Spanish Super Cup Second leg – Asensio and Benzema strike as Real beat Barcelona to clinch Super Cup

Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Agg 5-1)

Real Madrid produced a dominant display in the Spanish Super Cup second leg to beat Barcelona 2-0 on the night and lift the trophy after a 5-1 aggregate win.

Real Madrid were without their two most expensive players as Ronaldo began a five-game ban for pushing a referee and Bale was dropped to the bench to make way for 21-year-old Marco Asensio.

Marco Asensio, who also scored in the 3-1 first-leg win, gave them an early lead with an excellent 25-yard strike.

And Karim Benzema flicked up Marcelo’s cross and turned defender Samuel Umtiti to fire home a second with Barcelona rarely looking like coming back.

Real eased off in the second half, with the cup practically wrapped up, and Barca improved slightly as a result, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hitting the woodwork.

In less than two years in charge, Zinedine Zidane has led Real to two Champions Leagues, and the 2016-17 La Liga title.


Spanish Super Cup – First leg result: Ronaldo sees red as Real Madrid beat Barcelona in Camp Nou

Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo went from hero to villain in the space of two minutes as Real Madrid won the first El Clasico of the season with a 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

An incident-packed second half at the Nou Camp saw Gerard Pique’s own goal put Real ahead before Lionel Messi equalised from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was fouled by Keylor Navas.

Ronaldo, on as a substitute, was booked for taking his shirt off to celebrate his spectacular strike three minutes later.

That was followed swiftly by a second yellow card for diving following a challenge by Samuel Umtiti and an angry Ronaldo appeared to push referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea on his way off the field.

Marco Asensio wrapped up the victory for 10-man Real with a brilliant finish in the 90th minute, condemning new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde to defeat in his first competitive match at the Nou Camp.

The two sides will play the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Spanish Super Cup 1st Leg: Athletic Bilbao 4-0 Barcelona


Barcelona’ hopes of achieving another sextuple was dented a huge blow as they were thrashed 4-0 by Athletic Bilbao, in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the San Mames. Aritz Aduriz scored a hat-trick as Barca’s defence was torn to shreds in what was Barcelona’s biggest loss under Luis Enrique.

The Blaugranas have now conceded four goals in two successive games, four goals to Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup with the opposition having just 10 shots on target in those games.

The 2015-16 campaign may just be getting underway across Europe, but this will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest shocks. Luis Enrique decided to ring the changes following their midweek exertion against Sevilla, a game which went the distance to 120 minutes. Five changes were made by the Barcelona manager with Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Thomas Vermaelen and Adriano. Pedro was also rewarded for scoring the winner by getting a starting berth. Neymar remained sidelined due to mumps while new club captain Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique and Busquet all had to settle for places on the bench.

Athletic made a fantastic start to the game when Mikel San Jose opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a wonder strike from almost the centre circle after Ter Stergen had made a poor clearance. The European Champions were largely subdued in the first half and could only muster just a single shot on target through the first 45 minutes. Suarez and Messi were almost completely anonymous, with the exception being a late free kick by Messi that forced a save from Gorka Iraizoz

Luis Enrique looked for inspiration from his bench and promptly sent Iniesta into the field to fix things. However, this did not deter the Basque side as Aduriz made it 2-0 within moments. Ivan Rakitic was then sent on to shore up the midfield before Bilbao delivered a telling blow on Barcelona’s chances with Aduriz getting his second to make it 3-0.

The tie was effectively ended when Alves was penalised for bringing down San Jose in the penalty box in the 67th minutes. Aduriz then stepped up to complete his hattrick further compounding Barcelona’s misery and also sending the home fans into wild jubilation. The four goals eclipsed Athletic’s combined total in their last three match-ups with Barca. Aduriz also become the first player to score a hat trick against Barca in almost a decade.

Luis Enrique took full responsibility for the defeat and stated: “There were a lot of changes but it had to be that way after playing for 120 minutes [on Tuesday],” the manager said. “I have made changes to the side and I accept the responsibility for the loss without hesitation.

With the second leg to be played on Monday in Nou Camp, Barcelona will have to score four goals against Athletic and also have to hope their frail defense can keep a clean sheet. Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao are just 45 minutes away from their first Super Cup title since 1984-85, the season after they completed a La Liga and Copa del Rey double.