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August 29, 2012
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
• Attendance: 78000
G. Higuaín 11'
Cristiano Ronaldo 19'
Aggregate 4 - 4 Real Madrid win on away goals
L. Messi 45'
So Real Madrid take the first silverware of the season, winning their first Supercopa since 2008. Thanks for all your excellent input tonight, this is Tom Woods signing off. See you again soon.
What a game that was. El Clasico at its very best. In hindsight, it's amazing that we only saw three goals here tonight. We could have had eight or nine.
FULL TIME. REAL MADRID 2-1 BARCELONA. Mourinho's men get their reward for a superb first-half display, but boy did Barcelona make them work for it in the end. At the final whistle, it's 4-4 on aggregate, but Madrid take the Supercopa on away goals.
90' + 2'
MESSI! I thought that was it. The striker finds an inch of room on the edge of the box, but misses the target by mere inches with a whipped left-foot shot. Is that the final chance?
90' + 1'
Montoya breaks into the box but Casillas makes a super save at the near post. Breathless stuff.
So close Modric! The debutant meets Benzema's cut-back with a firm side-foot shot, but it's blocked by the other debutant, Alex Song. That was goal bound.
There will be three minutes of time added on...
Almost a clincher from Ronaldo. The no.7 beats Alex Song and fires in a shot across goal, but Victor Valdes is down smartly to smother the ball with his legs.
Casillas punches away, but the ball just keeps coming back at Real Madrid. Is there a final chance to come?
The ball drops for Tello on the edge of the box, but Ramos gets his chest in the way to concede another corner...
Barcelona have a free-kick from deep. This is going straight into the box...and Sergio Ramos heads it out for a corner...
Gerard Pique is getting forward at every opportunity, almost operating as a centre-forward. A risky strategy if Madrid are able to counter.
Those changes have certainly added some energy to the Madrid attack, and suddenly the momentum is back with the home side. Another Mourinho masterstroke?
Here comes Luka Modric. The former Tottenham man makes his Real Madrid debut, replacing Mesut Ozil. What a time to grab a goal this would be.
A change for both sides here. Karim Benzema comes on for Higuain, while Cristian Tello is introduced for Pedro. Plenty of attacking to come in the last few minutes.
Ángel Di María
HIGUAIN! How did he miss? Yet again, the striker is through on goal after Alonso's pass, and fluffs his lines. A challenge from Mascherano may have put him off, but he should still do far better than hitting the outside of the post. Are Madrid going to be punished for this?
Madrid are making some changes to freshen things up. Jose Callejon replaces di Maria, and Karim Benzema is stood on the touchline too.
Alex Song is operating just in front of the back four, essentially as an extra defender, which is putting an end to Real Madrid's quick breaks. In fact, Song has just gone in a little too hard on Ozil, just to let him know he's there.
So close for Barcelona. Jordi Alba steals a march on Ramos to win a through-ball, goes round Casillas.... and is just edged out by a clutch of Madrid bodies. Big warning for Real Madrid. They face a nervy final 15 minutes.
Here he comes. Sergio Busquets is withdrawn, and Barca's new signing has a chance to become an instant hero.
Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
Alex Song is about to make his Barcelona debut here.
Sergio Ramos earns a booking for a clumsy tackle from behind on Messi. It's Barcelona's turn to start winning the cheap free-kicks, and Madrid look a little frustrated.
Madrid break again, but Ronaldo overhits a pass to Higuain, who had pulled off his man inside the area. The home side are looking exhausted here, and are letting some fine chances pass them by.
Madrid miss another chance to gain some breathing space, as Valdes again denies Khedira from close-range. After beating three-men, the German curls a shot towards the far corner, but the Barca keeper stands up well to make the block. Are they going to regret missing these opportunities?
Pique makes a 60-yard dash from defence, but when he looks up, there is only one Barcelona player up with him. Faced with two lines of Madrid defense, they are forced to play the ball back towards their own goal. That you don't often see.
Now it's Madrid's turn to look uncomfortable, as Alvaro Arbeloa mis-hits a pass intended for di Maria, which rolls out of play. Could the tide really be turning?
Pedro takes the ball on the right wing, and just keeps running at Sergio Ramos. He ends up right on top of Casillas, and can't quite squeeze his shot underneath the keeper's body. That was shoddy defending though, and a lucky escape for the home side.
Yellow Card Sami Khedira
Messi goes for another spectacular free-kick, but this one takes a heavy clunk off the wall and runs safely through to Casillas. Barcelona are just starting to show their undeniable attacking threat...
But now there is! A long ball from Mascherano frees Pedro, and he should beat Casillas when through on goal. The Spanish stopper makes the save with his legs, but that should have been 2-2.
There are whistles from the home fans as Barcelona stroke the ball around in front of a wall of white shirts. No penetration being shown from the visitors though.
Barca's defensive options on the bench are 21 year-old Marc Bartra, or new signing Alex Song, who has played at the back many times before. I'd be surprised if neither makes an appearance before the night is through.
Ronaldo makes light work of Montoya, not for the first time tonight, but Mascherano does well to hack his driven cross out of play. Madrid look like they can score every time they come forward.
Having said all that, I should stress: one goal from Barcelona and Tito Vilanova's side will win the cup. For all the Madrid dominance, this game hangs on the edge of a knife.
Barcelona have the ball, but they are doing all the running. Madrid are keeping their shape very well, and are simply letting their opponents run out of steam. Marcelo gets tired of watching Iniesta, and steps in to make a simple tackle.
Higuain makes a dangerous run to the byeline, but carries the ball just over the line before he pulls over the cross. Bit of a let-off for Barcelona, as Madrid had men over.
Iniesta clips the heels of Khedira, and Real Madrid win another cheap free-kick. How many of those have they had tonight? Must be nearly 20.
Mascherano attempts a spectacular 50-yard ball to Alba, but misses his target by a good few metres. Even with his pace, the left-back won't catch that.
Yellow Card Piqué
Gerard Pique is booked for what looks like a deliberate handball as he challenges Higuain over by the corner flag. The defenders recovers well to head the free-kick away, however.
Busquets plays a TERRIBLE ball straight to Angel di Maria, and it takes a last-ditch tackle from Mascherano to stop the winger getting his shot away. Still very sloppy from Barcelona here.
Pedro runs into Ronaldo, and goes down holding his face. Not sure how that can ever be a foul, and sure enough, it isn't.
This time last week, Barcelona began to wear down their opponents with their relentless keep-ball. Madrid look determined not to let that happen again. Already a man up, they are stroking the ball around with purpose, and chasing down Barca as soon as they give it away.
Barcelona kick-off, and we're back underway. What a 45 minutes this could be.
Ah, here they come. No changes to either side by the looks of things.
As with the first leg, Barcelona are out onto the pitch first, and Madrid will make them wait...
Right people, it's time for the second half. We all set?
Made me chuckle, that. Good work.
JOKE ALERT. @SmullCrispies After some of that defending I bet Tito wishes Mourinho had poked his eyes out last year...
@Elly1J This should act as a lesson to Barca staff. Buy good defenders...sometimes the game is about guarding your goal.
@reganneale Do not rule out Barcelona of this game, the genius of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta can still provide.
You Barcelona fans seem shell-shocked. Can't say I blame you.
@nishant_pant That's the Madrid we all wanna see...fearless,dominating their opponents....chance after chance....great match
@kareem_samman The team who scores first in the second half will be the winner IMO...
@Majeedsalami What's going wrong tonight? What's Barca missing?
@oseby1 It's gonna be Real Madrid 4-2 Barcelona...
@DelVandel Madrid shouldn't get complacent...
@Konyizee I reckon a Madrid win....3-1. Never seem them play with so much passion!. Hala Madrid.
So what's happening over on Twitter? Let's take a look...
There goes the half-time whistle. An absolutely ferocious start from Real Madrid, who have torn Barcelona to shreds here. But that man Lionel Messi has kept his side in the hunt with that quite wonderful free-kick. I for one won't be ruling out an incredible comeback here. Stick around.
45' + 2'
Higuain could, and perhaps should, have had a hat-trick in this first half. His latest effort goes flies just wide after he cuts in onto his left foot. Barcelona are very lucky to go in just one behind.
45' + 1'
RONALDO! That is so, so close. From 35 yards, the forward lets fly, and it is barely inches wide of Valdes' post. Would have been an absolute stunner if that had gone in.
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOALLL BARCA! Spoke too soon, I did. That is a wonderful hit from Lionel Messi, struck oh-so-sweetly with the left foot, outside the wall and into the corner. Unstoppable strike. Do we have a game on? Real Madrid still lead on away goals.
Perhaps this is a chance for Barcelona. Xabi Alonso bundles Xavi to the ground 30 yards out, dead centre...
Messi isn't at the races you know. He's just lost the ball again when well placed on the edge of the Madrid box.
There you go, fine example, Messi gets a glimpse of the ball inside the box, but Pepe strides across to win the ball at walking pace. Barca need an absolute transformation at half-time if they are to recover this.
Real Madrid look so comfortable here. Barcelona are keeping the ball well, but it's all in front of their opponents, not through them. As soon as Vilanova's side reach the final third, they are met with a stern challenge from a white shirt.
Yellow Card Arbeloa
Ronaldo breezes past Montoya again, but Gerard Pique is quickly across to win the ball with a diving challenge. They are having to double up on the Portuguese here.
Pedro's flick almost leads to a headed chance for Messi, but Casillas comes charging out to palm the ball away. The ball drops for Iniesta, but his driven cross is just beyond the arriving Montoya. That's the closest Barcelona have come.
Montoya's first task of the night is to win the ball from Ronaldo, who absolutely does the youngster with an instant chest down and flick over the head. To be fair to the defender, he recovers well and the ball is eventually scrambled away. But keep your eyes on that particular tussle.
That is a superb challenge from Mascherano. Higuain is through on goal and looks certain to score, but his strike is deflected away by the defender's excellent diving challenge. Where was that defending 20 minutes ago?
Vilanova is making a very early change here. Can't say I blame him, but this looks a strange one. Alexis Sanchez is off, and 21 year-old right-back Martin Montoya enters the fray. Good luck to you.
Madrid have settled into party mode already, and every touch from a white shirt is being met with a loud "Ole!" Is this really happening?
A superb save from Victor Valdes keeps out Sami Khedira's effort from point-blank range. How bad can this get for Barcelona?
Red Card Adriano
RED CARD! Adriano is off for Barca! Ronaldo is through on goal, and is tripped by the makeshift right-back. He is clearly last man, and Barca can have no complaints. This is a full-on Blaugrana collapse.
Even Lionel Messi is looking shaken. The no.10 has just gone in knee-high on Pepe, and yet again there is no booking to follow.
It's fair to say this is Vilanova's first big test of his Barcelona reign. His side have frozen here, and look devoid of ideas.
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz is in danger of losing control here. Adriano fouls Mesut Ozil again, and the home crowd is baying for blood. No booking, and Jose Mourinho looks absolutely furious.
Barca concede another silly free-kick in a very dangerous crossing position. From the kick, Pepe heads into the corner of the net, and is called for offside. Replays show he was most definitely ON. What is going on?
Yellow Card Pepe
Higuain is in again! For the second time, he misses a simple-looking chance when through on goal, but how he got in behind the Barcelona defence is beyond me. The loss of Puyol and Alves is really hurting Tito Vilanova's side.
Assist Sami Khedira
Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
GOOAALL MADRID! My my, what were Barcelona doing?? Cristiano Ronaldo flicks the ball over Pique with an audacious back-heel, but then the defence just goes to sleep. Inside the area, he has all the time in the world to steady himself and fire the ball underneath Victor Valdes. Barca are getting what they deserve here...
Harsh booking for Pepe, as the centre-back makes an innocuous looking challenge that is adjudged to be malicious. Barcelona are all over the place here.
Marcelo goes close for Madrid, as the Brazilian flashes a left-foot drive across goal and wide of the far-post. A massive OOOHH from the home faithful.
Yellow Card Javier Mascherano
This game is terrifically poised now. Madrid are all over Barca, and as it stands, it's Mourinho's side that will go through on the away goals rule. Plenty of time for Barca to hit back, but they are under the kosh at the minute.
Mascherano is having a great night here. The Barca defender/midfielder brings down Angel di Maria on the near touchline, and earns the first booking of the night.
Barca attempt to hit straight back, as they did last week, but Pedro can't quite bring the ball under his spell, and is muscled away by Sergio Ramos. The striker goes down, but it's never a penalty.
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOAALLL MADRID! You have to say they deserve that. Javier Mascherano is caught out by a long ball over the top, sticking a flailing leg at the ball and missing it entirely. Higuain is on to it, and makes no mistake, sliding the ball beyond Valdes from close range. Poor defending.
Adriano attempts to play in Alexis Sanchez, but his pass is well herded out of play by Sergio Ramos. Barca yet to find that killer ball. But hey, it's only ten minutes in.
That's got the home crowd going here, and Madrid are responding by pinning their opponents inside their own half. That doesn't happen to Barcelona too often.
BIG CHANCE FOR MADRID! Gonzalo Higuain should score, as he turns to receive Marcelo's ball deep inside the area. Valdes makes a smart stop with his feet, but the Argentine striker should have done better with his effort from 10 yards.
Both teams are finding their feet here, with Barcelona warming up their familiar tiki-taka machine. The atmosphere inside the Bernabeu is electric, won't be long before the action gets going too.
A change to the teams for you. Looks like Dani Alves was injured in the warm up tonight, so he has not appeared onto the pitch. Adriano will play at right-back instead, with Jordi Alba on the left.
Luka Modric and Alex Song look on from the bench; the last time these two met was in the North London derby. I think it's fair to say this a whole new level tonight.
The whistle goes, and we’re underway.
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Here come the teams. Home colours all round, with the brilliant white of Madrid facing up to the blue and red of their arch Catalan rivals. Sit back and enjoy this one. It’s going to be a cracker. The referee tonight is Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz.
A cracker of a stat for you before we get going. This is the 221st Clasico in all competitions, and the head-to-head record is locked at 87-87. If Barca win tonight, they will take the lead over their rivals for the first time in 80 years. No pressure then.
Here we go then. Supercopa Clasico. One side with some ground to make up, the other with a reputation to restore. Which essentially means, no holding back from either team. Tempers may flare, studs may fly, but by golly, will it be fun to watch.
BARCELONA LINEUP: (4-3-3): Valdes; Adriano, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Alexis Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Montoya, Song, Tello, Fabregas, Villa
REAL MADRID LINEUP: (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain Subs: Adan, Albiol, Nacho, Diarra, Modric, Callejon, Benzema
Tito Vilanova’s side could introduce a debutant of their own, as Alex Song takes his place on the visiting bench. It’s an unchanged lineup from the one that started the first leg, with Adriano continuing at left-back ahead of Jordi Alba. After a man of the match performance at Camp Nou, Andreas Iniesta keeps his place in the midfield, and at the head of the attack, as ever, will be Lionel Messi, who already has five goals from his first three matches this season. It really is quite scary.
Well, who would have thought Madrid would be without a win in their first three games of the season? Not Jose Mourinho, I’ll bet. After the debacle of a 2-1 defeat against Getafe, he will at least be able to call upon defender Pepe, the Portuguese having returned from a concussion that has kept him out of the last two matches. Gonzalo Higuain starts in attack ahead of Karim Benzema, and the home fans can expect to see Luka Modric’s debut before the night is out. The new signing from Tottenham starts on the bench.
On to the TEAM NEWS for tonight’s game.
It might sound mad to suggest, but even at this early stage in the season, Real Madrid have an awful lot to prove. It’s been an awful start for Los Blancos, and one point from two games has seen them slip five points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Season over then? Not quite, but a win tonight would put some much needed energy into Madrid's league campaign.
To the uninitiated, I should say “El Clasico” involves Real Madrid and Barcelona. Just to clear up any confusion. The first leg? 45 minutes of dross, followed by an absolutely pulsating second half. Barcelona came away with a 3-2 advantage, after some disastrous goalkeeping from Victor Valdes allowed Madrid a late consolation that could be oh-so-important come full-time here. If you haven’t yet seen the goal, look it up. Very, very amusing.
Tonight’s action will be brought to you by me, Tom Woods. Welcome one and all. Want to get in touch? Tweet me your predictions, observations or other comments via @woodstome. I read each one, and will put up as many as I can up on the live feed.
Welcome to Goal.com, and without doubt, the biggest game of the football season so far. Two of the sport’s greatest rivals, separated by a single goal, going hammer and tongs for Spain’s first major trophy of 2012/13, at one of the finest stadiums you will find anywhere. It’s El Clasico. It’s Supercopa part two. The revenge.
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