Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
The genius of Ronaldo and Messi
by Paul Kennedy, August 30th, 2012 12:18AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  barcelona, real madrid, spain

MOST COMMENTED

[REAL MADRID-BARCELONA] Like many other league vs. cup winner confrontations, Spain's Supercopa is supposed to be a low-key preseason affair, but it is anything but when Real Madrid and Barcelona square off. Last year's Supercopa was memorable for Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho poking then-Barca assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye. This year's Supercopa won by Real Madrid on away goals will be remembered for two brilliant goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the second leg.

(Click here for highlights.)

Barcelona looked anything but secure in the first half of the second leg at the Bernebau Stadium, though there was nothing it could do on Ronaldo's back-flick to push the ball in front of him and break clear on goalie Victor Valdes and blast a shot that hit off the Barca's keeper body and into the goal for the second Real Madrid goal in the first 19 minutes.

After Brazilian Adriano was sent off for taking Ronaldo down from behind, everything looked lost for Barcelona, but Messi pulled a goal back on a free kick he curled around the Madrid wall from 30 yards.

The goal left the series tied at 4-4 and Real Madrid won on the away goal. Difference: Barcelona goalie Victor Valdes' howler in the dying seconds of the first leg.

"The first half belonged to us and generally the whole game did," Real captain Iker Casillas said. "We came in on a bad run and the fans were doubting us a bit, but there are days when you have good luck and days when you have bad."

Euphoria in Madrid over the Supercopa title won't last long. Having tied and lost its first two games in La Liga, Real Madrid is already four points behind Barca in La Liga after two games.



2 comments
  1. chukwunwike ndububa
    commented on: August 30, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.
    it's good to win barca because i can't see the reason barca will be wining all the time yes i like that

  1. Ben Stoller
    commented on: September 13, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
    These 2 teams are clearly the best in the world today with Man City a distant third


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Laura Bassett    
"I couldn't breathe, my heart was out of my chest, and I wanted the ground to ...
MLS: This weekend ...    
The Seattle Sounders ended their three-game losing streak when they beat MLS Supporters' Shield leader D.C. ...
Three takeaways from USA-Guatemala    
The USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guatemala Friday night ...
Scouting Report: USA and Japan go for a third time    
The first rematch of a final in Women's World Cup history is set for Sunday when ...
USA-Guatemala International Friendly Player Ratings    
Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"It's nerve-wracking. It's brutal. And I'm not saying this because I'm sitting on the bench and ...
Women's World Cup watch parties set for Sunday    
U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the USA ...
Olivia the parrot picks Japan over USA    
Olivia, a 10-year-old African gray parrot, is predicting Japan over the USA in the Women's World ...
ICYMI | MLS: Report: New DP procedures formulated    
Allocation money could become even more valuable under new policies adopted by MLS. One of the ...
Reader's Note: Watch for Special July 4th Edition    
Soccer America will publish Soccer America Daily on Saturday as it previews Sunday's Women's World Cup ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives