Friday August 26, 2011 Final Finished Stade Louis II

FC Barcelona 2 - 0 FC Porto

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  1. Fabregas scores as Barca win Super Cup

    Fabregas scores as Barca win Super Cup

    Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to score Barcelona's second as they beat nine-man Porto 2-0 in the Super Cup at the Stade Louis II Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • FC Porto
    • 90+3' The final whistle blows. Barcelona win the Super Cup.
    • 90+2' Alves skips down the right and pulls the ball back to Iniesta. The midfielder takes on one man before shooting from 6 yards. Helton saves.
    • 90+3' We'll have three minutes of stoppage time.
    • 89' RED CARD!! Guarin has already been booked but he's shown a straight red for a lunge on Mascherano.
    • 87' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!! Fabregas scores. The midfielder makes that trademark run from midfield and is found by an exquisite ball from Messi. The No. 4 takes one touch on his chest before volleying past the keeper from six yards. Great goal.
    • 86' The ten men of Porto now just have four minutes, plus stoppage time to score.
    • 85' Rolando has been given his marching orders. Messi breaks with Fabregas on one side and Sanchez on the other. Messi flicks the ball past the defender and is brought down. The referee had no other choice.
    • 84' Iniesta is down. The midfielder latches onto a lobbed ball and takes a touch before being clattered. The midfielder's head crashes into the floor. Ouch.
    • 83' Iniesta takes on his man before releasing Alves down the right. The wing-back skips past a sliding challenge but his cross is horrible. It flies out of play. Poor.
    • 82' Guarin is very late into a tackle with Fabregas and is booked. He's not happy, but the tackle was poor.
    • 81' Valdes hasn't had the greatest of nights in between the sticks. He's made three or four passes that have gone straight out of play.
    • 80' Pedro is replaced by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 79' Oooh. Abidal looks to usher the ball out but isn't able to and has to cut back inside. The defender looks to knock the ball too far in front of himself. Guarin is across and is taken down after winning the ball. The ref waves play on. Could have gone either way, that!
    • 78' Alves is very late into a tackle with Guarin and concedes a free kick. He's lucky not to be booked.
    • 77' Souza is replaced by Fernando.
    • 77' Fernando Belluschi replaces Kleber.
    • 75' Sanchez bursts down the left and jinks past Sapunaru before trying to find the top corner. It flies high and wide.
    • 73' Confusion in the Barca back four. Mascherano looks to head the ball back to Valdes but the keeper is just feet away from the Argentine and the ball flies over his head. Hulk looks to get in but Abidal clears up.
    • 72' Iniesta and Sanchez exchange a handful of passes. Iniesta, under pressure on the edge of the penalty area, looks to feed the advancing Pedro with an eye-of-a-needle ball. The winger is just inches away from taking it under control.
    • 71' Barcelona have made over three times as many passes as their opponents so far tonight. Solid.
    • 70' Barca play the ball around their back four before Busquets, who is playing at centre back, clips the ball over the top towards Sanchez but he too is offside.
    • 69' Silvestre Varela replaces Cristian Rodriguez. Straight swap.
    • 67' The Spanish side have really grown into this game. They looked quite rusty in the opening period but are in control now.
    • 66' Offside. Messi is sent through on goal and beats Helton, who is charging out, but the whistle blows.
    • 65' Rolando is booked. He gets the wrong side of Messi and pulls him back, nearly tearing the forwards jersey off.
    • 64' Cesc Fabregas is warming up on the touchline for Barcelona. Is he going to make his second official appearance for the Catalan giants?
    • 63' Sergio Busquets comes on to replace Adriano.
    • 62' Barca are doing their thing at the moment. They are just stroking it around with consummate ease.
    • 61' David Villa is replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
    • 60' Barca look to counter and the ball is played to Pedro who is through on goal. His touch lets hims down and Helton is able to clear.
    • 59' Great stuff from Keita yet again. Alves looks like he's treading water as he tries to hold of Rodriguez. The Porto man wins the ball but Keita is across to send the ball out for a corner.
    • 58' Keita gives away possession deep in the Porto half but tracks back all the way to dispossess Hulk on the edge of his own penalty area.
    • 57' Messi and Villa link well through the middle before going down the left. Villa pulls the ball back from the byline into the path of Messi. For once, the striker's touch lets him down and his subsequent shot is blocked.
    • 56' Adriano is down near his own penalty area. Kleber is challenging the defender and clips his back legs.
    • 55' CHANCE FOR BARCA!! Messi dribbles through the centre of the pitch before playing it in to Iniesta. The Spaniard draws in two challenges before releasing Villa into the penalty area. The striker shoots with his right foot but can only find the body of Helton.
    • 54' Guarin looks to make amends for his mistake as he shoots from 40 yards. The shot is struck ever so well and looks to be creeping into the goal. Valdes is down well to his left to make the stop.
    • 53' Barca work it well down the midle before it is played out wide. Alves is in a good position but his attempted cross is weak and it's cleared.
    • 52' CHANCE!! Hulk tees up Rodriguez on the edge of the penalty area. The striker lashes an effort towards goal. Abidal gets a block in to send the ball out for a corner.
    • 51' Iniesta is booked. Ridiculous. The midfielder doesn't win a free kick and chases the ball down before kicking it away after it had gone out.
    • 50' Neat stuff from Porto. They work it well down the left which enable Kleber to cross. Macherano clears.
    • 49' Hulk bursts down the left but takes too long to cross the ball. The pass is sent behing the onrushing Porto players.
    • 48' Iniesta loses possession, maybe for the first time in his career, but then soon wins it back with a well-times tackle.
    • 47' Keita plays a neat pass out wide before making a clever run into the Porto penalty area. he receives the ball but fails to find a man with the pass.
    • 46' The second half is under way. Porto kick off.
    • 45' The half time whistle sounds. Barcelona are leading courtesy of that gift from Freddy Guarin.
    • 44' Messi finds Iniesta on the edge of the penalty area from the corner. The midfield maestro looks to shoot following a neat touch. The Porto defence are out quickly to block.
    • 42' Villa flies down the left and wants to play a one-two with Messi. Otamendi steps across to body check Villa. No free kick.
    • 41' Porto are still pressing their opponents. And despite their excellent performance so far, Barca still have had 70% possession.
    • 40' That was quite harsh on the Portuguese team. They really don't deserve to be a goal down, but it was a horrible pass that let Messi in. Guarin was under serious pressure, but you just can't do that. Against anyone, never mind Barca.
    • 39' GOAL FOR BARCA!! Guarin is the culprit. He skips past a challenge before attempting to play the ball back to Rolando, but the pass is misplaced and rolls to Messi on the edge of the penalty area. The forward advances towards goal and beats the onrushing Helton before rolling the ball into the empty net.
    • 37' Adriano and Villa exchange a one-two. The defender finds Xavi on the edge of the area, who shoots from 20 yards. The keeper palms it over.
    • 36' Villa is furious. The flag goes up again and stops the striker from baring down on goal. He is adamant that he stayed onside, and replays confirm it.
    • 35' Sapunaru makes a heavy challenge on Villa after the Spaniard produces a neat flick to get past the defender.
    • 34' Good defensive work from Guarin. Pedro is down the left and looks to cross but the Porto man makes two very good blocks to put the ball out for a throw-in.
    • 33' Messi and Iniesta exchange a number of passes before the latter looks to play in Villa down the line. Rolando is across well to clear up. Porto pass their way out of defence in a very effective manner.
    • 32' Clever little dinked ball over the top from Iniesta. Messi receives it and is through on goal. The whistle stops the forward in his tracks as he is a yard offside.
    • 31' Xavi and Messi are stood over the free kick. The Spaniard swings it in from the right but Sapunaru clears.
    • 30' Rodriguez makes his first defensive challenge of the night. It's poor though, and he's booked!
    • 29' Messi skips past three challenges and looks to play a reverse ball into the path of Villa. Helton is off his line immediately and claims the ball.
    • 28' Fucile puts in a bit of a late challenge on Messi. The strike looks to be struggling with his boot. He signals over to the bench and makes a gesture with his hands to ask for a new pair.
    • 27' Villa is in down the left. He's looking down the line but goes too early. The flag is up.
    • 26' Rodriguez is sent down the left by Kleber. The ball is bobbling, the striker is under pressure from Alves and subsequently sends the ball out for a goal kick when looking to cross.
    • 25' Hulk crosses from the right. It's a dangerous ball and is missed by the advancing Valdes. Keita flicks away.
    • 24' Valdes bursts off his line to punch the corner clear. It's sent back in and is again put out for another corner by Adriano.
    • 23' Guarin bursts forward and looks to get in on goal but Adrian comes across to make a strong challlenge and put the ball out for a corner.
    • 22' Strange free kcik from Porto. There are four players standing over it. Each of them get a touch before Messi comes out to clear.
    • 21' Keita is having a talk with the ref. The Barca man comes from the side and barges over Guarin. Last chance.
    • 20' Porto are still pressing well. Because of Barca's attacking style of play, whenever they lose the ball Porto are in on goal very quickly.
    • 19' Offside. Guess who? Yup, Villa. It's close though. He makes that superb run off the last defenders shoulder but he's half-a-yard offside.
    • 18' Alves is sent down the right by Pedro but the Brazilian's cross from the byline fails to beat the first defender.
    • 17' Souza looks to play a one-two with Guarin but Iniesta is across to cut the ball out. The Spanish midfielder is put under serious pressure but he shows great feet to get himself out of trouble.
    • 15' Hulk is the man to take the free kick, but again it is disappointing. The ball cannons off the wall.
    • 14' Mascherano comes out of defence to tackle the onrushing Hulk. Great tackle. The ref didn't think so. Free kick.
    • 13' Barca opt to take a short corner and after passing it around on the right touchline, Messi looks to feed Villa. The man who was caught offside more times than any other player in the Primera Liga last season is again, offside.
    • 12' Great stuff from Hulk. The front man cuts in from the right and gets down the byline before looking to find the far corner. The effort flashes just wide.
    • 11' CHANCE!! Iniesta tries to feed Pedro into the box but Rolando gets a foot on it. It's not enough though, as the pass loops up and finds the winger inside the box. Pedro has time to take a touch but elects to try and lob the keeper. It lands on the roof of the net.
    • 10' Villa comes in, off the left hand side before passing to Messi. The Argentine doesn't know what to do with the ball and is tackled.
    • 9' Barca are looking a little rusty. They haven't played for a week, and Porto have started the defence of their title well, but the Spanish champions look off their game.
    • 8' Great effort. Great save. Moutinho collects the ball to the left of the penalty area and volleys towards goal. It may just have been drifting wide but Valdes makes sure.
    • 7' In fairness to the Portuguese side, they're pressuring the Barca players very quickly, and have forced them into a number of mistakes so far. Valdes is forced to put the ball out for a throw-in.
    • 6' Hulk's set piece isn't great. It may have been too close to get up and down in time.
    • 5' Guarin gets lucky on the edge of the penalty area with a fortunate bounce. He has an effort on goal but the ball strikes the hand of Abidal. Porto have a free kick 20 yards from goal.
    • 4' As you'd expect, Barca are pressing very high up the pitch. They are forcing Porto to sit very deep.
    • 3' Xavi switches from left to right into the path of Iniesta. Alves goes down the wing but the ball is sent back over to the left wing. Villa mis-controls the ball and it runs out for a throw-in.
    • 2' It looks like there is a heavy cover of fog. There isn't. It was the firecrackers before the game that have taken away from the clear viewing at the moment.
    • 1' The game is under way. Barca kick off.
    • 19:42 The players are out on the pitch. They're now lining up ahead of kick off. We're just moments away.
    • 19:42 These two sides scored a combined 292 goals on their way to league and european cup doubles last season. Can we expect goals tonight? Let's hope so.
    • 19:38 Porto have contested three of the ten, winning at their first attempt in 1987 before losing in 2003 and 2004.
    • 19:36 The two sides have contested ten UEFA Super Cups between them. Barca have won three (1992, 1997, 2009) and have lost a record four (1979, 1982, 1989, 2006).
    • 19:31 The match tonight will be the penultimate Super Cup final to be played in Monaco with the setting to be moved from Monaco to Prague in 2013.
    • 19:26 Lionel Messi will look to score his first UEFA Super Cup goal on the third attempt, 24 hours after being crowned the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
    • 19:21 The current Champions League winners will look to win their third item of silverware in less than two weeks after securing the Spanish Super Cup with a 6-5 aggregate victory over arch rivals Real Madrid. They also claimed the Joan Gamper trophy with a 5-0 hammering of Napoli at the Nou Camp.
    • 19:17 Pereira is a keen admirer of the Catalan giants, proclaiming that the current Barcelona squad is the best he has ever seen, but he has also said that he is keen to go into the match with the aim of repeating the club’s heroics of their 1987 triumph.
    • 19:13 However, that success was under the guidance of Andre Villas-Boas who has since moved to Chelsea. Vitor Pereira has taken over the reins at Porto but has lost star striker Radamel Falcao, who grabbed 38 goals for the Portistas last season. Despite that, Porto still won their domestic Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over Vitoria SC.
    • 19:09 Porto did the treble last season which included an undefeated domestic league campaign, victory in the domestic cup as well as a 1-0 win in the Europa League final against fellow Portuguese team Braga.
    • 19:06 Tonight's two teams, possibly the two most in-form teams of last season, will go head-to-head in the first major international cup of the year.
    • 19:01 Barcelona: Valdes; Dani Alves, Mascherano, Abidal, Adriano; Xavi Iniesta Keita; Pedro, Messi, David Villa - SUBS - Oier, Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Thiago Alcantara, Busquets, Fontas, Jonathan /// Porto: Helton; Sapunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Fucile; Souza; Guarin, Moutinho; Hulk, Kleber, Cristian Rodriguez - SUBS - Rafael Bracali, Maicon, Belluschi, Varela, Djalma, Fernando, Defour
    • 19:00 Welcome to the LIVE commentary of the 2011 UEFA Super Cup where 2010-11 Champions League winners Barcelona will face 2010-11 Europa League winners Porto in Monaco.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Alves skips down the right and pulls the ball back to Iniesta. The midfielder takes on one man before shooting from 6 yards. Helton saves.
    • 89' RED CARD!! Guarin has already been booked but he's shown a straight red for a lunge on Mascherano.
    • 87' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!! Fabregas scores. The midfielder makes that trademark run from midfield and is found by an exquisite ball from Messi. The No. 4 takes one touch on his chest before volleying past the keeper from six yards. Great goal.
    • 85' Rolando has been given his marching orders. Messi breaks with Fabregas on one side and Sanchez on the other. Messi flicks the ball past the defender and is brought down. The referee had no other choice.
    • 79' Oooh. Abidal looks to usher the ball out but isn't able to and has to cut back inside. The defender looks to knock the ball too far in front of himself. Guarin is across and is taken down after winning the ball. The ref waves play on. Could have gone either way, that!
    • 73' Confusion in the Barca back four. Mascherano looks to head the ball back to Valdes but the keeper is just feet away from the Argentine and the ball flies over his head. Hulk looks to get in but Abidal clears up.
    • 55' CHANCE FOR BARCA!! Messi dribbles through the centre of the pitch before playing it in to Iniesta. The Spaniard draws in two challenges before releasing Villa into the penalty area. The striker shoots with his right foot but can only find the body of Helton.
    • 54' Guarin looks to make amends for his mistake as he shoots from 40 yards. The shot is struck ever so well and looks to be creeping into the goal. Valdes is down well to his left to make the stop.
    • 39' GOAL FOR BARCA!! Guarin is the culprit. He skips past a challenge before attempting to play the ball back to Rolando, but the pass is misplaced and rolls to Messi on the edge of the penalty area. The forward advances towards goal and beats the onrushing Helton before rolling the ball into the empty net.
    • 37' Adriano and Villa exchange a one-two. The defender finds Xavi on the edge of the area, who shoots from 20 yards. The keeper palms it over.
    • 12' Great stuff from Hulk. The front man cuts in from the right and gets down the byline before looking to find the far corner. The effort flashes just wide.
    • 11' CHANCE!! Iniesta tries to feed Pedro into the box but Rolando gets a foot on it. It's not enough though, as the pass loops up and finds the winger inside the box. Pedro has time to take a touch but elects to try and lob the keeper. It lands on the roof of the net.
    • 8' Great effort. Great save. Moutinho collects the ball to the left of the penalty area and volleys towards goal. It may just have been drifting wide but Valdes makes sure.
    • 19:01 Barcelona: Valdes; Dani Alves, Mascherano, Abidal, Adriano; Xavi Iniesta Keita; Pedro, Messi, David Villa - SUBS - Oier, Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Thiago Alcantara, Busquets, Fontas, Jonathan /// Porto: Helton; Sapunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Fucile; Souza; Guarin, Moutinho; Hulk, Kleber, Cristian Rodriguez - SUBS - Rafael Bracali, Maicon, Belluschi, Varela, Djalma, Fernando, Defour

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