Despite having advantages of a host team and playing more impressively, Real Madrid left Barcelona to earn a 2 - 2 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup 2011 in front of 80,000 fans in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu. Opportunities to reach the championship of Messi and his team are nearer and nearer before the re-match at Nou Camp.
Real Madrid went ahead in the 13th through Mesut Oezil in a vibrant atmosphere before David Villa and Lionel Messi put Barcelona ahead at the break. Xabi Alonso's second-half goal gained Real Madrid a 2-2 draw against Barcelona in a first-leg Spanish Supercup match. In the 54th minute, Alonso fired a low shot beyond goalkeeper Victor Valdes to equalize after Barcelona had surprised Madrid by taking a 2 - 1 halftime lead. The second leg takes place at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Barca coach Pep Guardiola told reporters: “We are behind with our preparations so it has been a huge achievement to get a result against a Real Madrid side who have played very well.”
Team Line-ups of First Leg at Spanish Super Cup 2011:
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira (Callejón, 57), Di María (Coentrao, 53); Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema (Higuaín, 81).
Barcelona: Valdés; Dani Álves, Mascherano, Abidal, Adriano (Piqué, 61); Keita, Thiago (Villa, 57), Iniesta; Alexis, Villa (Pedro, 72), Messi.
Real Madrid's football players posed together before the first match of Spanish Supercup 2011 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday 14 August
Barcelona's David Villa after scoring against Real Madrid
FC Barcelona's David Villa celebrated his goal with Lionel Messi and Adriano Correia during the first leg Spanish Supercup soccer match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium
The victory moment of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi
Real Madrid's Sami Khedira from Germany conflicted with Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina during the match
FC Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola reacted during the first leg of the Spanish Supercup soccer match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid
Real Madrid's Pepe celebrated after Mesut Ozil scored against FC Barcelona, giving Real a 13th-minute lead
Mesut Ozil was pictured after scoring during the first leg of the Spanish Supercup soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, in Madrid on Sunday August 14
Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos celebrated after scoring against Barcelona
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: First Leg at Spanish Supercup 2011 in Pictures