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  • Real Madrid take 3-1 lead heading into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Gerard Pique own goal gave visitors the lead before Lionel Messi equalised from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was brought down by Keylor Navas.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a wonderful second and was booked after taking off his shirt in celebration.
  • Three minutes later he was shown a second yellow card for simulation after going down while through on goal.
  • Marco Asensio settled the first-leg with a stunning effort a minute from time.
  • Second leg to follow in the Spanish capital on Wednesday (16 August).

What an explosive end to the first Clasico of the season. Let's hope for more of the same on Wednesday for the second leg.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Full-time: Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid

What a strike from Asensio! He's just killed off Barcelona here with a goal that might just outshine Ronaldo's. Lucas Vasquez leads a counter attack with three Barcelona defenders ahead of him and Asensio his only support. He finds the 22-year-old who takes a touch just outside the box before unleashing a stunning left-footed drive into the top corner. And I mean right in the top corner; impossible to save.

Goal! Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid (Marco Asensio, 89)

After that red, Ronaldo clearly shoved the referee as he made his protests. He could pay for that.

He was on the pitch for 21 minutes in all. That was some cameo.

SCENES! Ronaldo is gone! He thinks he has a penalty after going down inside the Barcelona box under pressure from Umtiti, but the referee decides it was a dive. Having been booked a moment ago for whipping off his shirt in celebration, another for simulation means he is gone!

RED CARD - Cristiano Ronaldo

What a strike from Ronaldo! Barcelona have a chance of their own but Real are able to break at pace with Isco sliding a perfect pass through for his teammate from just inside his own half. He cuts inside as we have seen him do so many times, dragging it inside Pique before unleashing a wonderful strike into the top corner.

Of course, the shirt is off as he celebrates.

Goal! Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 79)

Barcelona nearly get a second! Messi elegantly skips past a couple of challenges as he drives through the heart of Real Madrid before slipping the ball through for Luis Suarez. He looks to the far corner, but drags his effort just wide.

No mistake from Lionel Messi, he sweeps the ball into the bottom corner, sending Navas the wrong way.

Goal! Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (Lionel Messi, 76)

The ball breaks to Suarez in the box and he gets the first touch to knock it past the onrushing Navas. Suarez goes down and the referee points to the spot!

PENALTY - Barcelona

What a miss from Busquets! Denis does well to force the ball across the face of goal but the midfielder lifts his shot clean over the bar from six yards out!

Luis Suarez won't be too happy with Denis Suarez after that. Slid through by Luis, Denis opted for a shot, attempting to curl one into the far corner. He gets it all wrong however and lifts it harmlessly into Navas' arms when the pass to his namesake was on.

Ronaldo has the ball in the back of the net! Moments after Marcelo stung the palms of ter-Stegen with a vicious drive, the Portuguese star is slipped through to slide on past the Barcelona goalkeeper but he was stood half a yard offside.

Bale lifts another cracking cross into box with Ronaldo standing there with his back to the goal. There is only one thing on his mind; he attempts a spectacular bicycle kick but the connection isn't right and he slices over.

Kovacic won't be able to continue here, he's jarred his ankle after his studs got caught in the turf. Marco Asensio comes onto replace him for the final 20 minutes.

Iniesta meanwhile has come off too with Sergi Roberto replacing the Barcelona maestro.

Varane almost does a Pique as he pokes Suarez's cross dangerously close to his own goal. He breathes a sigh of relief as it bounces out for a corner.

Kroos pounces on a loose ball and drives forward, looking for Ronaldo who is breaking to his left. He gets the ball and drives inside the box, dropping a shoulder looking for room to shoot but Pique stands him up well and forces the corner.

Real come forward again and Bale swings a peach of a cross into the box from the right for Isco, but he can't direct his header on target. Isco has been sensational at times this evening, but probably wouldn't be your first choice player to have in that position.

Barcelona will make their first change too with Deulofeu coming off for Denis Suarez.

Boos ring out around the Nou Camp which can only mean one thing; Ronaldo time. He comes on to replace Benzema with just over half an hour to play.

How have Real Madrid not scored a second!? Brilliant from Benzema as he breaks into the box, dropping a couple of stepovers before bursting past Vidal . He angles a wonderful pass over to Carvajal who has emerged from nowhere for the tap in but Alba flings himself across brilliantly to make a spectacular block. Outstanding defending.

Barcelona close to an equaliser! Vidal first dribbles an inviting ball across the face of goal looking for Messi but it just out of his reach. Deulofeu picks up the pieces and instead of shooting from a tough angle, looks again for Messi in the middle. Again however it's not quite accurate enough and the Argentine cannot reach it.

Oh dear, Gerard. Marcelo works space for himself brilliantly out on the left and pings an inviting cross into the six yard area. Pique gambles and sticks out a leg, unsure if Benzema or Bale are lurking behind him, but proceeds to poke it past his own goalkeeper. A mortifying moment for the man who bleeds Barca.

Goal! Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona (Gerard Pique own goal, 49)

Deulofeu looks to have moved into a more central position at the start of the second half with Suarez shifting out to the left. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has begun to warm up on the sidelines, which would explain the boos cascading down around the Nou Camp.

Here we go, Real Madrid get us back underway for the second half.

Half-time: Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

Five yellow cards, no goals in the first 45.

One last chance, well, half-a chance, for Bale as the first half draws to a close. A cross comes in from the right with the Welshman creeping in at the far post but he gets his header all wrong and nuts it well over the bar.

Two yellows in quick succession for Real Madrid; Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal, the latter cautioned for a crunching challenge on Iniesta.

Messi delightfully skips past Casemiro with some absurd footwork before he is eventually crowded out by a posse of Real players. Casemiro briefly comes away with it before he is caught with a double crunching challenge from Busquets and Messi. Some payback from earlier on? Most certainly. Messi walks away with a yellow card.

Brilliant stuff from Kovacic who helps nullify a Barcelona attack before prompting a slick one-two on the edge of his own box to lead the counter attack. He drives over the half way line and tries to thread a pass through for Bale but Umtiti is quick enough to get their first.

Messi, Rakitic and Suarez almost combine brilliantly to spring the latter clear inside the box but Carvajal comes across with the rest of his defence all at sea to make a crucial interception and force the ball out for a corner.

Brave goalkeeping from Navas who prevents Messi from latching onto a cross from Alba after he was wonderfully picked out by Iniesta. Another Barcelona corner.

No goals yet after half an hour as both sides try to click into gear.

The corner comes in and Pique opts to try a Maradona, deliberately handling the ball towards goal and sending the ball just wide. He gets a yellow card for that pretty blatant effort.

Alba's disappointing cross manages to win Barcelona a corner when it bounces off Carvajal. That last venture forward by the home side was sparked by a sensational through ball from Messi from his own half to find Deulofeu, but the Spaniard was unable to drive forward and take advantage.

Nope, not quite, the Barcelona no.10 can't get it back down in time to trouble Navas.

Messi is on the end of another strong challenge; this time it is Bale who barges across him, sending the diminutive Argentine into Ramos who gives him a shove for good measure. Can Messi get revenge from the resulting free kick?

A series of meaty-looking challenges conclude with Casemiro crashing through Messi with a wild, mistimed tackle. The Brazilian picks up the first yellow of the game. Who would have guessed?

Isco suddenly has the ball in the box, twisting and turning to try cut inside Vidal, who cuts back out again and aims for the near post, but he can only find the side netting.

Umtiti shows how good both sides of his game are within the space of a minute, first finding Messi with a superb pass before keeping his cool inside his own box to dispossess Bale before winning a free kick for himself.

Messi gets the ball with his back to goal and is immediately swarmed by dark green Real Madrid shirts, but has time to thread a ball through for Deulofeu down the inside left channe. Real's offside trap works perfectly however and catches the Spaniard out.

Messi and Suarez have tried a couple of combinations that haven't quite come off, the latest dealt with Ramos who snuffed out the danger as Messi let the ball slide through his legs for this teammate.

First effort on goal tonight for Barcelona comes from Luis Suarez. He sneaks in behind the Real backline to reach a ball sent over the top and hits it on the half volley but it isn't troubling Navas who makes an easy save.

Isco is everywhere at the moment, Zidane looks to have given him the freedom to go where ever he likes this evening with Bale and Benzema playing as a front two ahead of him.

Alba races down the flank but is well marshalled by Carvajal who sticks the ball out for a corner kick with a well-timed sliding challenge. Messi swings in the corner looking for Pique but Ramos gets their first to nut it clear.

Isco makes a fool out of Rakitic and then Busquets in the space of a few seconds with some superb footwork in the middle of the park before spreading play over to the right.

Ter-Stegen's pass out from the back is a wayward one and it is intercepted by Isco into the path of Kovacic who goes for the first-time lob with the goalkeeper off his line, but there isn't enough pace on it and ter-Stegen can scamper back and collect.


Here we go! Barcelona get us underway in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ahead of their Spanish Super Cup clash, it would appear Barcelona have made their first signing since the departure of Neymar. Philippe Coutinho? Nope. Ousmane Dembele? Try again.

It's former Tottenham Hotspur misfit Paulinho. The Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder is ready to return to Europe with his club manager Luiz Felipe Scolari confirming the move this evening.

"Paulinho is a player with high individual quality, he is an outstanding player, both for his club and for the national team.

"The high price paid by Barcelona in order to sign him is a strong recognition of Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club. We wish him all the best and that he can embrace a bright future."

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Kick-off is edging ever closer; here's another look at how the two sides are lining up tonight.

Barcelona team to face Real Madrid: Ter-Stegen, Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Deulofeu

Subs: Cillessen, Semedo, Denis Suarez, Mascherano, Alcacer, Digne, Roberto

Real Madrid team to face Barcelona: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Kovacic, Isco, Bale,Benzema

Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Ronaldo, Theo Hernandez, Lucas, Asensio, Ceballos

Lionel Messi scored twice against Real Madrid the last time these two met in April - a crucial showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu where the Argentine's 500th for the club briefly put his side back in control of the La Liga title race.

Messi's record against Los Blancos speaks for itself - 23 goals in 34 games. Quite simply, he lives for this fixture.

Lionel Messi

While Barcelona get ready for their first test without Neymar, the most expensive player on the planet is making his debut for Paris Saint-Germain. The French giants are in action against Guingamp in the opening match of the Ligue 1 campaign tonight where it is goalless after 35 minutes.

So what's the story behind Ronaldo's absence tonight? Well, there isn't one, really. The Portugal international was given a prolonged break following his country's Confederations Cup campaign in Russia and was only fit enough to play seven minutes of the European Super Cup victory over Manchester United last Tuesday/ Zinedine Zidane is simply easing him back in.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused by the state of knowingly failing to pay up to €14.7m in ta Getty

At the moment, Gerard Deulofeu has no real competition for that spot on the left of Barcelona's attacking three. He can have Borussia Dortmund to thank for that, with the German club rejecting Barcelona's bid to bring Ousmane Dembele to the club.

But whatever the Catalan giants have in mind for the final weeks of the transfer window, this is a huge opportunity for Deulofeu to make a claim for a regular first-team role.

Gerard Deulofeu

The big news from the Real Madrid perspective; Cristiano Ronaldo is left on the bench. The Portugal international was left out of the starting XI for Real's European Super Cup clash with Barcelona last Tuesday following his late return to pre-season and that is where he remains tonight with Isco joining Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema up front.

With Luka Modric serving a suspension, his compatriot Mateo Kovačić is the man chosen to fill the midfield void.

Gerard Deulofeu is tasked with filling the void left by Neymar this evening; he joins Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as part of that front three. That's a rather strange statement when you consider the fact he was allowed to leave Everton at the start of the year because he couldn't get a game.

Andres Iniesta takes a place in the midfield three to captain the side despite missing training on Thursday. Aleix Vidal, recovered from the ankle injury he suffered last season, displaces Sergi Roberto at right-back with Nelson Semedo left on the bench.

Real Madrid team to face Barcelona

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Team news: Real Madrid:

Zinedine Zidane's biggest headache will be finding a replacement for Luka Modric, who is suspended tonight due to a red card he received in the Spanish Super Cup three years ago.

Modric, 31, was given a one-game suspension after being sent off during the Spanish Super Cup played between Los Blancos and Atletico Madrid in August 2014.

The former Tottenham Hotspur maestro has been unable to serve that suspension since then as Real have not played in the competition since losing to Atletico – with the ban only applying to this fixture. The Spanish Federation have therefore ruled he must now serve the ban on Sunday. Mateo Kovacic or new summer signing Dani Ceballos could replace the Croatia international

Barcelona will have their first opportunity tonight to dispel any notions that Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain will see them fall further behind arch-rivals Real Madrid.

The £198m move that rocked football still has the Catalan giants scrambling around for a replacement but so far attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been met with firm resistance by Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Ernesto Valverde will, for now, have to find the solution within his own squad, starting tonight in the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp. We'll have all your team news coming up shortly.