UEFA Super Cup—Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Score: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
Half-time: RM—2—0 Barca
Goals: Real—Asensio 4, Benzema 39
Possession: Real 53.4%, Barca 46.6%
Shots at/on Goal: Real 14/5, Barca 12/3
Sound bite: Real was clicking on all cylinders; Barca was looking for the key.
Turning Point: Marco Asensio hits a screamer (4’) from 35 yards out putting the game out of Barca’s reach as they would have needed to score four to win.
Formations: Real—4-3-3, Barca—3-5-2
Rosters: Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kovacic (Casemiro 62), Modric, Kroos (Ceballos 80); Lucas Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio (Hernandez 75). Suspended: Ronaldo. Substitutes not used: Casilla, Nacho, Isco, Bale. Booked: none Barca—Ter Stegen, Pique (Semedo 50), Rakitic, Sergio, Suarez, Messi, Mascherano, Alba (Digne 78), S. Roberto, André Gomes (Deulofeu 72), Umtiti. Substitutes not used: Cillessen, Alcacer, Vidal, D. Suarez. Booked: Suarez, Mascherano.
FP La Liga ranking: Real—10, Barca—10
FP-CRI- Zidane-2, FP-CMI-Valverde-2
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Weather: 82F/28C/27% Humidity
Referee Team: Referee— Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, Assistant referees:
Cabanero Martínez, Gallego García, Fourth official: Gallego Gambín.
Fouls Committed: Real 25—32 Barca
Fouls Called: Real 10—12 Barca
Yellow Cards: Real 0—2 Barca
Red Cards: Real 0—0 Barca
Game Summary: A one sided contest, with Real Madrid playing confidently and without a care. Asensio’s early shocker of a golazo effectively put the game out of Barca’s reach and made it easy for Real to take it to their archrivals. The game offered few moments of honest doubt about the final result and younger Real players had a chance to make an impression while Ronaldo watched from his box seat. It was sad to watch a rudderless Barca unable to find their game.