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Reuters / Juan Medina

Barcelona – Actual Madrid made mild of a pink card for Cristiano Ronaldo to deal an extra blow to Barcelona by profitable three-1 within the first leg of the Spanish Tremendous Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldo, solely launched as a second-half substitute, was proven two quickfire yellow playing cards after blasting Madrid right into a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.

Nevertheless, Actual prolonged their benefit with 10 males because of a luxurious late strike from Marco Asensio.

Earlier, Lionel Messi’s penalty had cancelled out Gerard Pique’s personal objective as Barca did not get the early-season increase they wanted after dropping Brazilian star Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-document switch charge.

The edges will meet once more in Madrid for the second leg on Wednesday.

With out Neymar, Barca struggled to seek out their rhythm going ahead, as Gerard Deulofeu did not impress within the position alongside Messi and Luis Suarez up entrance.

Suarez had the hosts’ greatest effort of a timid opening half when his pushed low volley was collected on the second try by Keylor Navas.

On the different finish, Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s solely critical save of the primary interval got here when Gareth Bale’s effort from Isco’s harmful cross was turned over.

Madrid instantly upped a gear at first of the second interval and have been rewarded with the opening objective in a fashion that might have delighted most Actual followers.

Pique is usually Madrid’s chief aggravator, however the Spanish worldwide was left embarrassed as he turned Marcelo’s supply previous the helpless Ter Stegen into his personal internet.

Solely an unimaginable goalline clearance from Jordi Alba prevented Dani Carvajal from doubling Madrid’s benefit seconds later, as the sport started to open up.

Ronaldo had been stored in reserve by Zinedine Zidane, having missed most of pre-season after his participation within the Confederations Cup with Portugal, however was lastly launched for an motion-packed cameo look on the hour mark.

With Mateo Kovacic additionally changed by Asensio, Messi was given extra licence to create and led Barca again into the sport. Sergio Busquets by some means blazed over from shut vary earlier than Messi stung the palms of Navas.

The Argentine ultimately received on the scoresheet from the penalty spot after Navas was adjudged to have introduced down Suarez inside the world thirteen minutes from time.

Nevertheless, Madrid took simply three minutes to retake the lead in beautiful trend, as Ronaldo reduce inside Pique earlier than curling into the highest nook.

The World Participant of the Yr was booked for taking off his shirt in celebration.

And that was to show very pricey simply two minutes later when he noticed a second yellow card for diving as he went down beneath a problem from Samuel Umtiti inside the world.

Fairly than supply Barca route again into the tie, Madrid all however assured they’ll carry the Tremendous Cup for a tenth time when Asensio blasted into the highest nook from the sting of the field as the sport entered stoppage time.