Marco Asensio and his physics-defying left boot

The final moments of the first leg of 2017’s Supercopa de Espana and the first few minutes of the second leg belonged to Marco Asensio, who scored two wonderful long-range stunners to send Real Madrid on their way to glory.

Both goals seemed to defy the laws of physics and Marc-Andre ter Stegen could only watch on as the Mallorca-born player’s Wednesday night strike landed perfectly in the back of the net.

Zinedine Zidane was able to leave Isco, Gareth Bale and Casemiro on the bench, while also missing the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, and his side was still packed with quality, thanks to young players like 21-year-old Asensio.

Assuming he keeps this run of form up, Asensio should expect to form part of Julen Lopetegui’s squad when – or if – Spain travel to the World Cup in Russia next summer, but he should also be hopeful of featuring when La Roja take on Italy at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 2.

That very same stadium was giving him a standing ovation on Wednesday night and it was a deserved one, given that he’s now scored in three of his past four official matches.

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