Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo had an eventful evening during the latest episode of El Classico at the Spanish Super Cup meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday night.
The Portuguese Superstar scored a goal, was sent off and then pushed the referee, an action that could lead to further disciplinary sanctions from the authorities.
Ronaldo was introduced in the 58th minute with Real Madrid leading 1-0 through a Gerard Pique own goal.
Barcelona conceded an own-goal from Gerard Pique early it the second half before Lionel Messi equalised from the spot after Luis Suarez was controversially fouled.
Cristiano Ronaldo then got sent off after a second yellow card for allegedly diving. The referee had felt that he threw himself to the ground in a challenge with Samuel Umtiti and quickly brandished a second yellow card.
Frustrated with the decision, Ronaldo turned round to protest to the referee, pushing the official in the back before storming off to the sidelines.
Ronaldo will now definitely miss the second leg of the Super Cup which comes up on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Despite being one-man down, the visitors scored a third goal through Marco Asensio to take a 3-1 lead in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
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Taking Neymar’s place in the starting XI for the Catalans was Gerard Deulofeu, a player who failed to make it at Everton and had little impact on loan at AC Milan last season
Barcelona used a buy-back clause to bring him back from Everton earlier in the summer and with the club failing to yet land transfer targets Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, he was given his chance against Real Madrid.
Barca are growing increasingly confident they can lure the 25-year-old to Spain and believe a final offer of £137m will convince Liverpool to cash in.
Liverpool FC were forced to release a statement over Coutinho’s future by insisting that he will be a Reds player when the transfer window shuts.
It reads in parts:
“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”