17.08.2011 » Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid. Exciting game ends with a shameful fight
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The first trophy of the Spanish season is heading to Barcelona, after a thrilling and exciting match in the Camp Nou. Once again, Barcelona showed how important it is to successfully take their goal scoring chances. Real Madrid got beaten by 3-2, but had plenty of opportunities to score more goals. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of his career in the Camp Nou, which was also his 100th goal while wearing a Real Madrid shirt. The MVP of the match was Lionel Messi though, after the Argentinian scoring 2 goals and authentically putting the Spanish Super Cup out of Real Madrid's reach. The negative note of the night came close to the end, when Marcelo fouled Fabregas from behind and several fights took place close to the side-line, between players and coaching staff. As a result, three players were sent off (Marcelo, Ozil and David Villa) and several other incidents happened. You may watch all the goals and highlights from Barcelona vs Real Madrid in the video below:
Real Madrid started the game with a clear strategy of pressuring Barcelona right away. José Mourinho men fought like soliders and manage to suffocate Barcelona, not allowing the Blaugrana to complete 3 passes in the first 10 minutes. However, and as the time passed, Real Madrid slowed down and Lionel Messi took his first opportunity to dribble two defenders and assist Iniesta for the first goal of the match. Real Madrid knew that from that point on, that they would need to score at least 2 goals to still dream of winning the trophy. The reaction took place just 5 minutes after, with Cristiano Ronaldo majestically deflecting a cross made by Benzema.
With the 1-1 draw on the scoreline, Barcelona still had the advantage because the Blaugrana had achieved a 2-2 draw last Sunday, in the Santiago Bernabeu. However, the game kept wide open, with both teams creating danger. Pedrito forced Casillas to make a tremendous save in the 22th minute and Cristiano Ronaldo had a great shot close to the 24th minute, but it collided with the crossbar, after a slight deflection from Victor Valdes. One of the key moments of the game happened near the halftime, when after a Barcelona's corner kick, Piqué assisted Lionel Messi with a backheel pass, and the Argentinian finished the play with class, making it 2-1.
The 2nd half came and Mourinho didn't lose time. Marcelo replaced Sami Khedira who had already seen a yellow card and the Merengues went looking for a 2nd goal that would draw this final. However, Barcelona ball possession no had much more quality when compared to the first half, and the team was managing to keep the ball in a more safe way, forcing Real Madrid to struggle and not creating so many goal scoring chances. Lots of fouls and small fights took place and Mascherano, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Adriano were also shown the yellow card. Around the 80th minute, Karim Benzema finally found the back of the net and put the score in 2-2, putting everything even. The French finished a confusing play originated from a corner and made the Merengues believe again that it was still possible to beat Barcelona in the Camp Nou. However, close to the 86th minute, the little man from Barcelona, Lionel Messi, found strenghts to make one last intervention in the game and scored the 3-2, putting an end to Real Madrid hopes.
Around the 94th minute, and just 1 minute before the match ended, all the anxiety and tension blew up. Fabregas received the ball close to the side-line and Marcelo didn't hold himself and fouled him from behind with a scissors tackle. The referee whistled and immediatly showed the Brazilian the red card. What happened next was the result of so much tension accumulated from so many matches ("El Clasicos"), between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the last months. A big mess was generated from this incident and a few aggressions were witnessed and captured by the TV cameras. In what was an avoidable moment, players and coaching staff were seen "assaulting" and hitting each other, in several fights.
A few players involved in these incidents were Ozil, David Villa and Pinto (Barcelona's substitute goalkeeper). José Mourinho was also catched putting a finger in the eye (poking or pulling ears?) of a Barcelona assisting coach (Francesc Tito Vilanova), who responded immediatly with a strong pushing. You can watch everything from this fighting scenes, in the video below:
Real Madrid line-up: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Fábio Coentrão, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Di María, Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema.
Barcelona line-up: Victor Valdés, Daniel Alves, Piqué, Javier Mascherano, Abidal, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedrito.
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
Here are all Cristiano Ronaldo actions and highlights vs Barcelona:
Real Madrid lost the Spanish Super Cup to Barcelona, but the season is just beginning. Real Madrid will now play against Athletic Bilbao next Sunday, in the 1st fixture of the Spanish League (La Liga) and Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be on the line-up for this match. You can watch the game Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao live streams, inside the Live Games Streams section. The kickoff will be at 18:00 (Spain local time). Below, we also provide a list of a few local time informations for the match kickoff, in several places across the World:
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao - 21th of August, 2011 (Sunday):
17:00 (GMT+1) - London (U.K.), Lisbon (Portugal)
18:00 (GMT+2) - Madrid (Spain)
00:00 (GMT+8) - Beijing (China), (Monday)
08:00 (GMT-8) - Los Angeles (USA)