Guardiola gets the better of Vilanova in Barcelona charity clash

The 41-year-old coach took charge of one half of the Blaugrana squad for a futsal match at the Palau San Jordi which was organised to raise funds for the fight against poverty
Pep Guardiola brought the curtain down on his time in charge of Barcelona with a victory over his successor, Tito Vilanova, in a charity clash on Sunday.

Two days after securing the Copa del Rey, the 14th title of his four-year tenure, the outgoing Blaugrana boss led one half of the Catalans' squad to an 11-9 victory over the other in a game of futsal at the Palau San Jordi.

Midfield duo Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta both starred for Guardiola's side, who also had injured captain Carles Puyol cheering them on from the bench. Assistant coach Vilanova, meanwhile, was able to call upon the services of defender Gerard Pique and playmaker Xavi.

David Villa was also a part of the new coach's squad and although he was unable to play any part in the proceedings as he has yet to fully recover from the fractured tibia he suffered in January, the striker did partake in the 'sardana', the traditional Catalan dance, at the end of the game.

The highlight of the friendly encounter, though, was a stunning solo strike from goalkeeper Jose Pinto, who ran the length of the field before scoring.

However, for those in attendance, the game was more about voicing their appreciation for Guardiola, Vilanova and the absent defender Eric Abidal, who is facing an indefinite spell on the sidelines as he recovers from a liver transplant.