BARCELONA, Spain, Aug 19, 2011.
Tonight the SuperCopa went to Barcelona and one can say that this victory was truly made possible by the exceptional skill portrayed by Lionel Messi.
Barcelona was victorious over bitter rivals Real Madrid in their Super Cup second leg clash last night by beating them 3-2 and 5-4 based on an aggregate win.
Unsurprisingly the bad feeling between the two sides boiled over at the last minutes of the match.
The tension that was created saw three players sent off - Marcelo and Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s David Villa.
It was evident that Barcelona were far from their best with their players looking rusty and lacking their usual slick passing, while Real Madrid kept their heads on and went straight ahead.
However, Andres Iniesta put Barca ahead with a superb finish before Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid to equalise.
Messi, was evidently the key player as he scored at the end of the first half and again three minutes from the end with French striker Karim Benzema finding the back of the net in between.
Cesc Fabregas, former Arsenal captain made his debut for Barcelona coming on towards the end of the game that ended in a brawl after Marcelo was dismissed for a late challenge on the new signing.
Ozil and Villa were also sent off due to subsequent angry exchanges.
As in the first game, Real Madrid had more possession and posed a greater threat in the opening stages.
Real continued to have more of the ball and Ronaldo was several times inches away from putting them ahead when his drive from the edge of the area was parried by Valdes onto the crossbar.
Ozil also could, and should have done better when his weak strike was comfortably blocked by the Barca goalkeeper Valdes.
At the same time whenever Barca got the ball in attack they appeared to be dangerous and Messi restored their lead a minute before the break.
Gerard Pique back-heeled the ball into his path and Messi dinked the ball over Iker Casillas.
Marcelo who came on for the second half appeared to kick out at Messi and there were angry exchanges between several of the players.
Messi, having only just returned to training after a belated break following the Copa America, was Barca’s main danger as he forced Casillas into a low save.
Finally Fabregas was given his bow in front of the home fans with Pedro as his debut brought him a long desired trophy as well.
Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid defender had a golden opportunity to header Real Madrid level before Benzema finally scrambled the ball home in the area.
Although numerous Madrid supporters as well as the team may be confused and angry as to why they didn’t win. One can clearly see that they have improved tremendously from last season.
Barcelona however, proved once again that the they have the upper hand between the two rivals. We hope to see more exceptional football as the League begins in less then ten days time.