The history of Real Madrid's women's team got off to the worst possible start on Monday, as Barcelona ran riot in the first ever women's Clásico.
Real Madrid were kicking off the first ever season in their history, after Club Deportivo Tacon were bought out and re-branded in July. They were granted a place in the Primera Division upon application, and would have relished the prospect of a first ever derby when the fixture list drew them against reining champions Barça on opening day.
What they wouldn't have relished was a rampant performance from last season's champs, however. They were caught cold by the mightily impressive visitors, who were well worth their lead when Patricia Guijarro's strike deflected in on 18 minutes.
Madrid rallied and thought they had levelled when Kosovare Asllani had the ball in the back of the net, but the assistant referee's waved for a foul on keeper Sandra Panos, and the game ran away from there. Babett Peter doubled Barça's lead early in the second half with a poacher's effort, before Norway winger Caroline Hansen took things into her hands with a creative masterclass.
The former Wolfsburg winger put goals on a plate for Lieke Martens and Alexia Putellas, adding some deserved gloss to the scoreline, and ensuring Barcelona's title defence got off to a morale-boosting start.
They will look to carry that momentum into a home tie with Logroño, who lost to Levante on opening day. Real Madrid, meanwhile, will look to bounce back away to Valencia, who kicked off their season with a win over Sporting Huelva.