Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo copies Lionel Messi celebration, pushes referee

It was a Gerard Pique own goal that gave Real Madrid the lead in the second half, but Lionel Messi equalized from the penalty kick spot to get the hosts back in it before a wild, unpredictable finish.

Ronaldo was given a yellow card for removing his shirt when celebrating his goal and he was then given his marching orders having received a second booking for diving moments later.

The first El Clasico of this season has Real Madrid and Barcelona playing for the Super Cup (9:00 p.m UK Time).

Valverde will be desperate to get off to the ideal start with Barcelona and take an advantage going into the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday، August 16.

With 15 minutes remaining, Barcelona were handed a life line as the referee adjudged Navas to have upended Suarez in the area, although replays showed contact was minimal at best and suggest the Uruguayan had hoodwinked the officials.

Ronaldo enjoyed a longer vacation than his Real Madrid teammates to fully recover from Portugal's participation in the Confederations Cup in June.

Catalan radio station RAC 1 reported at the time that Barcelona offered Isco a signing bonus of €20m to turn down a new deal at Los Blancos and move to the Nou Camp as a free agent once his contract expires.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off with eight minutes remaining but Madrid still triumphed on enemy territory thanks to the four-time Ballon d'Or victor, Marco Asensio and an own goal from Gerard Pique.

Real won 2-1, but faded in the second half as the Red Devils fought their way back into the match.

'You never like losing, even less so against Madrid, but aside from the blow of the defeat there are things that we can take from the game'.

It seems like every goal Asensio scored is an absolute beauty.

'I will need to watch it and evaluate it because I don't think the referee would blow for an action in which there was nothing there, knowing that he could be mistaken.

Whilst the Nou Camp witnessed the first game without Neymar earlier this week, a 5-0 win over Chapecoense, this is where Barcelona fans will realise what they have lost. "We're fighting for a trophy and it's an important step".

  • Regina Holmes