Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo had a mixed day in the Camp Nou after scoring and then sent off as his team defeated FC Barcelona by 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Gerard Pique had scored an own goal early in the second half to give Real the lead in the annual curtain raiser between the Spanish Liga champions and the Copa del Rey holders.
Lionel Messi then came to Pique’s rescue and looked to have saved his blushes by scoring a controversial penalty in the 77th minute after Luis Suarez tumbled easily to a challenge from Keylor Navas.
Ronaldo, who started the game on the bench, was subbed in for Karim Benzema 12 minutes after half-time.
He then struck a wonderful curling shot to score from from outside the area three minutes after Messi’s penalty, thus restoring the Liga and European champions’ advantage but was quickly cautioned with his first yellow of the game for removing his shirt — a mimic of Messi’s celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu in last April’s Clasico.
The Portuguese captain was quickly given a second yellow just moments later for diving to attempt to win a penalty and he will miss Wednesday’s second leg at the Bernabeu.
But Real seemed unperturbed from losing their star man and, far from letting Barcelona back in, Marco Asensio then extended Madrid’s advantage with a scorching shot from outside the area in the 90th minute.
The 3-1 advantage for Real, with Zinedine Zidane’s side also holding the home ground advantage makes his Los Blancos squad — who have lifted at three trophies in the past three months — huge favourites to lift the trophy going into Wednesday’s Super Cup second leg at the Bernabeu.