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The genius of Ronaldo and Messi
by Paul Kennedy, August 30th, 2012 12:18AM
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TAGS:  barcelona, real madrid, spain


[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.

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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.

  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

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