Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo copies Lionel Messi celebration, pushes referee

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 15, 2017

Zinedine Zidane was left annoyed by Cristiano Ronaldo's dismissal in the Supercopa de Espana victory at Barcelona, insisting the red card was harsh on the Real Madrid star.

Those on Twitter couldn't help but point out Barcelona had failed to fill the Neymar shaped hole with a fitting replacement.

Tackling a Barcelona team shorn of Neymar's talents would certainly seem to be an easier prospect than one with him, but Zidane cautioned against taking anything for granted.

"We are Barca and we want the best possible team", he said.

Especially the second half when literally everything important had occurred. Umtiti leans into Ronaldo, who goes down easily, and the referee isn't standing for it.

If Barcelona hope to ever reclaim European dominance, they have to be just as pragmatic, and pick their battles carefully, beginning tonight with a strong Supercup showing at the Camp Nou that will undoubtedly boost confidence heading into the new season.

Zidane's charges broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half, as Gerard Pique turned Marcelo's cross into his own net.

Immediately the hosts started pressuring even more. He responded by following the referee and shoving him with his right hand.

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Nevertheless, the Uruguayan worldwide used it in the best possible way, and the official was convinced with his acting. Or will Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi suffer without their trusted sidekick?

Cristiano Ronaldo, who had stepped in, in the dying minutes of the game during the Super Cup game, would be expecting a full 90 minutes of play tonight.

Ronaldo then finished off a fine counter attack before the talented Marco Asensio bagged Real Madrid's third.

During his warm up the spectators at Camp Nou were booing and chanting songs in order to provoke the Portuguese.

One fan took it upon himself to completely cross the divide, merging both teams and declaring his joint support, not in the form of a hybrid scarf. but a shirt.

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Ultimately, the totally opposite thing happened.

"I'm not anxious. There are not many players like Neymar".

Any potential signing at the Camp Nou probably won't arrive until after the Spanish Super Cup double header against Los Blancos over the next few days, but Zidane has suggested Barca will find it rather hard to replace Neymar.

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