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SPAIN: Barca beat Real to lift Super Cup

[Posted 18 Aug 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Ugly scenes at the Nou Camp as Barca pip Real to Super Cup title on 5-4 aggregate.

Amid violent scenes which marred the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday night, Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored in the dying minutes to give Barca a 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

The first leg had ended 2-2 at the Bernabeu.

When everyone expected that the match would spill into extra time or be decided on penalty shoot-out, Messi ghosted from the blind to poke home a tantalising cross to steal the winner almost at the death.

Barca first went ahead twice through Andres Iniesta and two goal hero Messi. Real Madrid twice hit back through Cristiano Ronaldo and subsitute Karim Benzema.

Messi however ensured that there would be no extra time with a volley two minutes from time to torch wild celebrations at Nou Camp. Any victory over Real sparks wild celebrations in the Barca camp or vice-versa.

Such is the intensity of the rivalry between the two Spanish giants that three red cards were witnesses. First, it was Marcelo who received a stright red after hacking down.

The scuffle which ensued after the incident among the two sets of players and believe it or not, even the tachincal benches, saw two more reds. A Madrid player who had already been subistituted and a Barca player already out received marching orders.

Real's Mesut Ozil and Barcelona striker David Villa received stright red cards for their involvement in the shameful scuffles involvng two of the world's top five football clubs.

The sad images from the match were summed up, albeit in a biased way, by Barca's Xavi.

"Real Madrid should be concerned about the image it is giving, it's very damaging.

"Marcelo's tackle has no place in football. Totally shameless, a real shame for football in general this image generated by Real Madrid."

Barca defender had this to say about the Special one- Jose Mourinho's involvement in the scuffle.

"Mourinho is destroying Spanish football. It's not the first time and it's always a number of players and the same ones so there has to be some way of stopping them. I hope they adopt the necessary sanctions."

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