Penalty polémica hides Barça's vanishing act as Zidane finds a way | Sid Lowe

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The fallout from Saturday’s clásico has focused on VAR but the real story is a familiar one: Zinedine Zidane getting the better of a muddled Barcelona team “I’m just pissed that we lost,” Sergiño Dest said. His teammates had already disappeared down the tunnel, swiftly ducking out of sight, and now he was alone: a 19-year-old American in an empty arena trying to explain how Barcelona had been beaten in the clásico again. “I think we deserved more,” he said, which he at least probably did, standing there in front of the TV camera at the end of an afternoon in which he might have been Barça’s best player. “We had chances, they had chances,” he offered. “They were just a bit sharper in taking them, and that was it.” Only that wasn’t it and never is. When the final whistle went a minute or so after Luka Modric had scored the third ina 3-1 Real Madrid win , Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman had shaken hands with Zinedine Zidane and then waited by the tunnel for the referee, Juan Martínez Mun

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