Real Madrid takes Supercopa over Barcelona

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:26 PM by Roberto Garcia

The rivalry just gets better and better.  Every match is nothing short of an event when Barca faces Real.  Wednesday was no different as they battled with ferocity.

Real Madrid had failed to win in their last 7 home matches against Barcelona.  They set about ending that streak as they raced out to a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes of play. Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo notched the goals.

Things went from bad to worse for Barcelona as Adriano was shown red on 30 minutes for taking down Ronaldo.  The match looked lost there as they faced an hour with 10 men and down two goals.

Lionel Messi to the rescue though.  He snatched one back on a wonderful freekick just before halftime and Barcelona suddenly had a lifeline. Chances continued to come at both ends after the break but Real failed to make its man advantage count and was nearly made to pay as Messi shot just inches wide deep into stoppage time.  Barca were more than unlucky to have not gotten the decisive goal.

The game provided coach Jose Mourinho with the last piece of silverware missing from his Spanish trophy cabinet. The Portuguese coach's 20th title means he has won every trophy available in the four leagues where he's coached -- Spain, England, Italy and Portugal.

Real had failed to win any of its previous three games this season but did not seem like a team lacking in confidence as it stormed out of the gates early on.

"The first half belonged to us and generally the whole game did," Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas said. "We came in on a bad run and the fans were doubting us a bit, but there are days when you have good luck and days when you have bad."