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Friday, August 26, 2011
More Hardware for Barcelona
The European Super Cup is an annual match between the winner of the Champions League and the winner of the Europa League. And now it's another piece of hardware that Barcelona can add to their collection. Barcelona defeated FC Porto 2-0 today behind goals from Lionel Messi in the first half and from newcomer Cesc Fábregas in the second to earn their second title in the last ten days (last week they won the Spanish Super Cup over Real Madrid). The reigning Portuguese and Europa League Champs fought valiantly, but any chance they had to come back was done in by two ejections late in the match forcing them to finish with just nine players. The win marked the 12th trophy that Barcelona has won under coach Pep Guardiola in his 4 years at the helm. It also marked just the 4th time in Barcelona's storied history that they'd won the Super Cup, the last time being 2009.
Barcelona kicks off its quest for more titles next week as the open up play in La Liga hosting Villareal on Monday. They will start Champions League play a few weeks later where they are paired up with AC Milan, BATE Borisov and Viktoria Plzen.