Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off after scoring a spectacular winner for Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Ronaldo could be facing a length ban after SHOVING the referee after he was sent off in the El Clasico Super Cup.
The Portuguese forward was booked for his celebration, ripping his shirt off and then holding it aloft like Lionel Messi did at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, and seconds later was booked for diving and dismissed.
But in incredible scenes at the Nou Camp, the Portuguese striker pushed Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back as he was storming off the pitch.
Much will not depend on how the referee has reported the unsavoury incident.
Real Madrid struck the first blow of the season against traditional rivals FC Barcelona when they defeated the Catalans 3-1 in the Camp Nou Stadium in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup.
Madrid were able to seal the win on the break despite having Cristiano Ronaldo sent off for two absurd yellow cards after he had come on as a second half substitute and scored his side’s second goal.
Barcelona started with Gerard Deulofeu in a nominal 4-3-3 formation, but with Leo Messi dropping deep to receive in midfield, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema led the Madrid attack in a 4-4-2 formation with Ronaldo waiting his turn on the bench.
Both sides showed from the start they were looking to pressure their rivals off the ball and the opening minutes saw too many errors.
The first chance fell to Luis Suarez, who fired directly at Madrid keeper, Keylor Navas, while Messi curled a free kick over the crossbar.
A nice combination ended with Messi just being crowed out in the Madrid area, while at the other end, good work from Isco ended with Bale seeing Ter Stegen tip a shot over the bar.
Meanwhile the typical derby tension was visible with Casemiro, shown a yellow card for a bad foul on Messi and he was followed into the book by Gerard Pique, Dani Carvajal, Bale and Messi himself.
Madrid took the lead four minutes after the break when Marcelo was allowed to overlap on the left and his cross was sliced into his own net by Pique when Ter Stegen would probably have claimed the ball with few problems.
Barca came close to equalizing soon afterwards when Messi was unable to finish Deulofeu’s low ball into the Madrid area, while at the other end Carvajal saw a shot cleared off the line following a Madrid break which saw David Vidal left exposed.
Ronaldo replaced Benzema just before the hour, while Denis Suarez came on for the erratic Deulofeu to give Barca an extra man in midfield as the home side looked to get back into the game.
Ter Stegen again saved Barca when he saved from Marcelo, while Ronaldo, who had earlier volleyed wide over, saw a goal correctly ruled out for offside.
At the other end, Busquets blazed over when he should have at least hit the target before Navas saved well from Messi, before being harshly penalized for a supposed foul on Luis Suarez, although TV replays showed there was little if any, contact. That didn’t both Messi, who leveled from the penalty spot with 14 minutes remaining.
The tie lasted only moments before Ronaldo put Madrid back in front with a powerful shot, only to be shown a yellow card for removing his shirt in the celebration; something which became significant when he was shown a second for what the referee considered to be a dive a few minutes later.
With only 10 men, Marcos Asensio made it 3-1 to Madrid in the last minute with a left foot shot which flashed past Stegen into the roof of the Barca net to give Madrid a hand on the trophy ahead of Wednesday’s return leg.