Zidane Annoyed With Ronaldo's Red Card

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: In today's Spanish Supercopa match, Barcelona meets Real Madrid (El Clasico) at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia.

Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's return leg of the Super Cup in Madrid plus the first four matches of the Spanish league season.

Still regaining peak fitness after an extended summer vacation, Ronaldo began the Super Cup match on the bench, and came on in the 58th minute.

A week later, Asensio was one of the more experienced players in a rotated Madrid side that travelled to third tier La Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa for a Copa del Rey last-32 first leg.

Ronaldo and Madrid have 10 days to appeal the federation's ruling.

"We played a great game, but what annoyed me was Cristiano Ronaldo's dismissal". "Maybe it wasn't a penalty, but the card is a bit too much".

It will be interesting to see how Barca line up under their new manager, but home supporters will be sad to see the end of the MSN trio, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez forced to adapt to a new system. We have the game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Real Madrid defeated Manchester United in UEFA Cup to maintain their status as the best club in Europe.

Elsewhere Andres Iniesta, so often vital to Barcelona's success, is now 33 and starting to show his age, while others such as Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets are now in their tenth season with the first team.

"What [Asensio] is doing does not surprise me", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Sunday night.

"We don't like to lose, especially against Madrid, and especially when there is a title at stake", Valverde said.

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.

Since Neymar's dramatic departure, Barcelona has been desperately seeking a worthy replacement on the player market, with Paulo Dybala, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Phillipe Coutinho all linked with a potential move to the Catalan club. It was caught off-balance in defense on goals by second-half substitutes Ronaldo and Asensio scored on the break.

Gareth Bale had only scored one goal in seven Clasicos, and he was close to adding to his tally when he drove the ball on target in Barca's box, only for Ter Stegen to tip his effort over.

However, Madrid took just three minutes to retake the lead in stunning fashion as Ronaldo cut inside Pique before curling into the top corner.

Zidane was asked about the deal in his lunchtime press conference ahead of Sunday's first leg of the Spanish Supercup away to FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou Stadium, as media reports suggest.

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