Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a superb goal and help Real Madrid to a 3-1 first leg win over Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday evening.
Ernesto Valverde’s first official match as Barcelona boss could not have had much more drama as we saw four goals, a penalty and a questionable sending off in the Supercopa de Espana first leg.
A superb second half saw Lionel Messi cancel out Gerard Pique’s unfortunate own goal, before Ronaldo and Marco Asensio scored superb strikes to give Madrid one hand on the title.
Spanish football’s first competitive game saw Matteo Kovavic test the palms of Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen as he shot from distance.
Luis Suarez looked lively up front for the home side and he tested Keylor Navas down the other end as both teams made a rather tentative start to the game.
Isco was next to come close as he hit the side netting, before Casemiro would test Ter Stegen just before the interval.
The second half was a completely different affair to the second as the game became more stretched and saw both sides create more chances.
And, it was Madrid who took the lead as Marcelo’s lively run down the flank and cross – deflect in off Gerard Pique.
Barca reacted and pushed for an equaliser as Suarez was hauled down by Navas to earn them a penalty.
Messi would the step up and send the Madrid keeper the wrong way.
However, the scores would not stay level for long as Ronaldo stole the show with a superb effort from distance.
The Portuguese forward had only just come on the field, before turning Pique and beating Ter Stegen from the edge of the box.
His delight would turn into misfortune shortly after though as he was deemed to have dived in the area, after which he was booked and shown a red card, following his early shirtless celebration.
Barca had hope but that hope would soon vanish as Asensio grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and thumped home a later third goal for Madrid.