SPANISH SUPER CUP

Estadio Camp Nou, Spain

Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez

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Barcelona

  • Pedro 56'
  • Lionel Messi 70' PEN
  • Xavi 78'

3 - 2

FT

Real Madrid

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 55'
  • Ángel Di María 85'
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Barca edge Supercup clash

Barcelona came from behind to take a slender lead from the first leg of the

Spanish Supercopa at the Camp Nou.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed Real into the lead against the run of play 10 minutes

into the second half from Mesut Ozil's corner, but Barcelona responded as Pedro

showed great poise to slot home a minute later.

The action then raced from end to end and it was the hosts who forged ahead 20

minutes from time when Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot after Sergio

Ramos had brought down Andres Iniesta.

Then a terrific jinking run from Iniesta freed Xavi to stroke home Barcelona's

third goal seven minutes later.

However, the visitors were gifted a way back into the tie five minutes from

time when Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes tried to dribble around Angel Di

Maria and only succeeded in gifting the Argentinian an open goal.

Barcelona were deserving of the victory but may rue not taking full advantage

after dominating for large spells against a Real side who failed to find the

cohesion that had seen them go unbeaten in three of their last four trips to the

Camp Nou.

Messi had the first real chance of the game when a typically sharp Barcelona

passing exchange freed Dani Alves down the right and his cut-back found the

Argentinian on the edge of the penalty area, but his left-footed drive flew just

off target.

The world player of the year then had an even better opportunity from similar

range as he skipped past Alvaro Arbeloa but this time pulled his shot wide of

the other upright.

Real were struggling to manage any prolonged possession and were relieved to

see referee Carlos Clos Gomez wave away appeals for a penalty when Alexis

Sanchez tumbled in the box under pressure from Ramos.

However, for all their dominance Barcelona only had another two long-range

efforts on goal as Pedro's drive was tipped over by Iker Casillas before Xavi

shot just over from similar range.

And it was the visitors who took the lead 10 minutes into the second period as

Ozil's corner was bulleted in by Ronaldo for his fourth goal in his last four

away games against Barcelona.

The lead lasted less than a minute as a wonderful ball over the top from Javier

Mascherano found Pedro in behind Fabio Coentrao and the Spanish international

slotted past Casillas.

The game then became increasingly stretched as both sides tired slightly from

playing in the still searing heat, despite the 10.30pm kick-off time, and the

visitors' luck with Gomez eventually ran out as Iniesta was brought down inside

the area by Ramos and Messi stepped up to thunder home the penalty.

Moments later Iniesta showed incredible speed of foot to dance past three Real

challenges and slip a pass through for Xavi to sidefoot past Casillas.

Messi then had a great chance to all but seal the trophy but he was denied from

point-blank range by Casillas, and within seconds the complexion of the tie had

completely changed as Valdes' error allowed Di Maria to give Madrid a lifeline

heading into the return at the Bernabeu next Wednesday.

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Scoring Summary

  • Barcelona
  • Real Madrid
Pedro (56')
Lionel Messi (pen 70')
Xavi (78')

Match Stats

  • Barcelona
  • Real Madrid
16(6) Shots (on goal) 7(2)
13 Fouls 13
7 Corner kicks 7
4 Offsides 2
70% Time of Possession 30%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 3

Teams

  • Barcelona
  • Real Madrid
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