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August 14, 2011
• 4:00 PM
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 80000
M. Özil 13'
Xabi Alonso 54'
David Villa 36'
L. Messi 45'
And that's the game. What a great first leg for the Super Cup. While it might be a draw for both clubs, it definitely felt like a win for Barcelona after trailing early. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) signing off from LIVE commentary.
90' + 3'
Yellow CardDaniel Alves
90' + 1'
Yellow CardFabio Coentrao
90' + 1'
Alves gets carded for questionable call.
Three minutes of added time.
Marcelo's challenge was a clumsy one as Pedro shaped to shoot. Could well have been given.
Barca could have had a penalty at the other end as Pedro went storming into the area and went down under a heavy challenge from Marcelo. One each now for the morning papers to moan about.
Can Real Madrid win the game late? The club is fighting for a result
Replay shows Valdes did stick out an arm as Ronaldo looked to run onto the loose ball, but the Portuguese exaggerated contact. Could easily have been a penalty, though.
Ronaldo is furious....Valdes clearly drags down Ronaldo as he tried to run after the loose ball in the box. He feels it should be a penalty.
Yellow CardXabi Alonso
Mess fires a free-kick just over the top at the other end as both sides go for victory in what has been a highly entertaining season-opener.
Great interception by Pique to deny Ronaldo, whi was charging into the Barca box. The Catalans clear from the resulting corner.
Xavi's free-kick evades everyone and drift harmlessly out of touch.
Real Madrid continues to fight to get back into this game.
Ozil in a promising position but ruled offside when ball was played to him.
Madrid win a corner after Ronaldo's effort deflected wide. Cleared by Barca. Another Ronaldo shot then saved by Valdes and Benzema close as well. Frenchman's low cross later intercepted by Valdes in crazy spell.
Madrid corner cleared and subsequent Xabi free-kick straight into Valdes' arms from a deep position.
WHAT A MISS!!! Ronaldo's free kick from outside the box sails just outside the post.
Pepe and Alves renew rivalries. No love lost between the Brazilians, protagonists in the Champions League semi-final first leg when Pepe was sent off fot a foul on Alves. There were question marks over the contact that time, but not on this occasion. The challenge was violent and Alves stayed down for a while. Here we go again!
Yellow CardAlexis Sánchez
Ángel Di María
What a great match this has been. Way better than any of last years four clasicos!
GOAL!!!!!! Xabi Alonso gets a nice touch pass from Pepe and smashes the ball past Mascherano.
BTW, Cesc Fabregas' move to Barcelona is official pending a physical. Rich get richer....
Barcelona continues to be agressive. Sanchez already looks like a great fit as he jumps past one Madrid defender and cuts inside to draw a corner.
Second half kicks off!!! Madrid has the ball to start the second half.
This is Alex Labidou, feel free to hit me up now to ask questions at my twitter account @sportslab.
An exciting first half ends!!! If Barca wins this first leg, it will be very difficult for Mourinho to turn this one around. Hopefully, the Portuguese coach has some inspired words with his team during halftime.
MESSI IS BACK!!!!!! GOAL!!!!!!!!! The Argentine magician took advantage of poor passing from Madrid's defense, picking the ball away and beats Casillas to score.
Barca's goal took some of the wind out of Real Madrid's sails. The club clearly looks frustrated.
Barcelona had shown signs of improvement before that, with Messi involved once or twice, but the goal was still somewhat out of the blue. Brilliant from Villa.
WONDERGOAL FROM VILLA!!!! That was a nasty strike. As he dribbled toward the right side outside of the box, he takes a long range curling shot that beats Iker Casillas. That was amazing.
Yellow CardSami Khedira
Pique warming up as it looks like Abidal may not be able to carry on. Bad to worse for Barcelona so far.
Yellow card for Kheidra as he drags down Sanchez.
The game's pace has slowed down since the opening minutes but Madrid is clearly in control of this match. They have had 7 shots to Barca's 0.
Bad challenge by Khedira on Abidal and the Frenchman is down for some time. Looks like he may not be able to carry on.
Alexis working hard and running a lot, but he has hardly been involved so far. Not his fault - it's all Real Madrid at the moment.
Madrid are playing through Barca with ease at the moment. A rare sight these days. Busquets' absence is huge and they could do with Mascherano in the holding role, not in defence.
Much of the credit for that goal must go to Benzema, who has been outstanding in preseason, finishing as top scorer with eight goals.
This is what Mourinho is looking for from his team. Good defensive play matched by offensive cohesion up top.
GOAL!!!!! Ozil scores a beautiful touch finish assisted by Karim Benzema!!!!! Madrid is trying to show that it will be a top club in La Liga this year.
Barcelona passing the ball around as usual, except they are forced back by a hard-working Madrid side. The Catalans are finding it hard to advance.
Madrid win another corner and after Barca initially clear, great play from Benzema keeps the ball in on the right-hand side. Real have started with impressive intensity but nothing comes of the attack in the end.
Barca is debuting a new attack with Messi up top flanked by Sanchez and Thiago on the wings.
The game gets off to a thrilling start as Real Madrid executes a stunning counter attack and the result is a Benzema shot that just sails right of Casillas.
KICK OFF!!! Barca has the ball.
Guardiola remains unbeaten as coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, scene of Barca's historic 6-2 win in his first season in charge of the Catalan club.
Madrid won all seven of their pre-season matches, while Barcelona won just two of six, drawing twice and losing twice (2-1 to Manchester United and suprisingly, 4-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara).
Barcelona have won the Supercopa nine times (twice with Pep as coach), while Real Madrid have claimed the title on eight occasions. The only other side to win it more than once is Deportivo La Coruña (three).
While everyone is anticipating the arrival of Cesc Fabregas, Barca fans will be able to see Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez play alongside Lionel Messi.
Barcelona lineup: Valdes; Adriano, Abidal, Mascherano, Daniel Alves; Keita, Thiago, Iniesta; Villa, Messi, Sanchez Subs: Pinto, Pique, Fontas, Busquets, Dos Santos, Xavi, Pedro
Real Madrid lineup: Casillas; Marcelo, Carvalho, Pepe, Ramos; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema Subs: Adan, Varane, Arbeloa, Kaka, Callejon, Coentrao, Higuain.
Hello welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of what should be an exciting Spanish Super Cup, an EL Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) and I will be giving you my LIVE commentary of the match.
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