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RELIVE: Barcelona v Real Madrid (Spanish Super Cup)

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Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Aug 2017
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The referee blows his final whistle.. Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid

89' Asensio breaks on another counter and sends a rocketing ball in the right top corner, leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen helpless.

89' GOAAAAAAL for Real Madrid!! The third for Los Blancos

86' Barcelona players intensify their attacks to hit the net again.. Real keep a tightened defnce.

82' Zidane to deploy a qucik defensive strategy to keep the lead.

81' Ronaldo sent off after receiving another Yellow card. 

79' Ronaldo breaks through on the counter and fires on the top corner to give the lead again to Real.. What a day for Barca !!

79' GOAAAAL for Real Madrid.

77' Messi scores from a peanlty to restore the balance for Barcelona. 

77' GOAAAAL for Barcelona !!!

75' Suarez falls inside the area after a challenge with Navas .. A penalty for Barcelona.

73' Busquets sends the ball above the bar to miss a chance to score for Barcelona. It is not Barca's day untill now.

72' Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid, but the referee ruled it out for offside

70' Ronaldo attempts a volley kick but in vain.

67' Barcelona's Sergi Roberto replaces Iniesta.. Asensio replaces Kovacic on the other side.

65' Barcelona control the ball as Real's defence loses some concentration.

61' Quick impact from Real Star Ronaldo.. More pressure on Barcelona defence.

58' Navas superbly saves his net from a perfect header by Luis Suarez.

57' Zidane makes first substitution for Real Madrid.. Ronaldo replaces Benzema. Denis Suarez replaces Deulofeu on the other side.

56' A yellow card for Busquets.

54' Carvajal misses a real chance to double the score for Real Madrid.

52' Two successive counter attacks for Barcelona, but they fail to score the equalizer. 

49' Pique converts Mercelo's low cross into his own net.. What a bad luck for Barca.

49' GOOOOAL for Real Madrid!!!

47' A strong start from both teams. Every side looks for a first leg advantage.

46' Will Ronaldo be able to make the difference for Real Madrid after the break?

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle

44' Deulofeu sends a corss but Varane heads clear

42' Daniel Carvajal receives another yellow card. Real Madrid players play with more passion but the three yellow cards could cost their team a lot

40' A yellow card for Bale.

39' A yellow card for Barca star Messi.

36' Isco sends a low cross for Bale who misses a certain chance to score.

35' Barcelona trio Messi, Iniesta and Deulofeu put more pressure on Real Madrid.

32' Barcelona reach the goal in several occasions.. Real control the midfield.

27' A yellow card for Pique.

26' Barcelona is pressing, but no real threat yet.

24' Messi surprisingly sent a free kick over the bar.

23' Messi calls for a yellow card for Bale.

19' A yellow card for Real Madrid's Casemiro after a challenge on Messi.

16' Barcelona gradually gain more possession, but Real didn't lose hope.

15' No goals yet despite the intensive attacks by both teams.

13' Barcelona is trying to restore the balance.. Real's defence reamins alerted.

9' What a chance for Barcelona!!! Suarez was about to score the opener after facing the keeper alone but Real Madrid's Keylor Navas superply saved his goal.

6' Active duo Isco and Marcelo impose early threat on Barcelona as Real Madrid gets full control of the match

2' A strong start from Real Madrid but Bracelona is not such an easy opponent

The match gets underway!

21:30 On the other side, Valverde is hoping that Deulofeu will rise to expectations to fill the gap left by Neymar in Barca's attack.

21:10 Real Madrid coach Zidane kept the same line up that started against Man United last week. The only prominent change is deploying Kovacic as a replacement for suspended Modric

21:00 Starting line ups:

Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Pique, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Iniesta, I. Rakitić, Busquets, Aleix Vidal, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Deulofeu

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Daniel Carvajal, R. Varane, T. Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, M. Kovačić, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale

 

20:30 However, Modric's absence increases Cristiano Ronaldo's chances of returning to the Madrid starting XI after making just a brief cameo appearance as a substitute against his former club in Macedonia.

19:45 Mateo Kovacic is the favourite to replace his Croatian teammate in midfield.

19:00 Casemiro and Isco were on target as Madrid's midfield dazzled in Skopje, Macedonia, but Zidane will be forced into at least one change from the side that started in midweek as Luka Modric is suspended.

18:15 Madrid's relentless winning streak under Zinedine Zidane continued in midweek as Los Blancos beat Manchester United 2-1 to win the UEFA Super Cup 2-1.

17:50 Barca also edged last month's Miami friendly between the two in Neymar's last game for Barca 3-2.

17:00 Recent clashes between the two do favour Barca. The last time the sides met in competitive action back in April the Catalans emerged victorious at the Santiago Bernabeu even without the then suspended Neymar as Messi won an incredible encounter 3-2 with the last kick of the game.

16:00 "He is very good, he has had his holidays. "He worked very hard physically during his break and he is ready to play now. But we will see the team tomorrow," Zidane said on Saturday.

15:00 Top scorer and iconic forward Cristiano Ronaldo has only played for 15 minutes but he may be deployed from the start. It is a tacticial choice for Zidane who played a 4-4-2 formation against United with Isco playing behind strikers Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

14:00  Real Madrid have enjoyed a great start of the season after clinching the European Super Cup over Manchester United last week.

13:00 "For Neymar's absence I have a lot of players who are ready to play," Valverde told a news conference on Saturday. "You have to look forward, not back." Gerard Deulofeu has been used by the coach to complete the three-pronged attack in a 4-3-3 formation.

12:00 Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Spanish football season's opening act in the Super Cup, first leg on Sunday (2000GMT) needing to dispel doubts they have fallen further behind their rivals following Neymar's departure.

 

Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)

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