Barcelona started the new season with a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Camp Nou. After a dull first half, things went nuts in the final period with many goals, many scoring chances, many refereeing mistakes, and a hilarious red card. Madrid take a vital advantage into the second leg, but Barça still have a (small) chance.
The first half was quite balanced, with Barça having most of the possession but having to be patient to find spaces inside a tight Madrid defense. The Blancos sat back and stayed compact, looking to hit the Blaugrana on the counter and create chances that way. Gareth Bale had a great opportunity in the only fast break Real managed to put together, but Ter Stegen made a very good save.
Barça had a few dangerous chances with Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi and the Blaugrana looked very good in possession at times, but Keylor Navas never had to make a real save.
At halftime, not the greatest game in history, but a very even affair in the first 45 minutes.
The final period started in horrible fashion for the Blaugrana, who went a goal down when Gerard Piqué deflected a cross from Marcelo into his own net to put Madrid ahead. Barça had to go forward in search of an equalizer, and they got it when Luis Suárez won a penalty. It was a dive, but the referee saw a foul in the box and gave Barça a spot kick. Messi easily beat Navas and tied the score.
Madrid went ahead just three minutes later, however, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational goal to finish off a great counter-attacking sequence. Barça had 10 minutes to find another equalizer. Ronaldo was sent off for a second yellow card, which gave Barça the chance to attack against 10 men for the rest of the match.
Instead of finding another goal, Barça conceded a third thanks to a screamer from Marco Asensio on a lethal counter attack from the Blancos. Madrid are now very close to the Supercopa, and Barça have work to do.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic (Alcácer), Busquets, Iniesta (Roberto); Messi; Suárez, Deulofeu (Denis)
Goal: Messi (77’)
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kovacic (Asensio), Casemiro, Kross; Isco; Benzema (Ronaldo), Bale (Vázquez)
Goals: Piqué (50’ O.G.), Ronaldo (80’), Asensio (90’)