And the Super Cup champion is still waiting for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to be played so they can be confirmed!
In the first leg which was played over the weekend, Barcelona and Real Madrid went one on one to contest the first silverware of a new season.
Judging by the results – Real Madrid defeated Barcelona at the Nou Camp by 1-3 – and the way events played out on the night, it was obvious that the Catalan giants have a very long season ahead of them.
These days, it’s not an El Clasico game if Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do not score. While both scored, Messi’s goal was not enough to save Barca as Real Madrid shone like a million stars on the night. Then there was the undeniable fact that they were missing Neymar and they badly need reinforcements.
Looking on the Madrid side of things, in a dramatic turn of events, CR7 came off the bench to put Real Madrid in the lead and later got sent off. This was a side that had to start without Luka Modric who was ineligible as a result of a suspension he got three years ago.
With the first leg done and dusted, fans can now anticipate the second leg which will be played during the week at the Santiago Bernabeu. Zidane’s men carry a 2 goal advantage into this one and will be looking to seal the deal after the 90 minutes.
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Let’s look at some key factors that may play a role of who will win the first trophy of the 2017/2018 Spanish football season.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Even though Zidane claims the Portuguese has not yet reached 100% match fitness, Ronaldo still went on to score a goal for Madrid when it mattered the most. And boy, was it a beautiful goal. But he saw red before the game ended – two yellow cards.
It’s not sure whether he will miss the second leg as Zidane has said the ref’s red card decision will be appealed. Whether the appeal is successful or not, Zizou knows he can count on names like Modric and a certain Marco Asensio
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- How Barca copes without Neymar
While Neymar was busy scoring a debut goal and adding an assist to the tally, his former brothers were suffering defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals. That Barcelona need reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut is no longer a secret.
They were second best to the European champs the whole time and looked like they needed another savior as Messi wasn’t enough to help them. The second leg will hugely depend on how the Catalan giants can cope going forward as the goals need to come as fast as possible when they play at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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- The Referee
There have been several complaints about the centre referee who was in charge of the first leg. Controversial decisions were made and he seemed to either make the wrongs for the most part of the game, especially with the Suarez case.
It’s not a football game without some refereeing drama and another episode of that drama could play a key role in determining which team is celebrating another trophy win by the end of Wednesday.
Back to the big question:
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Before you go, what were your highlights from the first leg of the game? For us, it was that sumptuous Ronaldo goal – you should see it if you haven’t. Now that we’ve told you ours, what was yours? Share your opinion with us by leaving us a comment below.
Great week ahead! 😉Tags: el clasico, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, spanish super cup