Real Madrid 2 - 0 Barcelona: as it happened, goals, match report
Real Madrid 2 - 0 Barcelona: match report
If the momentum shift from the Catalan coast to the Spanish capital was not complete before this evening, it certainly is now. Real Madrid strolled to their second trophy of the season with victory over a limp Barcelona side at the Bernabéu.
Coming in to the match with a 3-1 advantage from an eventful first leg at Camp Nou, Marco Asensio bent a sumptuous shot in to the top corner to open the scoring after four minutes. Karim Benzema added another before the break to put the match beyond Barça. The first leg fizzled and delighted. The second was a lower-key affair. Madrid waltzed to victory, adding the Spanish Super Cup to the UEFA Super Cup they collected earlier in the summer. Barcelona trudged, the weight of decline heavy on their shoulders.
Both managers opted to tweak their line-ups from the first leg. Bale, Casemiro, and Isco made way for Modric, Asensio, and Lucas Vázquez. Valverde fashioned a 3-5-2 for Barcelona, with Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto coming in to the midfield.
Marco Asensio rounded off the victory at Camp Nou with a sensational left-footed effort. He started off the victory at the Bernabéu with another swish of his left boot. Space opened up just outside the box, and he arced the ball in to the top corner. Ter Stegen was rooted to the spot, deceived by the last-second dip on the ball. Barça’s shoulder’s dropped. Neymar was the architect of their fabled comeback against PSG. But he has walked the red carpet to the team he put to the sword, and Barcelona, bereft, are looking anxiously to the transfer market to fill the void.
Real Madrid were rampant. Lucas Vázquez hit the post after 33 minutes, and five minutes after that, Benzema doubled the home side’s lead. The Frenchman took advantage of flat-footed defending from Samuel Umtiti to meet Marcelo’s low cross at the far post, tee himself up, and finish on the spin.
As the first half turned to the second half, Wednesday turned to Thursday in Madrid. Yet Barcelona have gone back in time. Not for 15 years have Barcelona been so far behind Los Blancos, and it feels like they have further to fall. Key players at Camp Nou are creeping in to their thirties. The young Spanish talent that they should have bought to smooth the transition, Asensio, Ceballos, Theo, are all on the other side.
Barça rallied in the second half as Valverde switched to 4-4-2, and then to 4-3-3. Messi hit the underside of the bar, and Suárez shaved the post with a diving header. The visitors came close, but they were up against a Madrid side playing in second gear.
The 2017 Spanish Super Cup has been a clash between two teams on opposite trajectories. Madrid are in their stride, with two trophies in the cabinet before the end of August. Barcelona are clinging on to the cracks in the foundations of what made them great.
Real Madrid 2 - 0 Barcelona: as it happened
90'+3' Full time. Real Madrid are the winners of the 2017 Spanish Super Cup.
90'+1' Barça are essentially playing with ten men. Suárez' movement is cripplingly limited by his knee injury.
90' Three minutes of added time.
90' Marcelo fluffs a shot at the far post. Safe in the knowledge that the game is well won, he lies back on the turf, sticks his tongue out, and has a chuckle.
89' Suárez is booked for hauling back Casemiro.
88' Theo 'subtlety' Hernández bursts to the byline and smashes the ball out for a throw in on the far side with a widly overhit cross. A little more deftness required.
84' Semedo wants a foul after Theo clips his heel on the edge of the Madrid box. The referee waves it away, and Theo launches a searching ball forward for Benzema to chase. Umtiti does superbly to make up ground on his compatriot and play the ball back to Ter Stegen, Meanwhile, Suárez is limping heavily due to a knock to his knee. He's playing on, but it doesn't look like he'll run it off.
82' Marcelo and Theo have the combined engine of a jumbo jet on the left. Theo is playing ahead of the Brazilian, and the pair combine well to allow Theo to flash a cross between goalkeeper and defence. It evades everyone.
80' That will be Kroos' last contribution. Dani Ceballos comes on in his place.
79' Kroos drives forward before laying the ball out to Vazquéz on the right. He tries to wriggle away from Digne, and doesn't quite manage to do so. Still, he wins a corner as he cross is blocked behind.
77' Lucas Digne replaces Jordi Alba.
75' Theo Hernández will replace Asensio.
73' Theo Hernández is preparing himself on the touchline as Rakitic comes forward. He dummies a shot, then shoots for real, but Ramos is unfazed and successfully blocks. Benzema is limping after a rough challenge from Mascherano.
73' Barça sub: Deulofeu replaces Gomes.
71' Suárez hits the post! It's a host of chances for Barça. First, Suárez slips away from his man with a neat turn, and slide the ball through to Roberto. Navas rushes out well to block his shot, but it only goes as far as Messi. The Argentine's left-footed drive arrows towards the bottom corner, Navas parries it, and Suárez' diving header on the follow-up kisses the post and rolls on to the side netting.
69' Sergi Roberto shows some positivity on the ball, a rare commodity for Barcelona this evening. The La Masia product bursts through the midfield, but is eventually brought to a halt by Casemiro. Roberto then fouls Casemiro on the half way line in the next phase of play.
68' Both teams are going through the motions now. The tempo has slowed remarkably.
66' Rash goalkeeping from Navas. He tries to meet Messi's inswinging free-kick and completely misjudges the flight of the ball. It's a let off for the Costa Rican as Roberto heads wide at the far post.
65' Barcelona are beginning to dominate possession in the central third of the pitch. White shirts are sat back, organised, happy to absorb the pressure in the knowledge that one well-executed counter attack will put this beyond doubt.
62' Zidane makes his first change. Casemiro replaces Kovacic.
59' A rare moment of slackness from Marcelo allows Semedo to bounce the ball past him and shape a cross from the corner of the box. Suárez glances it towards the far corner, but can't get enough pace on the header to beat Navas. Madrid counter, and Asensio makes it right to the byline before cutting the ball back. 'Get it ouuuutttt', is the immediate thought as Semedo dithers in his own box, almost playing the ball straight to Benzema. After a moment of panic, the young Portuguese hoofs clear.
57' Semedo threads the ball neatly through to Roberto to cross first time. The ball gets stuck under Varane's feet, allowing Suárez to shoot. Varane recovers to block and the half-chance goes begging. Barça look more comfortable in the new formation, but it isn't quite falling for them in the final third.
55' Benzema stings Ter Stegen's palms. Asensio plays the Frenchman a lovely no-look, on-the-spin pass, and he shuffles on to this left foot before firing a vicious shot at goal.
53' Messi hits the underside of the bar! it's Barça's best chance of the game. Real Madrid are caught napping at the back, and Suárez plays a square ball to Messi. He surges forward in to the box, chips it beyond Navas, and looks away agonisingly as it bounces off the bar and away. That was the moment for Barça.
52' It looks like Barça have gone 4-4-2, with Semedo at full back and Mascherano shifting inside.
51' Piqué trudges in to the dugout, sound-tracked by a barrage of whistles, and Nelson Semedo comes on to replace him. It's his Barça debut.
50' Busquets chips the ball through to Messi, overcooks it, and it skids out for a goal kick.
48' Suárez ghosts to the far post and collects a through ball, he takes his time before squaring it, and Keylor Navas smothers his attempt to seek out Messi.
47' No changes from either side at half time, and Barça continue with the porous three-man defence.
46' Karim Benzema gets the second half underway.
It will be interesting to see if Valverde changes his system at half time. The 3-5-2 has, unequivocally, not worked. Gomes is floating around like a lost soul, and Busquets is having to cover far too much space. It seems to be playing in to Madrid's hands, with Asensio and Vazquéz making use of the space left by Alba and Roberto.
Ernesto Valverde has a lot of work to do. Not just this evening, but over the coming months. Barça are in the trough of a transition, and it falls to him to scoop them out of it. Messi, Suárez, Iniesta, Busquets, Piqué are ageing, and Madrid have hoovered up all of the Spanish talent who could have replaced them.
Real Madrid have totally outshone Barcelona in this first half. Asensio and Benzema found the net, and Vazquéz hit the post. For the visitors, it's hard to recall a clear-cut chance.
45' HT. Real Madrid have one hand on the trophy.
43' Benzema links up well with Vazquéz, feigns to give it back to the winger, but then drives inside on to his left foot. 25 yards out he lets fly, but there's too much altitude on that, and Ter Stegen gestures to the ballboy so he can get the game back underway.
42' Suárez tries a cheeky nutmeg on Ramos deep inside the box. He almost pulls it off, but it bounces off the inside of the Madrid captain's calf, and Rakitic's subsequent cross doesn't find another blue and red shirt.
40' Vazquéz has a shot from inside the box, but it's from a tight angle and Ter Stegen falls to his knees to gather.
40' Umtiti was very flat-footed in his own six-yard box, which allowed Benzema to steal the ball. Instead of attacking the cross, the former-Lyon man waited for it to come to him, and it didn't.
39' GOOOOOLLL! Benzema! He sneaks in from the far post to meet Marcelo's low cross, takes a touch, spins, and buries it in to the bottom corner.
35' Sloppy touch from Zidane on the touchline after Varane's clearance was deflected towards the technical area. Luckily his players are razor sharp.
33' Vazquéz hits the post! He finds a pocket of space between the centre halves, and tries to curl one with his left foot. It hits the upright flush, and bounces back out. Madrid keep hold of the ball but can't fashion another opportunity.
33' Possible argument for a Madrid penalty. Piqué clears a cross at the far post, but does so by raising his boot above waist height, and close to Benzema's face. If that wasn't inside the box, it may well have been given. It was one of those 'anywhere else on the pitch' ones.
31' Lucas Vazquéz effortlessly takes a ball in to his stride on the right, throws a couple of step-overs, and lays it off to Kroos, who skews it wide from 12 yards.
30' Messi is dropping very deep as he tries to grab hold of the match. Gomes is the furthest forward for Barça at times.
27' Rakitic skips past Ramos the latter sticks out a leg. Messi delivers the free-kick from a central position, 40 yards out, and Varane does well to head clear with Piqué sneaking in behind him like a pantomime villain.
25' Benzema is played in on goal in the right channel. Instead of shooting on his right foot, he checks back inside Piqué. Vazquéz is screaming for the ball just inside, but Benzema hesitates, and then finds Asensio. The Mallorquín's shot is blocked for a corner, which Madrid take short and Piqué heads clear.
23' Kroos swings in a free-kick from the right, Piqué heads it straight up in the air, and Ter Stegen rises to meet the ball with a strong punch. It drops for Kovacic on the edge of the 'D', and although he brings it down like a bag of sugar, he is forced to turn back and recycle possession.
20' Marcelo stretches his legs down the left for the first time. He gallops a long way before skimming a ball across the face of goal. It's a little too far ahead of Benzema, and it flies wide. It was all Real Madrid in the first ten minutes. In the subsequent ten, the game has opened up and both sides are going back and forth constantly.
19' Messi charges towards goal once again, this time from the left. Instead of shooting, he tries to play a square ball to Suárez in the six-yard box. The Uruguayan is squeezed out of the way by the joint attention of Varane and Ramos.
17' The Bernabéu leap on to the referee's back at the first hint of a foul. Asensio and Roberto came together and there wasn't a great deal in it, but the whistles still spit down from the terraces.
16' Half chance for Messi. The Argentine is played in from the right and bears down one-on-one with Navas, albeit from a narrow angle. He tries to roll the ball on to his right foot and nip past the 'keeper at his near post, but Navas reads him like a David Baldacci novel and claims the ball at his feet.
15' Ice cold is the blood that runs through Marcelo's veins. He chests the ball down at the far post for Navas to collect, despite the fact that Messi was steaming in. The Costan Rican just about gathers.
14' Andre Gomes is pulled up for a handball in the box, as he tried to take the ball down on the penalty spot. It looked fairly clear cut and there are few complaints.
12' Roberto chips ball through to Suárez. The Uruguayan follows the ball over his shoulder, and shoots first time with his right foot. He can't get enough control, and the ball sails in to the crowd. Moments earlier, Suárez managed to get the better of Ramos and break to the byline, but his cut-back was a smidgeon too heavy for Roberto.
10' Real Madrid have grabbed Barcelona by the shoulders, and aggressively shook them in these first ten minutes. That early goal goes a long way to closing the tie, and it doesn't look like Barça will keep it down to one goal conceded, let alone score enough to lift the cup.
8' ¡Pañolada klaxon! A few white hankies are out in protest at Cristiano Ronaldo's five-match ban, but it seems most are a) ambivalent or b) using tissues these days.
6' Lucas Vazqúez gets his head up in the right channel and looks to cross the ball. He kicks the ball with his standing foot, but manages to retain possession, and Umtiti concedes a foul in the corner. Kroos, hands on hips, waits to deliver.
5' Ter Stegen left that, as if he thought it was going over. In his defence, it did dip very late. Phwoar, what a lovely shape that shot had on it. Salivation aplenty in AS Towers.
4' GOL GOL GOL! He's done it again! Asensio finds space on the edge of the box and curls a left-footed peach in to the top corner. Ter Stegen rooted to the spot.
2' barça blink first. Marcelo curls a ball down the line for Asensio. He cuts the ball back to an onrushing Modric, who pokes the ball towards goal with this outside of his right boot. A combination of Ter Stegen and Piqué get in the way and the visitors clear.
2' It is immediately clear that Barça line up with a three-man defence made up of Mascherano, Piqué, and Umtiti. They're in possession, but coming under pressure from Madrid's scampering forwards.
1' Suárez sweeps the ball back to the midfield, and El Clásico is underway!
A friendly wink from Sergio Ramos to Messi during the coin toss. That'll be the end of the pleasantries.
Here come the teams. The club anthem rings out in the background...
The atmosphere is beginning to simmer in the Bernabéu. The Madrid team is being read out, and the teams are gathering in the tunnel. A hearty serving of high-fives for the mascots gathered along the side.
Sevilla have beaten Basaksehir in Istanbul, with goals from Escudero and Ben Yedder. All Spanish football attention now switches to Madrid...
The referee this evening is Señor Sánchez Martínez. Diario AS' resident ex-ref, Eduardo Iturralde, thinks the pressure is on him after the controversial officiating in the first leg at Camp Nou.
The reason the kick off is so late this evening, is that domestic matches can't overlap with European competition... Over in the Champions League at the moment, Sevilla are leading Basaksehir 1-2 in Istanbul.
When Messi and Ronaldo come together. The shot that never gets old.
The teams are out on the billiards-table-esque turf for their warm ups. White shirts are gradually beginning to fill the stadium, covering up the blue plastic seats. Sergio Ramos is dishing out high-fives to anyone within touching distance.
Here is a full breakdown of the team news from this evening. Zidane and Valverde have both made considerable tweaks.
A reminder that Real Madrid supporters will be staging a pañolada protest this evening, which involves everyone getting out a white hanky and waving it around. They're irritated by the five-match ban handed to Cristiano Ronaldo for getting sent off and then pushing the referee. It's ridiculous - haven't people switched to the far more hygienic tissue option yet?
For Barcelona, it looks like a 3-5-2 formation, with Roberto and Alba operating as wing-backs.
There are a few surprising selections from Zinedine Zidane, although perhaps less so given his willingness to place faith in the 'second string'. Bale, Isco, and Casemiro drop to the bench. The coach may be reluctant to select those players three times in a week, with the LaLiga opener against Deportivo coming up on Sunday.
Barça XI: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Gomes, Busquets, Rakitic, Roberto; Suárez, Messi.
Real Madrid XI: Keylor; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Kovacic, Kroos; Lucas V, Benzema, Asensio.
Within that run of matches, Barça don't have to go back far to find inspiration for a comeback. In 2015, they ran out 0-4 winners in Madrid, with goals from Suárez (2), Neymar, and Iniesta.
To frame that statistic another way, Barcelona have found the net in their last ten matches at the Bernabéu.
You have to go back to 2006 for the last time that Barcelona failed to score at the Bernabéu. Raúl and Van Nistelrooy scored in a 2-0 home win in October of that year.
Zinedine Zidane has left Borja Mayoral and Marcos Llorente out of Real Madrid's squad this evening. It is a crucial season for the latter, having returned from a fruitful loan spell at Alavés, and another loan may be in the offing if he continues to watch Los Blancos from the stands. Real Betis were interested earlier in the summer, but have since signed Javi García from Zenit St Petersburg, who operates in the same defensive midfield role.
Lionel Messi holds all the records when it comes to the Spanish Super Cup. He has scored the most goals (13), scored in seven different years, and scored in four consecutive Super Cups (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Barcelona (12) are the team with the most Spanish Super Cups (since its current incarnation in 1982). Real Madrid (9) are next in line. There's quite a drop-off after that, to Deportivo La Coruña with three.
From 1947 to 1953, the Spanish Super Cup was called the Copa Eva Duarte, as a tribute to Eva Perón, the wife of deified former-Argentina president Juan Domingo Perón. The Argentine and Spanish governments enjoyed friendly relations at the time, and Eva herself visited Spain in 1947. She remains an iconic figure in Argentina due to her prolific social work, and true to reputation, 'Evita' used that 16-day trip in '47 to provide the Spanish people with five million tonnes of food.
It's a particularly late kick-off this evening, even by Spanish standards. The game will get going at 23:00 in Madrid. The reason for that is to ensure that the Super Cup doesn't overlap with the Champions League matches that are kicking off at 20:45 (CEST) this evening. Football federations from each European country have an agreement with UEFA that domestic matches will not clash with European matches.
Work to extend the Grada de Animación at the Bernabéu was completed recently with an extra 500 seats added during the summer to allow that section of the stand to house a total of 2,000 supporters. More vocal support for Zidane's team this evening.
Ernesto Valverde could be swayed to play with three centre-backs tonight - Piqué, Untiti and Mascherano, with Jordi Alba and Aleix Vidal on either flank. If El Txingurri does go 3-5-2, he will likely deploy Sergi Roberto, Rakitic and Busquets in midfield with Suárez and Messi up front.
As long as the game doesn't go to extra-time (i.e. if Barça lead 1-3 on the whistle), tonight's Supercup return leg will finish on Thursday, just before 01:00 am. To accomodate fans either watching the match at the ground or in bars, Madrid's metro have kindly extended running time of the underground network by half an hour with the last train leaving its depot at 02:00 hours. If we have extra-time and penalties, fans might have to walk home...
More images from Plaza Mayor in Madrid this afternoon with fans from both clubs mingling in the hours leading up to the match. While the rivalry on the pitch is fierce, there's never any trouble before or after El Clásico.
Dani Carvajal told reporters yesterday that regardless of how many spats he and Luis Suárez have on the field of play, it's all forgotten about when the final whistle is blown. "In the Clásicos tensions are high, so it's normal that there are scuffles and exhanges. Madrid's players and Barça's know that whatever goes on is left on the pitch - because are all colleagues in the same profession, playing the same sport".
The refereeing debate following Sunday's first leg was relatively tame in comparison to the 1968 Copa del Generalísimo final between Madrid and Barça. The match official on that day was Antonio Rigo Sureda who, when he waved away two penalty appeals from Madrid - including 'a dive' by Fernando Serena, was pelted with bottles from the Bernabéu stands. That final became known as La Final de las botellas.
This will be the fifth time that the Santiago Bernabéu has hosted a final between Real Madrid and Barça. The Catalans lifted the Copa del Generalísimo in the famous 'bottles' final in Chamartín in 1968. Madrid won the other three previous finals - all in the Spanish Supercup, in 1990, 1998 and 2012.
The last available tickets for the match were snapped up yesterday meaning that the first official game of the new season at the Bernabéu will be a sell-out.
Good afternoon! Join us for the latest build-up ahead of kick-off!
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