Real Madrid defeats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Spanish Supercopa after 4 years
Following a stalemate at Nou Camp, Real Madrid increased their firepower at Santiago Bernabeu. The change in tactics did the trick for Real Madrid as Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two early goals in the first half of the game.
Barcelona was left with 10 men on the pitch following a red card to Adriano. The Brazilian fullback was given the marching orders after he fouled in order to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring.
Just before the halftime whistle Lionel Messi put one Barcelona with a stunning swerving free-kick from 30 yards out.
The tactics of Barcelona’s new manager Tito Vilanova came under fire by fans and experts at half time. However, Barcelona went back to their tiki taka style of play to dominate the game once again.
Barcelona enjoyed possession and came up with more goal scoring opportunities in the second half, but their progress bore no fruit. In spite of having lesser possession Real Madrid’s attack was much more successful.
Pedro came near to equalizing just after halftime with a perfect long ball from Javier Mascherano, but the Spaniard was unable to place the ball in the back of the net.
Lionel Messi made some brilliant runs in the dying moments of the game, but Real Madrid’s defenders and goalkeeper Iker Casillias were two major reasons for Real Madrid’s impregnable defense.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star Luka Modric made his first appearance under a Real Madrid jersey in the 83rd minute of the game. It soon became clear that Luka Modric needed more time to settle into the first team because a couple of defensive errors in the midfield led to goal scoring opportunities for Barcelona.
After four long years Real Madrid finally claimed victory at the Spanish Supercopa. Increase in competition between Real Madrid and Barcelona means the El Clasicos will more fierce this season.