LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Goalkeeper Victor Valdes of Barcelona reacts during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid: Blaugrana Win First Leg 3-2

A hilarious error by Victor Valdes gave Madrid a second away goal, but Barcelona still held serve at home in the first leg of the Super Cup with a win. The second leg takes place Wednesday.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Final Score, Blaugrana Takes 3-2 Lead To Second Leg

Real Madrid have two away goals and a chance to turn around this result in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, but Barcelona will be heading into Wednesday's match as favorites to lift the trophy. Los Blancos jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Barca stormed back to go ahead 3-1. They appeared to be coasting to a two-goal victory before Victor Valdes gifted Madrid a goal, and the visitors will be heading back to the Santiago Bernabeu feeling like they have an excellent chance to win the cup after their 3-2 loss at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi had a very solid game, but was not at his best. He had two poor misses in a first half which was reminiscent of the second half of the last season, when Barcelona regularly dominated but inexplicably failed to score. Messi's great chances came in the 18th and 29th minutes, and he pulled both shots wide when he had a clear shooting lane.

The end of the second half featured a penalty shout for Alexis Sanchez, though no one made very much of it. Sergio Ramos appeared to make contact with Sanchez on the edge of the box, but Sanchez appeared to embellish the contact and no penalty was given. Eventually, Ramos' errors would catch up with him and Madrid.

Raul Albiol, Madrid's replacement in defense for the injured Pepe, had an absolutely terrible first half filled with aggressive fouls. Incredibly, he did not see his first yellow card until the 51st minute, then toned down his aggression significantly. It was about that time that Barcelona started playing much better and looking much more comfortable with their attacking movement.

However, for all of Barcelona's pretty play and domination of possession, they couldn't produce a goal in the early going. Madrid did very little going forward throughout the match, but they got on the board first with a great set piece routine, finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 55th minute. Mesut Özil provided the assist with a chipped cross into the box after the corner, and Ronaldo rose above the Barcelona defense to head the ball past Valdes.

They weren't able to celebrate their lead for very long. It took less than two minutes for Barcelona to find the equalizer, opening up the match considerably. With an uncharacteristic pinpoint long ball, Javier Mascherano set up the Blaugrana's first goal, hitting a perfect pass. Pedro picked it up and created a shot for himself with a perfect first touch, then placed the ball by Iker Casillas to tie up the score at 1-1.

For the next 13 minutes, the match was wide open with half-chances on both sides, but Ramos managed to end any chance of his side taking a win back to Madrid. In the 69th minute, he hauled down Andres Iniesta in the box and the referee correctly pointed to the spot. Messi stepped up and buried the penalty, putting Barcelona ahead.

The Blaugrana extended their lead in the 78th minute on a very typical Barcelona passing move, with Iniesta setting up Xavi for the goal. Iniesta timed his pass perfectly and somehow snuck a pass through two Madrid defenders, finding Xavi who barely stayed onside on his run. He finished calmly, extending Barcelona's lead

With a two-goal lead, the Blaugrana would have gone into Wednesday's second leg as heavy favorites to win the Super Cup, but Valdes gave Madrid a way back into the tie. He inexplicably gave the ball away to Angel Di Maria while dwelling on the ball in his own penalty area, and after Valdes failed multiple times to win the ball back, Di Maria scored from inside the six-yard box.

Barcelona can be pleased with their performance, but they've left themselves more work in the second leg than they should have had. If it wasn't for Valdes' error, this tie would be close to wrapped up. Instead, Barcelona are only very slight favorites.

You can find our previous coverage in our Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Ronaldo And Pedro Exchange Goals

Oh hi there Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid were outplayed by their hosts in the first half, but they've got the lead against Barcelona now. A fast break eventually leads to Jose Callejon winning a corner on the right side, and Mesut Ozil's inswinging delivery picks out Ronaldo perfectly, and the Portuguese bullets a header past Victor Valdes for the 1-0 lead.

How would Barca respond? By scoring, actually. Javier Mascherano sends in a through ball for a possibly offside Pedro, and a perfect first touch takes Fabio Coentrao out of the picture. The second slots past Iker Casillas to make it 1-1. That lead lasted about thirty seconds. We can't not be drawn in this game, apparently.

After the leveller, Karim Benzema attempts to restore the Madrid lead with a sidefooted volley from an angle that would make Marco van Basten blanch. It doesn't work.

Follow live coverage in our Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: 2nd Half Underway

We're back at the Camp Nou! Aren't you excited? I can feel your excitement. It's palpable. It's beautiful. Much more beautiful than this game, anyway. The first event of note that happens is that Raul Albiol gets booked for flying into a tackle on Sergio Busquets, who is 'injured' by his studs. Mmmmmhmmm.

Anyway, that should be Albiol's second booking (or his fourth), but the referee apparently takes the first yellow card he showed him back and give it to Xabi Alonso instead. This is all highly nonsensical.

Barcelona are playing a lot of long passes forward, which seems silly as they have a cumulative height of one Sergio Ramos, and it's not really working very well. Oh, and Alexis Sanchez tries for another penalty with another dive. It doesn't work this time either.

Follow live coverage in our Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Halftime Score, 0-0 With Blaugrana Controlling Play

UPDATE: Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid, Final Score

It's been an entertaining 45 minutes of football in the Spanish Super Cup, but neither Barcelona or Real Madrid has been able to separate themselves from the other, and they're locked up at 0-0. Barcelona have been well on top in possession, as everyone expects going into any of their matches, but they have struggled to create clear scoring opportunities and have not made the most of their half chances.

Real Madrid looked very good pressing and getting out on the counter-attack in the opening 15 minutes of the match, but Barcelona were eventually able to settle down in a rhythm and set up camp in Madrid's half of the pitch. Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso and the Madrid defense did well to win possession back and start moves forward, but Madrid's attackers were mostly ineffective in the first half.

Lionel Messi had both of the game's best chances, but was not able to convert on either of them. The first came 18 minutes into the match on a very nice cutback ball by Daniel Alves, which made its way through the defense to Messi at the top of the penalty area. Messi had a shooting lane, but pulled his shot wide. He had a similar-looking shot in the 29th minute after he danced through a bit of traffic, but produced the same result.

Barcelona also had a penalty shout late in the half, but the referee didn't give the spot kick. Sergio Ramos appeared to make contact with Alexis Sanchez as the Blaugrana forward went down in the box, but Sanchez went down very easily, and he certainly didn't protest when he stood up.

Besides one corner kick late in the half and a good interception by Girard Pique on a through ball intended for Cristiano Ronaldo eight minutes into the match, it's been all one-way traffic thus far. It seems like it's only a matter of time before Barcelona finds the breakthrough, but Real Madrid has held onto 0-0 draws before.

It's also worth noting that Raul Albiol, who is making a rare start in the center of defense for Real Madrid, is seriously playing with fire. He somehow escaped getting booked in the first half and seems intent on being as aggressive as possible until he sees yellow. He probably should have been booked a couple of times in the first half.

Follow live coverage in our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Match Underway

The first Clasico of the 2012/13 season has now begun, and even though this is a friendly don't expect much in the way of smiles between these two teams. Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two best teams in world football, and their rivalry is, well, rather intense. Last season, it was Los Blancos who knocked the Catalans off their pedestal at the top of La Liga, so expect Barcelona to be looking for revenge in front of a rather partisan home crowd.

Madrid, in their usual whites, kick us off. It doesn't take long for the hosts to get control of the ball and pin Real in their own half, however, which actually suits Jose Mourinho's team just fine -- that means they can break forward while Barcelona have players pushed forward. They do succeed in breaking and stuttle the ball to the always-dangerous Cristiano Ronaldo, who dances down the left before being stopped by a hefty challenge from Gerard Pique. Yep. The Clasico is back.

Follow live coverage in our Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Lineups

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have some notable omissions from their lineups for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. First choice left back Jordi Alba is sitting out for Barcelona, as is central defender Carles Puyol. Adriano and Javier Mascherano play in their places. Real Madrid have dropped Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria, and they're replaced by Karim Benzema and Jose Maria Callejon. Pepe is out injured and Raul Albiol takes his place in the center of defense for Los Blancos.

Barcelona Lineup (4-3-3): Victor Valdes; Adriano, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Daniel Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta; Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez

Real Madrid Lineup (4-2-3-1): Iker Casillas; Fabio Coentrao, Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira; Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Jose Maria Callejon; Karim Benzema

Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. ET from Camp Nou. You can catch the game on either ESPN Deportes or ESPN3, and we'll have live coverage right here.

We'll have updates throughout the day and live coverage of the match in our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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El Clasico Proves You Can Have Quantity and Quality

For those that believe that too many games between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a bad thing, allow me to attempt to set you straight.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Tito Vilanova Returns Barca To The 1930s

Barcelona have operated on the same footballing principles for a very long time, but that doesn't mean that managers don't make their own very subtle changes. There are plenty of different ways to play exciting, possession-based football.

Tito Vilanova takes over for Pep Guardiola this season and shouldn't be making drastic changes. The team will still play a formation that looks a lot like 4-3-3, occasionally playing with three at the back. And, as is usually the case with Barcelona, individual player performances and the cohesion of the team will matter a lot more than the actual formation. However, Vilanova has made some subtle changes.

FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes compares the subtle changes that Vilanova has made to the system utilized by former Barcelona manager Vittorio Ponzo, just about 80 years ago.

Taking Guardiola's 3-4-3 one step further, Barcelona (so far) under Tito Vilanova have often found themselves in a 2-3-2-3 formation similar to the one created by Vittorio Pozzo back in the early 1930s. In fact, comparing the style of Barcelona's performance on Sunday and Pozzo's Italy team makes for interesting reading - in Pozzo's sides, one of the two defenders would be responsible for marking the opposing centre-forward - a stopper if you will - (Mascherano/Puyol?) while the other played as a libero of sorts, covering his colleague and building the attacks (Piqué?).

Expect to see Carles Puyol sticking to Gonzalo Higuain like glue while Girard Pique plays more aggressively than he has in the past. Jordi Albi is also much more like his right-sided counterpart, Daniel Alves, than any recent Barcelona left back. With Messi in the middle and Alba on the left, the Barcelona XI looks more balanced and symmetrical than it has in the recent past. Whether or not that's a good thing remains to be seen.

We'll have updates throughout the day and live coverage of the match in our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Real Madrid's Quantity Takes On Barcelona's Quality

The battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been shifted as Jose Mourinho's strategy has focused on his squad, rather than his team, and so far it seems to be working for Los Merengues.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Defensive Lineup For Los Blancos?

Real Madrid's most successful matches against Barcelona during the 2010-11 season came with Jose Mourinho picking a team with a very defensive-minded three-man midfield, but he mostly moved away from that strategy last season. He was out-managed at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first league Clasico, but got the better of Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou with an attack-minded lineup.

It's possible that Mourinho's selections had more to do with injuries than any preference, however. Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho and Nuri Sahin all missed significant time with injuries. Lassana Diarra and Sami Khedira both missed some games as well. Mourinho never had a great defensive midfield three to pick from last season.

According to Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid, Mourinho could revert to the 'trivot' on Thursday, then play for the win in the second leg at home.

Since Los Blancos have the advantage of playing the second leg at home, Jose Mourinho will most likely go with a more defensive line-up to try to take a favorable result back to Madrid. Given that Mesut Özil played the entire game on Sunday and seemed tired, he will most likely not start the game. Mourinho might instead start with a 4-3-3 formation to try to neutralize Barcelona's attack and bring Mesut Ozil on late in the game to get a crucial away goal.

Esteban Granero or Diarra could enter the lineup for Real Madrid if Özil sits out. This strategy has been effective in the past for Madrid, though their best performances while playing these tactics have come with Pepe as the defensive midfielder. Pepe is expected to sit out with an injury, and if he was fit, he would likely start at central defense anyway.

We'll have updates throughout the day and live coverage of the match in our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup StoryStream. For more on the Blaugrana, head over to FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more on Los Blancos, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Game Time, Live Updates, TV Schedule, Streaming, And More

Real Madrid and Barcelona play the first Clasico of the year on Thursday, contesting the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

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