The scene was the Super Cup against Real Madrid, and it wasn't a pretty picture for Marouane Fellaini.
Still, the Manchester United star had something to laugh about following the 2-1 loss in Macedonia. An Associated Press photograph of Fellaini's distorted face beside the ball attracted plenty of attention in mainstream and social media.
This one is the best pic.twitter.com/kqFjTAxu1P— Özlem (@oztheozz) August 8, 2017
I am a big fan Marouane 🤣 pic.twitter.com/dxg8fzR5ua— chelseasider (@chelseasider) August 8, 2017
Fellaini took to Twitter in good humor to joke about the battered image, posting the photo with the accompanying note: "Thank you to everyone who posted & sent me this."
Thank you to everyone who posted & sent me this 😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/O7tmOSYR38— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) August 8, 2017
Earlier, Real Madrid eased to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United to win the Super Cup on Tuesday, with goals in each half from Casemiro and Isco.
Cristiano Ronaldo watched most of the end-to-end action from the bench, while his teammates outclassed United Cup on a hot night.
Casemiro hit the bar with a header and fired a shot over the top before scoring in the 24th minute. The Brazilian slid in for a left-foot finish, served up by Dani Carvajal.
Isco extended the lead for Zinedine Zidane's European champions with a shot in the 52nd, after Gareth Bale helped him run through United's defense.
Making amends for an earlier miss, United's new striker Romelu Lukaku made it 2-1 in the 62nd, beating Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had blocked a powerful shot from Nemanja Matic.