All because of one player.
Originally Posted by Alamaking
Spanish Supercup: Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 2 (5-4 Agg.)
18 August 2011
After Ronaldo tested Victor Valdes in the opening seconds, Barcelona responded when a perfectly timed Messi pass put Iniesta through on goal, with the Spanish international nonchalantly scooping the ball over Iker Casillas for a 14th-minute lead. But their advantage was short-lived, as Real equalised just six minutes later with Ronaldo deflecting Benzema's bouncing volley into Valdes' goal from close range.
Barcelona won the Spanish Supercup on Wednesday, with a 3-2 result over Real Madrid in a fiery second leg sealing a 5-4 aggregate triumph.
In a match that mirrored the drama and goalmouth action from Sunday's 2-2 first-leg draw at the Bernabeu, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi goals came either side of Cristiano Ronaldo's strike to see Barcelona ahead 2-1 at half-time at Camp Nou.
Karim Benzema equalised for the visitors in the closing stages, but Messi added a second to secure yet another trophy for Pep Guardiola's men. Marcelo's red card after a wild lunge on new Barcelona signing Cesc Fabregas caused ugly scenes late in the affair, with players and coaches scuffling on the sideline.
Both sides then exchanged chances, with Pedro producing a superb curling shot that Casillas palmed to safety, while a stinging drive from Ronaldo was parried onto the crossbar from Valdes. But Messi, just as he did on Sunday, struck on the stroke of half-time. The Argentine latched onto a backheel from Gerard Pique, held off Ronaldo's chase and flicked his shot into Casillas' far corner.
Madrid drew level on 80 minutes after Benzema stayed poised amid a goalmouth scramble to swivel toward goal and slot the ball out of Valdes' reach. As extra-time beckoned, substitute Fabregas, introduced as Real celebrated their second equaliser, was involved in the build-up before Messi met Adriano's cross with a sublime volley that sailed in for the winner.
After such an exciting tie, however, the fixture descended into chaos when Marcelo wrapped his legs around Fabregas, prompting all 22 players into a sideline scrap as the officials struggled to regain control amid a flurry of confusion. Marcelo, Mesut Oezil and David Villa all received red cards for their part in the melee.