Ronaldo receives red card and shoves official after go-ahead goal

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

Valverde deflected questions about the Brazilian midfielder by saying that he won't be playing in Sunday evening's Supercopa de Espana match against Real Madrid.

After a convincing 3-1 win at the Camp Nou that has the Barcelonistas calling for their president to leave, the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Santiago Bernabeu shows no upside for Real Madrid.

Deulofeu is the preferred choice on Barca's left wing, with Neymar no more and Arda Turan not in the squad. So far, the club's attempts to pry away Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele have failed.

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

Ronaldo's 24-minute cameo was notable for his contribution to Real's victory-he scored an excellent goal-and the fact he was issued with two yellow cards before pushing the referee in reaction to his dismissal. They want to do their best, they are human and they make mistakes.

"We're all upset with the punishment as Cristiano is an important player for us".

For reasons presumably commercial, Madrid elected to wear their third kit - a blue number - which clashed horribly with Barcelona's home kit.

However, Barca did manage to beat Madrid without the then suspended Neymar the last time the sides met in competitive action back in April as Lionel Messi won an incredible encounter 3-2 with the last kick of the game.

"It's not the best way to express yourself and even less so from within the club, aimed at a player", Busquets said at the pre-match press conference.

"When your rivals win more than you, you have to turn the situation around", added Pique. Messi was given the chance to take his "clasico" goal record to 24 against Madrid when Luis Suarez was fouled by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Barcelona's cause has certainly been helped by Cristiano Ronaldo's five-game suspension, but Real have enormous bench strength and thus, are firm favourites to lift the title.

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