DAVID ALABA wrote his name in El Clasico folklore at the Nou Camp to steal the limelight from Sergio Aguero.
The Austrian defender joined the Brazilian Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Raphael Varane and Jese Rodriguez in scoring for Real Madrid in his debut against Barcelona this century.
Lucas Vazquez then added a second deep into injury time to secure all three points and a fourth-straight win over Barca – before Aguero tucked in in the 97th minute for his first goal since his his summer transfer.
Moments after Sergino Dest somehow put the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy, Alaba opened the scoring on 32 minutes.
He started and finished a sublime counter attack.
Alaba picked the uncharacteristically quiet Memphis Depay's pocket and fed Vinicius Junior who helped carry the ball out before picking out Rodrygo.
Alaba had continued his run and received the through ball then slammed an unstoppable strike inside the far post from the corner of the penalty box.
Gerard Pique headed over shortly afterwards as Barcelona struggled to get going.
Ronald Koeman made a change in shape and personnel at half-time, bringing Philippe Coutinho on for Oscar Mingueza as Sergino Dest dropped in at right-back to deal with the ongoing threat of Vinicius.
And the change certainly helped Barca at both ends – they looked more dangerous in attack while Dest contained Vinicius slightly better, making a fine reaction to nick the ball away after his own error.
The hosts wanted a penalty just before the hour mark when the ball bounced off Toni Kroos arm as he and Frenkie de Jong jumped together – but the player penalised was Pique for lambasting the referee and earning himself a spot in the referee's notebook.
Karim Benzema should have tapped in for 2-0 on 72 minutes but got his feet in a muddle – but the flag would have gone up anyway.
At the other end, Dest let fly but could not keep his strike down as he looked to make up for his first-half blunder.
Aguero came on for his El Clasico debut, replacing the struggling Ansu Fati who is clearly not back to full fitness yet since his long-term injury lay-off.
But the closest he came to finding an equaliser was a tame header over as Los Blancos delved deep into the book of old tricks to waste time.
Pique wanted a penalty in injury time as Barca squandered a great chance – and Real broke in lightning-quick fashion.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen initially denied Marco Asensio with a fine stop.
But the ball fell for Vazquez who had got forward from right-back to slide in and make it 2-0.
And it proved an important goal as, in the 97th minute, Aguero showed his killer instinct in the six-yard box to turn home Dest's low cross for a consolation.
The result takes Real back top of LaLiga, with Barca five points adrift back in eighth – and it could prove the final straw for under-pressure Koeman who became the second manager to lose his first three Clasicos.
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