Earlier, Lionel Messi's penalty had cancelled out Gerard Pique's own goal as Barca failed to get the early season boost they needed after losing Brazilian star Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee. The sides will meet again in Madrid for the second-leg on Wednesday.
Asensio Scored full RM debut Scored league debut Scored Champions League debut Scored Copa Del Rey debut Now scored Spanish Super Cup debut— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) August 13, 2017
Gerard Piqué's own goal is the first ever in a Supercopa match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Can't escape the spotlight. pic.twitter.com/gBzcDsNJa1 — Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 13, 2017Without Neymar, Barca struggled to find their rhythm going forward as Gerard Deulofeu failed to impress in the role alongside Messi and Luis Suarez up front. Suarez had the host's best effort of a timid opening half when his driven low volley was collected at the second attempt by Keylor Navas. At the other end Marc-Andre ter Stegen's only serious save of the first period came when Gareth Bale's effort from Isco's dangerous cross was turned over.
Real immediately upped a gear at the start of the second period and were rewarded with the opening goal in a manner that would have delighted most Real fans. Pique is often Real's chief aggravator, but the Spanish international was left embarrassed as he turned Marcelo's delivery past the helpless Ter Stegen into his own net.
Marco Asensio, the one Barcelona should have gone for. €80m buy out clause...it's just that Real have agreed new contract with a €350 clause pic.twitter.com/2DRQOmMDmf— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 13, 2017
Gerard Pique's own goal means that Real Madrid have now scored in each of their last 67 matches since April 2016 pic.twitter.com/SV9BogeDLX — Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 13, 2017Only an incredible goal line clearance from Jordi Alba then prevented Dani Carvajal from doubling Real's advantage seconds later as the game began to open up. Ronaldo had been kept in reserve by Zinedine Zidane having missed most of pre-season after his participation in the Confederations Cup with Portugal, but was finally introduced for an action-packed cameo appearance on the hour mark. With Mateo Kovacic also replaced by Asensio, Messi was given more licence to create and led Barca back into the game as Sergio Busquets somehow blazed over from close range before Messi stung the palms of Navas.
Lionel Messi has now scored 24 competitive goals in El Clasico; more than any other player in history. Tucked away. pic.twitter.com/rRUgR612xn — Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 13, 2017The Argentine eventually got on the scoresheet from the penalty spot after Navas was adjudged to have brought down Suarez inside the area 13 minutes from time. However, Real took just three minutes to retake the lead in stunning fashion as Ronaldo cut inside Pique before curling into the top corner.
SAVAGE: @Cristiano Ronaldo recreates Lionel Messi's shirt celebration. ?? pic.twitter.com/GRUoUlDHW7 — SPORF (@Sporf) August 13, 2017The World Player of the Year was booked for taking off his shirt in celebration. And that was to prove very costly just two minutes later when he saw a second yellow card for diving as he went down under a challenge from Samuel Umtiti inside the area. However, rather than offer Barca route back into the tie, Real all but assured they will lift the Super Cup for a 10th time when Asensio blasted into the top corner from the edge of the box as the game entered stoppage time. RESULT, 1st leg Barcelona 1 (Messi 77-P) Real Madrid 3 (Pique 50-og, Ronaldo 80, Asensio 90)