Modric and Madrid beat Song and Barcelona in Super Cup

Aug 30, 2012

Ex-Spurs man wins trophy on his debut for Real Madrid, former Gunner must wait longer

REAL MADRID got one over on perennial rivals Barcelona in the Spanish football season's traditional curtain raiser, the Super Cup, beating the Catalans 2-1 to win the two-legged competition on away goals.

Early strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain gave Madrid the lead at the Bernabeu, and although Lionel Messi pulled one back just before half time it was not enough for Barcelona.

The first leg at the Camp Nou had finished 3-2 to Barcelona and the 2-1 win for Madrid in the second match meant the aggregate score was 4-4, and Real's away goals earned them the first silverware of the season.

It was the first time they had won the trophy since 2008 and it denied Barcelona a fourth straight win.

This edition of El Clasico was not just of interest to fans of Spanish football, Spurs and Arsenal supporters would also have taken an interest. Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric made his debut for Real days after the two clubs agreed a 'partnership' that could lead to business collaborations, loan deals for players and joint coaching workshops.

Arsenal fans had two former Gunners to keep tabs on. Alex Song made a late appearance as a substitute but could not influence the result and Cesc Fabregas sat out the game on the bench.

Wags on Twitter were quick to point out that after four trophyless years at Spurs, Luka Modric had won some silverware after playing just ten minutes for his new club, while others noted that Alex Song's long wait for a trophy would have to continue.

The game was somewhat less controversial than last year's clash between the two teams, when where was an ugly touchline brawl involving all 22 players during which Jose Mourinho appeared to gouge Tito Vilanova, now Barcelona's manager, in the eye.

It was Real's first win of the season after a shock loss to Getafe in the league last weekend and an opening day draw with Vlaencia.

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