Supercopa De España
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
50′ Piqué (OG)
76′ Messi (P)
82′ Ronaldo Sent off (Second bookable offence)
La Liga Champions Real Madrid have the advantage in their Supercopa De España tie against El Clásico rivals Barcelona, after defeating the Catalan side 3-1, in the First-leg away at the Camp Nou.
Gerard Piqué put the ball into his own-net to give the visitors the lead before Lionel Messi converted from the penalty-spot after Luis Suárez controversially won a penalty after a challenge with Madrid keeper Keylor Navas. Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo then put Zinedine Zidane’s side ahead with a superb effort before controversially being sent off: receiving a second yellow card for an apparent dive, despite being caught by Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti. Fellow substitute Marco Asensio added a late third with a fine strike from a tight-angle to give the Merengue’s a commanding aggregate-lead.
The hosts started well and had a good chance in the ninth minute when Luis Suárez latched onto a cross-field pass before firing an effort from a tight-angle that Navas saved well.
In the 24th minute Barcelona went close again when Messi curled a freekick just over the bar.
Twelve minutes later the visitors went close to an opener when Isco’s pull-back found Gareth Bale, whose first-time effort at-goal was palmed behind by Marc-André Ter Stegen.
Five minutes into the restart the visitors opened the scoring when a teasing cross from Marcelo was diverted into his own-net by Piqué, following a corner.
Real Madrid had a great chance to double their lead when Benzema got the better of Piqué before pulling the ball back to Dani Carvajal, who looked set to score, but his effort was brilliantly denied by Jordi Alba with a block on the line.
In the 58th minute the Catalan side went close to a leveller when a corner was met by Luis Suárez with a header that Navas did well to palm over the bar.
Eleven minutes later Madrid went close to a second goal when substitute Ronaldo latched onto a fine Bale cross with an acrobatic volley that flew just wide.
A minute later the visitors went close again when Ronaldo found Marcelo, who fired a powerful effort from a tight-angle that Ter Stegen palmed away at his near-post.
Three minutes later Barcelona should have levelled the scores when substitute Denis Suárez did well to keep possession in the area before teeing up Sergio Busquets, but the midfielder fired over the bar from close-range.
A minute later the hosts were awarded a penalty after Navas was adjudged to have caught Luis Suárez, who left his foot dangling to initiate the contact. Messi stepped-up to send Navas the wrong way and level the scores.
In the 80th minute Real Madrid went ahead again. A swift break on the counter-attack led by Isco allowed Ronaldo to cut-inside and beat Piqué before firing an unstoppable strike into the top-corner. The Portuguese received a yellow card for taking his shirt off in celebration.
Two minutes later Ronaldo thought he had won a penalty after going to ground under contact from Umtiti. However to his amazement, the referee penalised the Portuguese for simulation and showed the substitute a second yellow card before sending him off.
The Catalan side were eager to capitalise on the man-advantage but it was the visitors, who found the net instead. Substitute Lucas Vázquez surged forward on the counter to find fellow substitute Asensio, who rifled home an unstoppable strike from a tight-angle into the top-corner past Ter Stegen to extend Madrid’s lead.
The result meant that Real Madrid take a 3-1 aggregate-lead back to the Bernabéu, but will have Ronaldo suspended due to his harsh dismissal, while Barcelona have a two-goal deficit to overturn.