With Barcelona lining up for the first time without €222m talisman Neymar, Real Madrid capitalised on Barca’s transfer misfortune to claim victory in the first leg of the Supercopa de España.
Luis Suárez had an early chance for Barcelona after breaking away from the Real Madrid defence – however, he was forced to take a shot on his weaker foot and Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas comfortably saved.
Real Madrid’s first real chance of the game came after 17 minutes. Spanish midfielder Isco showed incredible footwork to gain half a yard on the Barcelona defender before dragging a shot narrowly wide of Marc-André ter Stegen’s goal.
Gareth Bale also tested the German international goalkeeper later in the first half, forcing the former Borussia Mönchengladbach star into a smart save.
Despite an obvious dominance in possession, Barcelona were clearly still finding their feet after Neymar’s departure and stand in winger Gerard Deulofeu was unable to impose himself in the remainder of the first half.