Barcelona wins first leg of Super Cup by beating Real Madrid 3-2
August 24, 2012- Barcelona was down a goal early in the second half of their match last night versus Real Madrid. However, the club reeled off three consecutive goals before Real was able to get one back. The result saw Barcelona win 3-2 in the Super Cup’s opening leg. The win gave new manager Tito Vilanova a win in his first matchup against Real’ Jose Mourinho.
It was the first meeting this season between the two rivals from Spain. The two clubs provided the usual heated moments in the game and an exciting second half. Over 91,700 fans turned out for the match in Barcelona.
All of the scoring took place in the second half, which was much more fluid and open than the first 45 minutes. Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 55th minute with a beautiful header off a corner kick. With the score, Ronaldo became just the first player for Madrid to score a goal in for straight matches at Camp Nou.
The lead by Real was short-lived as Javier Mascherano led Pedro Rodriguez with a perfect pass on the game’s next possession and the forward fired the ball past Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. In the 70th minute, Andres Iniesta drew a penalty form Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi made Real pay by ripping a shot from the spot past the diving Casillas. Barcelona completed their scoring in the 78th minute when Xavi Hernandez took a sweet pass from Iniesta to easily beat Casillas.
Real pulled one back as Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes made a blunder trying to control a pass from a teammate and Angel Di Maria was able to steal the ball and fire a goal home. The teams meet in the second leg in Madrid on August 29 to determine the Super Cup winner.