Thursday, 23 August 2012

Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid

The Spanish Super Cup
remains delicately poised
after Barcelona secured a
3-2 win against Real
Madrid in a pulsating first
Real's Cristiano Ronaldo
first headed in a corner,
which Pedro levelled
immediately from the
kick-off.Lionel Messi scored a
penalty after Andres
Iniesta was fouled, before
Xavi slotted home a
sublime third.
Angel Di Maria then
pounced on keeper Victor
Valdes' mistake to breathe
life into next Wednesday's
second leg.
The match was the first
time the two sides had
met since Pep Guardiola
ended his reign as
Barcelona manager and
was replaced by
assistant Tito Vilanova.
Jose Mourinho's Madrid
side looked to pounce on
the counter attack from
the off, and could have
gone ahead if former
Manchester United winger
Ronaldo had played a
firmer pass to Karim
Benzema on the edge of
the penalty box.
Reigning Fifa World Player
of the Year Messi - already
on the receiving end of a
strong challenge from the
visiting defender Fabio
Coentrao - then blazed
over from 20 yards before
Pedro tested Iker Casillas.
The first half continued in
the standard tempo of a
'Clasico' as Spanish Cup
holders Barcelona
dominated the ball with
their relentless 'Tiki-taka'
passing, and La Liga
champions Real
threatened with their
incisive speed and power
on the break.

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