SPANISH FOOTBALL kicked off the new 2011 - 2012 season with the 1º leg of the SPANISH SUPER CUP between REAL MADRID & FC BARCELONA which finished in a 2 - 2 draw result. It was an intense & hard fought game that had everything a "classico" habitually has & nothing to do with a summer start of the season match. In fact, it looked as if both sides were playing the final of Champions which highlights the intense rivalry between these two Spanish Football giants.

Real Madrid started with the same 11 that got a 5 - 0 hiding at "Camp Nou" last season & showed a vast improvement, while Barça left on the bench Xavi, Pique & Pedro - all 3 came on later - but managed to hold out the attacks & score twice. And here was the difference, Real Madrid played better most of the game but were less effective at turning their chances into goal. Part of this failure to score more goals was because Barça goalie Victor Valdes was enlightened tonight & made 3 - 4 saves that were incredible & kept Barça alive in their worst moments 

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Ozil scores for Real Madrid

Real Madrid was very intense for the first 25 mins & chocked Barça in defence & in the midfield. This allowed Real Madrid to create numerous chances & they scored first via OZIL in the 13th min after Benzema did a fabulous slalom to pass & find the German. Real Madrid were dominate & again failed to turn the advantage into more goals & "knock out" their opponent.

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Villa scores for Barça

Real Madrid paid for their ineffectiveness & dropped in intensity to see how DAVID VILLA picked up the ball on a wing, confronted Sergio Ramos & let go a curler that beat Casillas dry in the 35th min. This shook Real Madrid & Barcelona regained their composure & began playing their habitual touch Football game. Then MESSI, invisible up to this point, took the ball outside the square, dribbled three Real defenders & scored in the 45th min. Conclusion, two chances for Barça & two goals, that is, 100% effectiveness.

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Messi scores

With two away goal now with Barça & one goal behind, Real Coach Mourinho put on Coentrao ( for Di Maria) & Callejon (for Khedira) to freshen up the midfield & it paid dividends. Real Madrid took back control & began creating opportunities, which came with the equalizer via XABI ALONSO in the 53rd min. From here, Real Madrid tried for the victory & Cristiano Ronaldo had three clear chances that were denied by goalie Valdes & deflections. However, once again Ronaldo fails to live up to expectations in the "big moments" & again was below his best against Barcelona.

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Xabi scores for Real Madrid

Barcelona put on Pique, Xavi & Pedro & managed to secure the result while possible penalties were not called on both sides which adds to the controversy & adds spice to these clashes. No doubt the front covers of the press will have these controversies
splashed all over them.

End result a draw, with Barcelona happy as they can attempt to secure things at "Camp Nou" next Wednesday in the 2ºleg & Real Madrid will have a "bitter taste" as they deserved much more & should have won this match. They let this chance go.

So , until next Wednesday & the 2º leg of the Spanish Super Cup , were another Top match is guaranteed & a winner will be decided.

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