Thursday August 23, 2012 Final Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 3 - 2 Real Madrid

  • Pedro 56’
  • Messi 70’ (pen.)
  • Xavi 78’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 55’
  • Di María 85’

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Real Madrid
    • FT Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid. What a thrilling second half at Camp Nou. Barca the better team throughout and should have more than a slender lead to take with them to the Santiago Bernabeu. But it ends with Barca taking a one-goal lead to the Spanish capital.
    • 90' We are into stoppage time...
    • 89' What a thrilling second half this has been. Messi is so close to making it 4-1, and 20 seconds later it's 3-2. Real Madrid have Casillas to thank for atruly world class save to deny Messi a brace.
    • 88' Barca sub: Alba on, Pedro off
    • 87' Nightmare for Valdes. The keeper fails to clear a simple ball back to him and attempts to dribble it past Di Maria. The Argentine tackles the keeper and just turns into the empty net. 3-2
    • 86' GOAL! Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid (Di Maria)
    • 85' So close to a Messi hat-trick! Casillas pulls off a great save to deny Messi from point-blank range!
    • 84' Barca sub: Fabregas on, Xavi off
    • 83' Messi drives forward but he is fouled by Ronaldo, who got a little too physical there.
    • 82' Marcelo will play in attacking midfield for the final few minutes.
    • 81' Real Madrid sub: Marcelo on, Ozil off
    • 80' Real looking a little tired now. All that chasing earlier in the game seems to be catching up with them.
    • 79' Pedro is back on the field and is put through by Pique, but the defender's pass is just too strong for the forward and Casillas claims.
    • 78' Xavi puts the result beyond doubt. Iniesta drives infield and displays magnificent vision to pick out the pass to Xavi at the perfect moment - and Xavi slots into the corner.
    • 77' GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid (Xavi)
    • 76' Pedro is receiving treatment after a clash with Ramos, who seemed to step on his La Furia Roja teammate.
    • 75' What a fabulous defence-splitting pass by Xabi Alonso. The former Liverpool man finds Ozil, who seemed to have the ball under control in the box - but just loses control at the last moment.
    • 74' But Valdes does a better job at the corner, plucking it from the sky.
    • 73' Ozil floats another sumptious free-kick into the box - and Valdes only gets a small part of his first on it and Real have a corner.
    • 72' Barca sub: Tello on, Iniesta off
    • 71' Do Barca deserve the lead? Tweet me
    • 70' Messi sends Casillas the wrong way from the spot to score his first goal against Real Madrid in 432 minutes of football.
    • 69' GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid (Messi pen)
    • 68' Penalty to Barca! Iniesta is fouled by Ramos in the box.
    • 67' The intensity has dropped slightly from the high octane stuff we saw a few minutes ago.
    • 66' Pique drives forward into an advanced position on the left wing. He pulls the ball all the way back to Iniesta, who tries to find Messi with a through ball - but Ramos intercepts.
    • 65' Real Madrid sub: Di Maria on, Callejon off
    • 64' Real Madrid are playing like a different team at the moment. Higuain hammers a shot straight at Pique, before Ronaldo's effort is blocked.
    • 63' Real seeing far more of the ball now. Ozil floats the ball in to Higuain, but his header is too high for the waiting Ronaldo and Valdes comes out to claim.
    • 62' Far more purpose about both sides in the second half. It's been an exhilarating 10 minutes or so...
    • 61' Pique flashes his header wide from the resulting corner.
    • 60' Barca chance! What a save by Casillas! Messi glides past Ramos like he isn't there and feeds Alves on the right. Alves cuts onto his left foot and guides it towards the far bottom corner, but Casillas pulls off a magnificent fingertip save!
    • 59' Real Madrid sub: Higuain on, Benzema off.
    • 58' Barca hit the post, but the referee blows for a foul. Alves hangs a cross from the right that Alexis attacks and heads against the post - but he adjudged to have shoved Arbeloa. Which he did.
    • 57' Ronaldo had been having such a quiet game until that point. He's terrorising Barca again as he drives down the left and cuts back to Benzema, but the Frenchman had already made his run and the ball is behind him.
    • 56' Two goals in a minute! This game has really come to life now. Pedro latches onto a superb through ball, takes a touch to get away from Coentrao and drills it low past Casillas. 1-1!
    • 55' GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (Pedro)
    • 54' A goal out of nothing. Ozil fires in a corner from the right, Ronaldo darts to the near post and sends a thumping header beyond Valdes. Busquets was marking him.
    • 53' GOAL! Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid (Ronaldo)
    • 52' Alves releases Alexis, who muscles his way past Arbeloa and into a shooting position - but then goes down looking for a penalty. Slight tangle of legs, but never a penalty claim.
    • 51' Real Madrid still chasing as Barca call the shots. Surely fatigue will play it's part later on? Los Blancos playing a noticeably higher defensive line in this second half, though.
    • 50' Raul Albiol finally goes into the book for a foul on, yes you've guessed it, Busquets. Albiol wasn't booked earlier, so this is his first. Yellow cards racking up now.
    • 49' Ozil floats it in towards Ronaldo, but the Purtuguese is tussling with Adriano and the free-kick goes Barca's way.
    • 48' Arbeloa goes down a little easily under Alexis's challenge, and Real Madrid have a free-kick in a dangerous area.
    • 47' Nice movement by Barca again, but this time Khedira gets back to steal the ball off Xavi's toes.
    • 46' Barca get the second half underway.
    • HT @Ironcub14 on Twitter: "From the look of the match so far, are we looking at the two most likely finalists in the Champions League this year?" Tweet me your thoughts
    • HT Messi has come closest to scoring, missing two good openings. Barca have been the better side and have created the best chances, but Real look dangerous on the break - and Benzema could have given Los Blancos the lead. What did you make of it? Tweet me
    • 45' HT Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid.
    • 44' Things becoming a little scrappy as we approach the break.
    • 43' Yellow cards flying out of the referee's pocket now. Mascherano sees Coentrao bursting clear for a dangerous counter-attack - and cynically chops him down.
    • 42' Arbeloa, who has had a very solid game up to now, steams into Busquets (again) and this time he goes into the book.
    • 41' Albiol catches Xavi on the edge of the box, and that should be a definite booking. Somehow, it isn't. Xavi's free-kick deflects out for a corner.
    • 40' That's why Coentrao is starting ahead of Marcelo these days - Coentrao is a better defender.
    • 39' Alexis drives at Coentrao, but the former Benfica defender stands up well to him and wins the ball cleanly.
    • 38' This time Xavi tries his luck from distance, but the shot was always rising.
    • 37' Big penalty shout for Barca! Alexis drives into the box and goes down under Ramos's challenge - but replays show little, if any, contact.
    • 36' Ronaldo ducks and weaves his way into a crossing position on the left, but Mascherano heads clear. Real Madrid must do more in the second half to use Ronaldo. The Portuguese hasn't seen enough of the ball to cause Barca problems in this first half.
    • 35' It's been absorbing, it's been enthralling but, thus far, it's goalless at Camp Nou.
    • 34' Ozil's corner is cleared but he gets a second chance and sweeps a better ball in towards Benzema at the far post, but Valdes reads it well and punches clear.
    • 33' Coentrao hustles his way into a crossing position on the left, and wins a corner off Alves.
    • 32' This game is opening up. A goal is surely not far away...
    • 31' Barca chance! Pedro lets fly from distance and the ball was dipping under the bar, but Casillas tips over. Superb effort.
    • 30' Chance for Real Madrid! Ronaldo breaks down the left and finds Ozil in the centre. The German releases Benzema, who fairly uses his shoulder to get beyond Adriano - but Benzema's shot is saved by Valdes.
    • 29' Alexis skips away from Ronaldo, who petulantly fouls him. Is frustration setting in already for Real?
    • 28' Messi misses! The Argentine glides into a superb shooting position on the edge of the box but, by his exceptional standards, his shot is poor and Real Madrid can breathe again.
    • 27' Xavi finds space 20 yards from goal and goes for the shot - but Ramos and Coentrao combine to make the block.
    • 26' Messi feeds Alves on the right and Alves tries to return the favour but Real Madrid clear. Los Blancos looking increasingly uncomfortable and Jose Mourinho is barking instructions from the very edge of his technical area.
    • 25' @Rahulray2 on Twitter: "The tactic Real Madrid is using is not good enough because Barca have all kinds of tricks." Tweet me your thoughts on the game
    • 24' Messi goes for goal from the resulting free-kick, but it clips off the top of the wall for a corner.
    • 23' @Meikle14 on Twitter: "Even if Real Madrid get one on the break and play defensive, Xavi and Iniesta can find the gap anywhere so I doubt it will work." Tweet me your thoughts on the game
    • 22' It's Raul Albiol's turn to catch Busquets late. He nervously looks at the referee, but just a free-kick this time.
    • 21' 75% of this game is being played in the Real Madrid half, but Los Blancos seem happy to soak up the pressure. But Benzema is becoming isolated in attack for Real Madrid.
    • 20' Baca still building, but Real Madrid holding a very tight defensive line.
    • 19' Barca chance! Best chance of the game so far falls to Messi. Alves finds space wide on the right, and crosses to Messi on the edge the box. The forward shifts the ball onto his left foot, but just fails to keep the shot down. That looked like it would be the opener, still 0-0 though. Barca shading it.
    • 18' Messi is fouled, but the referee plays a good advantage - despite the jeers by the home fans! Pedro feeds Alexis, whose effort is blocked brilliantly by Ramos.
    • 17' Pique goes for glory from distance after Real Madrid successfully forced Barca back after a promising attack. Pique's effort whistles wide.
    • 16' Another great break by Real Madrid. Khedira bursts down the left and crosses early - but Barca clear. That's going to be Real's tactic tonight. One on the break, then shut up shop. Will it work? Tweet me
    • 15' Iniesta darts down the left wing and flashes the ball across the face of goal. Alexis was steaming in at the far post but it was just too strong for him.
    • 14' Pedro escapes the attentions of Raul Albiol for a moment in the box, but Raul Albiol gets back and concedes the throw-in. It's backs against the ball for Real so far.
    • 13' Busquets is fouled again, and the ball is then kicked at his head. This is all getting a little tetchy.
    • 12' Real Madrid's Raul Albiol has seen yellow. It must have been for something he said because he hasn't fouled anyone.
    • 11' Coentrao cuts in from the left and finds Ronaldo, who tries to release Ozil with a cute through ball - but again Pique is there.
    • 10' Alonso catches Busquets very late. The Barca man rolls about six times to make sure the referee spots the foul, but play goes on...
    • 9' Real Madrid almost catch Barca out on the counter-attack! Ronaldo motors down the right wing this time and rolls the ball to Benzema in the middle, but there's not enough on Ronaldo's pass and Pique gets back to rescue possession.
    • 8' Xavi picks out Alves with a raking ball out to the right - but the ball skids off the greasy surface and away from the Brazilian.
    • 7' Messi having a quiet game so far. Hasn't scored in four Clasicos, having once held a 13 in 15 record.
    • 6' Adriano bursts forward from left-back and is fouled halfway inside the Real half. Barca on top so far.
    • 5' Ronaldo gets his first taste of this Clasico. Drives at Pique down the left side, but Pique stands up to his former Manchester United colleague and takes the ball off Ronaldo's toes.
    • 4' Barca's first spell of pressure. Huge cheer for Busquets, who skips away from Benzema - but Ramos breaks up the move and is fouled by Busquets as he drives out of defence with the ball.
    • 3' Alonso exchanges passes with Ozil at the free-kick, but Khedira is offside as Alonso looks to thread the ball through.
    • 2' Ozil is straight into the action, driving at the Barca defence - before Mascherano trips the German 30 yards from goal.
    • 1' Real Madrid get the first leg of the Super Cup underway.
    • 21.29 @justmessi29 on Twitter: "The biggest surprise is the omission of Alba and Adriano taking his place. Can prove crucial" Tweet me your predictions here
    • 21.28 This Clasico doesn't mean anything? Try telling the 95,000 fans inside Camp Nou tonight. A fantastic atmosphere for this first Clasico of the season.
    • 21.26 @Altikhan on Twitter: "Barca will win tonight. DV7 should play, he shouldnt be on the bench." Tweet me your predictions here
    • 21.25 Barcelona and Real Madrid have met five times in the Spanish Super Cup. Real have won four of those titles, and Los Blancos overall record is five wins, two draws, three defeats.
    • 21.23 If Barca win the cup, it would be the first time in history a club has won the Spanish Super Cup four times in a row.
    • 21.21 Lionel Messi is the all-time scorer of the Super Cup with 8 goals, but he has gone 362 minutes without scoring against Real Madrid.
    • 21.19 A few stats for you...
    • 21.18 Mourinho went on to give his assessment of Vilanova's Barca: "For me it's Barcelona and nothing more, it isn't Guardiola or Vilanova- it's Barcelona," said Mourinho. "It's practically the same team as last season, with its playing style, that may change because no two people are exactly the same and surely something will set them apart. But for me it's the same old Barcelona, a talented team with great players but I don't see this team being that different to the one it was."
    • 21.13 Jose Mourinho was equally dismissive of the importance of this two-legged contest. "The Super Cup doesn't influence the league championship and if I could choose I'd sign off right now on losing the Super Cup for winning the league," said Mourinho. "If losing the Super Cup motivated us I'd sign now, but I don't think it influences the league in any way." Anyone would think they don't want to win this...
    • 21.10 Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova, is refusing to get caught up in the hype surrounding his first Clasico encounter. "What's at stake for me? Nothing," he said. "It's not like that if we don't win, the world will fall down around me. I don't believe that much is at stake in every game, because I want to enjoy this job peacefully. I'm sorry, but there are more important things in my life."
    • 21.06 What is your reaction to Kaka's absence? Are you disappointed that Song is not on the Barca bench? Who will win tonight? Tweet me your comments here - I'd love to hear from you lovely people
    • 21.03 Mourinho has left out Nuri Sahin, bound for Liverpool, and Ricardo Carvalho, tying up a deal to Queens Park Rangers. But perhaps most intriguing is the absence of Kaka. The Brazilian playmaker, linked with a move to Manchester United and back to AC Milan, didn't travel to Barcelona.
    • 21.00 Jose Mourinho has also made changes, reinstating Sami Khedira to the Real Madrid midfield in place of Lassana Diarra. Pepe hasn't recovered from a knock to the head sustained on Sunday when he clashed with Iker Casillas. The incident had Pepe thinking his name was "Pablo". Callejon and Benzema replace Argetine pair Di Maria and Higuain, who both drop to the bench.
    • 20.56 Carlos Puyol, Jordi Alba, Cesc Fabregas and Cristian Tello all drop to the bench, having featured in Barca's 5-1 demolition of Real Sociedad on Sunday.
    • 20.55 So Alex Song does not make the Barcelona squad, having just signed a 5-year deal at Camp Nou. Speaking on Wednesday, Song said: "Everyone likes Barca's style of play and now I have the chance to be one of them. I won't let anybody down." Afellay, who has been linked with a move to Zenit St Petersburg, is anothe player not to make the Barca bench.
    • 20.50 Barcelona XI: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Alexis. Subs: Pinto, Puyol, Alba, Cesc, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Villa. Real Madrid XI: Casillas; Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira, Callejon; Ozil; Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Varane, Marcelo, Lassana Diarra, Granero, Di Maria, Higuaín.
    • 20.47 The teams are already in...
    • 20.45 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Spanish Super Cup clash between Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid. This first leg is at Camp Nou, before the teams play the second leg next Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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    • 68' Penalty to Barca! Iniesta is fouled by Ramos in the box.

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