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Barca hold Real in Super Cup first leg

posted 14 Aug 2011, 15:23 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 14 Aug 2011, 15:26 ]
Real Madrid and Barcelona draw 2-2 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, providing plenty of entertainment in a 'super match' at the Bernabeu.

 MADRID, SPAIN (AUGUST 14, 2011) SANTA MONICA -  European and La Liga champions Barcelona have the advantage of two away goals after holding

arch-rivals Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday (August 14).

King's Cup holders Real started stronger with French striker Karim Benzema forcing a brave save from

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

German international Mesut Ozil put the hosts in front after only 13 minutes stoking a vibrant

atmosphere at the Bernabeu.

Barca struggled to settle into their game but out of nothing David Villa levelled with a stunning shot in the 35th, and Lionel Messi rubbed salt in the wound as he scampered through to make it 2-1 just before the break.

Real stormed back in the second half Xabi Alonso equalising early on, but despite creating the better chances Barca hold the edge going into Wednesday's second leg at the Nou Camp.

Match summary

Real Madrid 2 Mesut Ozil 13, Xabi Alonso 54

Barcelona 2 David Villa 36, Lionel Messi 45+1

Halftime: 1-2