25 Aug 2012

First blood to Barcelona against Real Madrid

12:48 pm on 25 August 2012

Barcelona has won its first duel of the season with Spanish rivals Real Madrid, 3-2 in the Spanish Super Cup in Barcelona.

An embarrassing blunder by the Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes handed Real Madrid a lifeline late in the match, but the Galácticos were unable to score an equaliser.

With Barca 3-1 ahead, and pressing for a fourth goal, Valdes was caught out inside his own penalty area as he tried to dribble the ball clear only to be dispossessed by Angel Di Maria who scored into an empty goal.

Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez had earlier scored second-half goals to give Barca a convincing lead after Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid ahead on 55 minutes.