Bale dropped by Zidane despite Ronaldo ban

Arnold Nichols
August 17, 2017

Bookmakers Betfair are offering punters 11/8 for Madrid to win tonight, with Barca priced at 19/10.

39' - GOAL! Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona.

Los Blancos went Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio in attack against Barca, who switched to three at the back and Lionel Messi in a front two with Luis Suarez.

Madrid hold a 3-1 first leg lead as they look set to claim a seventh trophy of Zidane's short reign. Asensio's goal was ridiculous, a masterpiece of chutzpah and technique. He took a touch, steadied himself and launched a "folha seca" right into the far top corner. Real Madrid have ten days to appeal the suspension, according to the Mirror.

With Barcelona stunned, a second goal was coming. Umtiti is there, looking at the ball.

Messi barely figured in the first half by his lofty standards, but he did manage to get in behind with only Keylor to beat, although the goalkeeper smothered the danger. "(This is) not the way to express yourself and even less so from inside the club, singling out a player".

The Bernabeu faithful superbly welcomed Gerard Pique to the Spanish capital with ironic chants of "Se queda, se queda" in reference to his ill-advised tweet about Neymar.

71' - NAVAS SAVE - Suarez dinks in a pass for Roberto, but Navas is out quickly to save. There is widespread sympathy for the former Blaugrana winger, whose job has been made extra hard by the Camp Nou hierarchy's disastrous summer transfer market.

Real Madrid have won the Supercopa de Espana for a 10th time thanks to a convincing 5-1 aggregate victory against arch-rivals Barcelona.

The midfield played 68 minutes of the first leg at the Nou Camp on Sunday night but picked up the problem in his right thigh and will miss out. Wednesday should have been billed as a celebration of such success, but instead the absence of Ronaldo overshadowed nearly all of the build-up.

In today's El Clasico match, Super Star Cristiano Ronaldo will not play as he was suspended from playing next 5 matches for pushing referee during the first leg. There were whoops of delight from the majority of the 75,167 crowd as Dani Carvajal nutmegged Suarez, moments before Modric outfoxed Andre Gomes.

The 32-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in the match, and scored a sensational goal to put Madrid 2-1 up, before he was booked for taking his shirt off to celebrate.

Down on the sideline Zidane watched impassively, with just the hint of a smile, as around him fans celebrated joyously. "It should be analysed a little more".

"It was an unlucky incident", Busquets said a news conference ahead of Wednesday's second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

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