Vinicius Jr put Barcelona to the sword as he scored a brilliant first half hat-trick in Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia.
Real dominated every aspect of the game and toyed with last year’s champions, who could not handle Vinicius and ended the contest with 10 players after defender Ronald Araujo was sent off for a second booking in the 71st minute after two fouls on the Brazilian.
Vinicius scored with two close-range efforts in the seventh and 10th minutes before Robert Lewandowski reduced the deficit in the 33rd with a strike on the rebound.
Vinicius extended Real’s lead in the 39th minute from the penalty spot after being fouled by Araujo inside the box.
The goal was a hammer blow for Barcelona who were dominated in the second half and Rodrygo struck Real’s fourth from a rebound in the 64th minute.
Real Madrid are back in action on Thursday when they make the trip to city rivals Atletico Madrid in the fourth round of the Copa del Rey; kick-off 8.30pm. Carlo Ancelotti’s side then host Almeria in LaLiga on Sunday; kick-off 3.15pm.
Barcelona are also in Copa del Rey action on Thursday when they travel to Unionistas in the fourth round; kick-off 6.30pm. They then make the trip to Real Betis in LaLiga on Sunday; kick-off 5.30pm.