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Monday, 14 August 2017

Review: 5 talking points Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo sent off after scoring in Spanish Super Cup first leg



The Portuguese made an eventful cameo from the bench as Barca struggled without NeymarCristiano Ronaldo was sent off after scoring a spectacular winner for Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
The Portuguese forward was booked for his celebration, ripping his shirt off and then holding it aloft like Lionel Messi did at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, and seconds later was booked for diving and dismissed.
However, his scorcher, hammered into the top corner on the break, gives Madrid the edge after Lionel Messi’s penalty cancelled out Gerard Pique’s own goal.
A tense first half saw few clear cut chances, with Luis Suarez stinging Keylor Navas’ palms, while Isco drilled into the side netting and Gareth Bale forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen to tip the ball over.
The second half was more expansive, end-to-end, and Pique broke the deadlock after 50 minutes, unfortunately for him at the wrong end. The defender slid in to divert Marcelo’s cross past Ter Stegen.
Barcelona should have equalised with 15 minutes to go but Sergio Busquets hammered over as Denis Suarez played the ball across goal, before Suarez dived to win a penalty which Messi convered, before the Ronaldo show took over.
1. Deulofeu can’t fill Neymar holeIt was always going to be unlikely considering he failed to establish himself as an essential player at Everton, but Deulofeu was not able to step into the vacant spot left by Neymar and turn on the magic.
Much of the build-up to this game saw people mock the Brazilian for leaving, joking he would be playing at lowly Guingamp while Barcelona took on Real Madrid.
The Brazilian found the net and created a goal for Edinson Cavani on his Ligue 1 debut, while Deulofeu left frustrated. His position was off, his judgement poor. Of course, it will take time to bed in back at Camp Nou, but this was a poor start.2. Barcelona old guard must take the strainThe Qatar-branded advertising outside Camp Nou is gone.
Now new sponsor Rakuten have their design splashed across the front of it, along with the slogan “Believe in the future”.
Rakitic (29), Pique (30), Messi (30), Suarez (30) and Iniesta (33) are pictured too. These players cannot be the club’s future. They are the past and they are the present. Neymar was the future, but he left.There are young players in the squad, but none of them bar Umtiti has shown they can be depended on consistently. Bar Deulofeu, this was more or less the first choice XI from last season.
Valverde and Barcelona have been foiled in the transfer market this summer so the old guard must bear the strain once more, unless they can get Liverpool and Dortmund to crack over Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
3. Zidane’s dilemmaThis feels like the last time Zidane could keep Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench.
The Portuguese striker was brought on against Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup, having just returned to training and was again given a front row seat for this clash at Camp Nou.The French coach switched to 4-4-2 with Bale injured last season and it worked wonders, with Isco sparkling at the tip of a midfield diamond as Madrid won the double.
However with the BBC all fit, the coach has to work out whether he will stick with his tactics or bow to the pressure to play his star-studded strikeforce.
When Ronaldo was introduced, it was for Benzema, hinting that he might opt for formation over firepower.
4. Same old Suarez… and RonaldoFor the most part, Luis Suarez has behaved himself in Spain. No biting, no controversies. Just goals galore. However, when under pressure, his darker side comes out. He looks for any way to help his team, even ways which some consider morally dubious.
With Barcelona 1-0 down and Keylor Navas looking to collect a rebound, Suarez saw his chance. He darted in and threw himself to the floor as the Costa Rican goalkeeper spread himself.
Was there contact? Maybe, but Suarez won it.
Then at the other end Ronaldo went down under Umtiti’s pressure, but this time the referee spotted the dive—and sent him off.
5. The second ‘friendly’ Clasico of the summerIn Miami these teams played out an entertaining friendly in July.
This was supposed to be the start of the real thing. But it wasn’t. The stands of Camp Nou were full of Madrid shirts, probably making up a third of the attendance.
When Marcelo pulled off a sweetly timed backheel flick, there were oohs and aahs around the stadium. A real Clasico isn’t like this.
In August Barcelona residents go on holiday. And their seats are filled by tourists, eager to buy into the biggest game in the world, perfect entertainment on a holiday break.
On a night like this Camp Nou is more a theatre than a football stadium. It didn’t help that there was a second leg to follow too, on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the fate of this cup will be decided.

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