A slow first-half execution finished any expectation of a Barcelona rebound in the Supercopa de Espana, the Catalans tumbling to a 2-0 second-leg annihilation to lose 5-1 on total against Real Madrid.
Marco Asensio squandered no time as he astoundingly let go the home side in front following four minutes on Wednesday, with Madrid overwhelming a group as yet adjusting to life after Neymar.
Barca discovered objective scoring openings difficult to find and Karim Benzema outsmarted Samuel Umtiti to twofold Madrid’s lead on the night in no time before half-time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The features after the main leg were overwhelmed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational cameo, which finished in a five-coordinate boycott following his irritable push on the official, yet this was a completely proficient occupation from the European champions.
Barcelona enhanced after the interim – Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both hit the woodwork – yet their Neymar-less future remains a concerning work in advance for new supervisor Ernesto Valverde, as the club proceed with their quest for an appropriate and – on this proof – much-required substitution. Those endeavors may go up against more noteworthy desperation after Suarez seemed to stumble through the end stages.
With Ronaldo suspended and Gareth Bale and Isco on the seat, Lucas Vazquez and Asensio were chosen to flank Benzema in assault, and the last grabbed where he cleared out off toward the finish of Sunday’s first leg.
Having pounded home Madrid’s third from the edge of the container at Camp Nou, it took Asensio only four minutes to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen from much farther in Madrid, terminating in a superb 25-yard strike that left the German goalkeeper level footed.
While Madrid’s changed assaulting trident made a flying begin, the missing “N” in Barcelona’s “MSN” forward line was incredibly evident following 10 minutes.
Valverde decided on another look 3-5-2 development and Suarez maybe overlooked he was shorn of an assaulting friend when he squared for no one in the container.
Quick to coordinate the endeavors of his partner on the inverse flank, Vazquez twisted a shot against within the left-hand post not long after the half-hour stamp, as Barca attempted to make chances for Suarez and Messi.
Madrid got their merited second seven minutes from the break.
Benzema’s fast deduction uncovered Umtiti’s toiled safeguarding and the striker locked on to a Marcelo ball into the container to crush home from short proximity.
Keylor Navas – showing up – did not have a spare to make in the main half, however he demonstrated great responses to get down and catch a Suarez reduction ahead of schedule in the second.
Barca were hinting at life and Messi saw an exertion crash off the underside of the crossbar before Suarez ran close with two headers – the second bobbing off the foot of the post after Navas had parried a wild Messi drive.
Yet, Madrid were alright with their four-objective total preferred standpoint, and Barca’s little recuperation demonstrated unbeneficial on a night when they were outflanked by their fiercest opponents generally.