El Clasico never fails to disappoint.
It’s befitting that when arguably Europe’s two biggest clubs collide that goals, drama and excitement arrive in tandem. Even when the stakes are as low as the Spanish Super Cup, you can guarantee yourself a thriller.
The latest installment of the saga hasn’t disappointed. In spite of a goalless first half, a comical Gerard Pique own goal soon sparked the affair into life.
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With Barcelona trailing, the Catalans began to press their rivals with Lionel Messi assuming the role of orchestrator in chief.
And with 75 minutes on the clock, it was the Argentine that smuggled Barcelona back into the game. A delightful pass into the Real Madrid penalty area played Luis Suarez clean through on goal.
However, Keylor Navas sprinted from his goal line to try and intercept the pass and thwart Suarez. In his attempt, though, he felled Suarez – sending the Uruguayan flaying over the byline.
On first viewing it’s hard to tell whether the ex-Liverpool man was up to his usual tricks or whether he had been genuinely fouled.
It’s fair to say that’s a debate on which the referee and Sergio Ramos have differing opinions. Despite a penalty eventually being awarded, Real Madrid’s captain was sure to pay Suarez a visit.
With the 30-year-old still reeling off the pitch, Ramos attempted to pick him up on the assumption he was faking the pain. However, with the Barcelona forward refusing to relent, he simply threw him to the ground.
The remarkable incident can be seen below:
It’s classic Ramos and an episode met with instant karma. Messi swept the ball home to level the scores even if the Los Blancos skipper evaded punishment.
There was sound logic behind the Spaniard’s disgust with his rival holding something of a reputation for simulation. That being said, there can be no denying that he took things too far.
Nevertheless, it was Ramos who had the last laugh as Real Madrid hit back in style. Cristiano Ronaldo regained the lead for Zinedine Zidane’s men with a screamer from the left flank, only to be sent off minutes later.
The Ballon d’Or winner did his best Ramos impression with a controversial shove on the referee who awarded him a yellow card for removing his shirt earlier in the game.
Marco Asensio severed any hopes of Barcelona exposing the man advantage with a third for the visitors, another scorcher past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
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