BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Barcelona came back from a goal down to beat Real Madrid 3-2 in the Spanish SuperCup at Camp Nou on Thursday night.
Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2; Super Cup Goal highlights
Both teams admitted that no one had the advantage heading into the contest and they cancelled each other out in a scoreless first half.
Real Madrid took the lead though in the 55th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo headed home a corner kick taken by Mesut Ozil.
But Barcelona responded immediately when Pedro beat the offside trap and fired past his fellow Spanish countryman Iker Casillas in the 56th minute.
Sergio Ramos then paid the price for clumsy tackle on Andres Iniesta in the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.
Lionel Messi then stepped up and send Casillas the wrong way to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes to go in the game.
Midfielder Xavi then gave Barcelona a 3-1 lead in the 77th minute, following a good run by Iniesta, who finished it off by playing his fellow midfield general in for the easy finish.
Substitute Angel Di Maria scored for Real Madrid to make it 3-2, but the hosts held on for the final five minutes to take the win.
Barcelona v Real Madrid
Barcelona: 1. Victor Valdes, 2. Dani Alves, 3. Gerard Pique, 21. Adriano, 6. Xavi, 8. Andres Iniesta, 14. Javier Mascherano, 16. Sergio Busquets, 9. Alexis Sanchez, 10. Lionel Andres Messi, 17. Pedro Rodriguez.
Real Madrid: 1. Iker Casillas, 4. Sergio Ramos, 5. Fabio Coentrao, 17. Alvaro Arbeloa, 18. Raul Albiol, 6. Sami Khedira, 10. Mesut Ozil, 14. Xabi Alonso, 7. Cristiano Ronaldo, 9. Karim Benzema, 21. Jose Callejon.