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Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 (Agg 5-1): Marco Asensio Hits A Stunner As Los Blancos Blow Away Barca To Win Super Cup

Marco Asensio showed why he is under the radar of top European clubs with a stunning goal as  thrashed fierce rivals to win the Super Cup.

Real Madrid proved far too good for Barcelona to claim the early-season silverware

Real Madrid delivered another sensational display to see off Barcelona and win the Spanish Super Cup, the 10th in the club’s history.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 to complete a 5-1 victory on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, dominating its fiercest rival without the need of Cristiano Ronaldo or .

It was a truly spectacular start as Marco Asensio’s beauty put Real Madrid 1-0 up

Marco Asensio, who also struck a spectacular goal in the first leg, pulled off the same trick after just four minutes with a long-range curler that shook Barcelona, who never seemed to recover.

Karim Benzema doubled Madrid’s lead when he capitalised on slack defending to fire home from Marcelo’s low cross, while Lucas Vazquez hit the post for Madrid.

Karim Benzema does not often get the credit he deserves as he works hard at the top for Real Madrid

While Bale was rested on the bench, Ronaldo watched the game from the Santiago Bernabeu stands as he completed the first game of a five-match ban for pushing the referee who sent him off in Sunday’s 3-1 first-leg win.

Asensio filled in perfectly for Madrid’s star, scoring five minutes into the match for his second goal in the season’s curtain raiser. Benzema added a second goal in the 39th after Lucas Vazquez had already hit the post for the hosts.

Marco Asensio decided to try his luck from 35-yards out with just four minutes on the clock

Last season’s Liga and Champions League winners, Madrid also beat to win the European Super Cup last week.

“We played very well in the away leg and we had a great game tonight, above all in the first half, which was spectacular,” Madrid coach said. “We have to congratulate the players because they were fantastic. You couldn’t notice the changes (to the starting lineup).”

It was soon time for Karim Benzema to show his own skills on the Bernabeu pitch with a sublime goal

Barcelona struggled to score for a second match since the shocking departure of on a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. The closest it went to scoring was and hitting the woodwork in the second half after the title was already in Madrid’s grasp.

In the end it was disappointment for Messi and co as they watched Real Madrid lift the Super Cup

After seeing his team be soundly beaten on its home pitch in his debut with the team on Sunday, Barcelona’s new coach Ernesto Valverde decided to revamp both his starting 11 and its formation.

He ditched Barcelona’s classic 4-3-3 formation for a 3-5-2, with only Messi and Suarez up front. Neymar had accompanied them for the past four seasons before he bolted for .

Valverde also gave starts to midfielders Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto and defender Javier Mascherano, in place of Sunday’s starters Aleix Vidal, Gerard Deulofeu and the injured Andres Iniesta.

Lionel Messi lacked confidence

Barcelona had no answer for Madrid’s pressure, lost ball after ball in its own half, and clearly missed Neymar’s presence on the left flank to start quick attacks.

“They showed more energy in their pressure and we suffered when they recovered the ball,” Valverde said. “It’s obvious that we have to recover our spirit quickly.”The only bright spot on another long night for Barcelona was the positive contribution of Roberto, who provided the only consistent attacking spark besides Messi.

Zidane also rested Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and Casemiro, who went on late. was back from suspension and outplayed all of Barcelona’s midfielders.

Asensio picked up right where he had left the first leg, stunning goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a long strike that floated overhead before landing in the net.

It’s not hard to see why Marco Asensio has become one of the most-talked about talents in world football

Asensio earned a place in Zidane’s starting 11 after going on as a substitute on Sunday and capping Madrid’s victory by scoring a 90th-minute goal with a long shot that Ter Stegen failed to stop.

The 21-year-old forward started the second leg with a similar superb strike, bending a left-footed shot from well outside the area over a flatfooted Ter Stegen.

and Marcelo hold aloft the trophy as Real Madrid won the Super Cup

Messi needed over 10 minutes to finally touch the ball, and once he did Barcelona showed signs of life with two Messi-led attacks that made Madrid work in defense.

But despite having five midfielders, Barcelona never established control. A bad pass by Mascherano almost led to a goal from Vazquez, who hit the post in the 33rd.

That was just a warning of was about to come when Sergio Busquets lost another ball near Barcelona’s area. Madrid left back Marcelo pounced by sending a low cross into the area, when Benzema twisted around Samuel Umtiti and swept in his goal.

Karim Benzema

It took almost an hour for Messi to finally produced Barcelona’s first serious threat when he forced Keylor Navas to palm his shot onto the bar in the 53rd.

Suarez headed a rebound of Messi’s strike parried by Navas off the upright in the 71st. The striker finished the match favoring his right knee after running into Navas.

Madrid starts its defense of its Spanish league title on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna, while Barcelona will try to rebound at home against Real Betis.

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