Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo cops five-match ban for pushing referee

Ceballos could make Real Madrid debut in El Clasico

Real Madrid beat the Catalan giants in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou but the new coach is very confident his side can stage a come back.

"Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro - having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of his disagreement", the Basque official wrote.

Real Madrid's midfield, meanwhile, is now the best in the world and the hardest to break into, but Asensio will no doubt feature heavily this season.

Pique, who scored the victor in the pre-season Clasico in Miami and who has so often turned up the heat in the rivalry both on and off the pitch, inadvertently broke the deadlock by diverting Marcelo's cross into his own net.

After taking the first match 3-1, Real Madrid is position to win the Spanish Super Cup for the first time since 2012.

Meanwhile, some Madrid fans and pundits have suggested Ronaldo's second booking was unjust, particularly in light of the contentious penalty awarded in favour of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez in the same game.

Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets said: "A 3-1 defeat at home is very hard to take; the tie seems very tough for us now but we'll try and make a go of it, even though we've made it nearly impossible for us".

Ronaldo will be absent when Madrid begin their defence of La Liga on Sunday at Deportivo la Coruna as well as for home games against Valencia and Levante and a trip to Real Sociedad.

"When you change four players, and the dynamic of the team does not change. we are satisfied". I don't think the referee blows for something if he doesn't see anything, he would have seen it clearly.

"We don't like to lose, especially against Madrid, and especially when there is a title at stake", Valverde said. Summer signings Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos must have enjoyed their first Bernabeu outings as Madrid players as second-half subs.

However, it is obvious Barcelona have problems: the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain was a kick in the guts for the club; both in terms of loss of talent, but also in terms of confidence that as a club they are now vulnerable. His play put Barca on tenterhooks and upset their flow, even spooked them enough to allow Madrid instigate their own game-plan after a fairly uneventful opening 15 minutes.

"The play (Pique's own goal) was bad luck".

Barcelona's night to forget started when Pique slid to defend a cross by Marcelo, only to redirect the ball into the corner of his net.

Marco Asensio wrapped up the victory for 10-man Real with a brilliant finish in the 90th minute, condemning new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde to defeat in his first competitive match at the Nou Camp.

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