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“He sent the Barca defence into the stratosphere” – The internet reacts as Benzema and Vinicius Junior carry Real Madrid to beat Barcelona in El Clásico

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:20, 12 January 2022

In a fantastic night of football, Real Madrid overcame Barcelona 2-3 in the semi-final of the Supercopa de Espana.

Los Blancos notched their 100th Clásico victory thanks to goals from Fede Valverde, Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema. The Blaugrana fought back twice and took the game to extra time in an impressive, gutsy performance from Xavi’s young side. But in the end Carlo Ancelotti’s men had just about enough to squeak through, mainly thanks to their two star forwards Benzema and Vini.

Here’s how the internet reacted to each man’s stunning goals and the game-winner too.

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Jonas Giaever was very impressed when Vinicius hammered Madrid into an early lead.

As was Jenny Chiu!

Blaugrana Planet, however, wasn’t so impressed with Marc-André Ter Stegen’s goalkeeping:

Phil Kitromilides remarked on Vini’s growth between last season and this:

Tim Vickery waxed lyrical:

@UtdArena made sure to point out Karim Benzema’s sensational pass in the build-up:

Kay Murray brought the memes:

“Vinicius is a marvel to watch,” says Lee Roden:

Tim Vickery was back and contemplating how strong Brazil could be in Qatar with the likes of Vini Jr.:

When Karim Benzema returned the lead to Los Blancos in the second-half, Jonas Giaever was again first to react:

The Frenchman took over the game for a spell, as David Cartlidge noted:

Kim McCauley delivered a very spicy hot take that quite honestly is probably not even wrong?

Mo Stewart admired Benzema’s instincts:

Reddit user Fern-ando joked that Benzema always scores whenever Vinicius manages to:

Reddit user bonelessfork, however, was impressed by the skill by Ferland Mendy in the build-up:

Ansu Fati equalised late in the day with a great header, prompting Dermot Corrigan and Euan McTear to remark on how special he is:

But early in extra time, Real Madrid took the lead for the third and final time thanks to a goal from Fede Valverde. But it wasn’t the Uruguayan who was taking the plaudits, but Vini Jr. again for his sensational dummy in the build-up:

Tony Chow was seriously impressed:

Keith Costigan’s mind was blown by the whole move:

Nirvik thought he should have shot, however:

Sam Arregui knew how good it was, however:

Reddit user thatdani was surprised by the nature of the goal coming with a 5v3 counter:

Reddit user eddsters had a chuckle at Valverde’s failed celebration attempt:

Finally, when he was subbed off due to cramp, Vinicius Junior drew a standing ovation from a partisan Riyadh crowd.

And after the game, Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves spoke in rhapsodic terms about Karim Benzema: