Barcelona vs Real Madrid (3-1) Spanish Super Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores before getting sent off in a frantic El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal for Real Madrid. (Source: AP)

Real Madrid came up with a superb performance against Barcelona to beat them 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super League with a goal each from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Anselo in the 78th and 90th minute. First was an own goal by Gerrard Pique.

The Supercopa de Espana clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid was the perfect curtain-raiser for the Spanish footballing season that anyone could have hoped for. After a slow start in the first half, the game sprang to life in the second half, with tackles flying in, screamers being scored and cards being handed out for fun.

Cristiano Ronaldo, left, gave Real Madrid the lead with a beautiful right-footed strike. (Source: AP)

In the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 3-1 to take the early advantage in the competition. But, it was not cent percent happy outing for Real Madrid as star player Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off after being booked twice in the space of two minutes and was shown the red card.

Ronaldo made a big impact in the game by scoring a goal before being sent off. Coming on 58th minute, Ronaldo scored his first goal in the 80th minute when he took a strike outside the box and sent it past the Barcelona goalkeeper.

Two other goals (one an own goal by Gerrard Pique) for Real Madrid hurt Barcelona. The final nail in the coffin was Marco Asensio’s goal in the 90th minute. Lionel Messi scored in the 77th minute for Barcelona.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that the club would consider appealing Ronaldo’s second booking to the Spanish football federation.

“We played a great match. What bothers me is the sending off of Cristiano,” Zidane said. “Maybe it wasn’t a penalty, but the card is a bit too much.”

While Ronaldo’s goal was a blow, substitute Marco Asensio’s 90th-minute strike _ with Madrid down to 10 men _ left Barcelona in a deep hole for the second leg.

“I am not going to play this down, we are happy with the result. But of course it is not over,” Zidane said. “We are going to enjoy this today, because it is something to enjoy, and tomorrow we will think about the game on Wednesday.”

While Zidane’s Madrid took a big step to a second title to start the season after beating Manchester United in the European Super Cup, it was a dismal debut for Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.

The defeat leaves Barcelona under pressure to spend at least part of the record 222 million euros ($262 million) it received from PSG for Neymar before the market closes at the end of the month. So far, the club’s attempts to pry away Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele have failed.

“The team needs to be renewed,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “There is no doubt that we have to sign players.”


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