Barcelona came out on top in a very exciting match against Real Madrid on Thursday night on their home pitch Camp Nou in Barcelona. The match was the first leg of the Super Cup, with the second and final leg scheduled for August 29.
The win gave new Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova his first win over rival manager Jose Mourinho of Real. Barcelona fell behind 1-0 but quickly fought back to score 3 unanswered goals before Real got one back late, as the final score was 3-2.
The match was the first between the two bitter rivals this year and as usual, the team clubs provided heated moments in front of a capacity crowd of over 91,000.
All of the scoring in the match came in the second half. The first half was dictated by Barcelona’s incredible ball control. However, they only had one or two opportunities against Madrid’s goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas.
Real scored first in the second half at the 55th minute when superstar Cristiano Ronaldo headed home a ball he received from a corner kick. With that score, Ronaldo was the first Madrid player to score in four consecutive matches against Barcelona in Camp Nou.
Nevertheless, the lead by Real was short, as one minute later Argentine Javier Mascherano connected on a long pass with Pedro Rodriquez and the Spaniard fire a ball past the outstretched right arm of Casillas. After that, Barcelona scored two more unanswered goals – one on a penalty by Lionel Messi and one from Xavi Hernandez.
Late in the game, Angel Di Maria stole the ball from Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to score Real’s second goal. The error by Valdes could prove costly for Barcelona when they play the second leg in Madrid next Wednesday.