ended 67-58.
The last quarter got underway with a unsportsmanlike and technical fouls against Madrid. All attempts by the Whites to bridge the gap were countered by three-pointers from the home side. Laso's boys refused to be beaten and, spearheaded by Rudy, Yabusele and Heurtel, they managed to get within eight points with four minutes to go. But the comeback was not to be as Barcelona clinched the Clásico victory.