Barca left floundering as gap to Madrid grows

Barca left floundering as gap to Madrid grows

Cristiano Ronaldo can't stop making headlines, but a stunning goal, a topless celebration, and a red card - all in just 23 minutes - was quite the cameo even for the Real Madrid star.

The reports says that Los Blancos are expecting to hold an official event to present the new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu following the two-legged Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona to be played on 13 and 16 August.

Luis Suarez just fell in the box of Real Madrid, but it seems that the intensity of the contact with Keylor Navas just wasn't that high.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Saturday he will sign a contract extension in the near future with the club he has guided to back-to-back Champions League titles.

Barcelona will try to take inspiration from their win over Real Madrid in the El Clasico last month while Real will come into this confident after having defeated Manchester United in the Super Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo was at the heart of the action at the Camp Nou despite only appearing as a second-half substitute, scoring a sensational goal and being controversially sent off. In the 76th minute, they got an unplanned gift, when the referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea awarded them a pretty suspicious penalty kick.

"We've had a good pre-season and we are coming into the game in good condition".

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There was speculation over whether Neymar would be eligible to make his debut so soon after his $263 million world record transfer.

With Neymar gone, Barcelona will look to Lionel Messi to repeat his outstanding performance from the last competitive "clasico" played against Madrid in April.

The prolific Portuguese forward had scored his side's second goal with an emphatic strike moments earlier, and that goal was followed by an equally brilliant Marco Asensio effort late on.

Barcelona played its first match without Neymar on Monday in a friendly against Brazilian side Chapecoense.

"We're fighting for a trophy and this is an important step".

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