Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Madrid Pressing High, Looking Good

Oooh, that was interesting. Real Madrid aren't afraid to attack Barcelona here and they come very close to putting a penetrating pass into Victor Valdes' box for Karim Benzema. Unfortunately for the visitors, Cristiano's pass for the French striker is a little bit off, allowing Gerard Pique to mop up. That's Pique 2-0 Ronaldo, for those scoring at home. Pique makes it 3-0 in his personal battle with the Portuguese when he blocks an ill-advised Ronaldo shot a few mintues later, but Real will even consider blocked shots a positive. Nobody is this aggressive at the Camp Nou, and they're playing very well indeed.

Barcelona have a player down after Xabi Alonso comes in on Sergio Busquets with a lively tackle, but since it's Busquets I think we can all assume he's fine. The foul was meaty enough / sold well enough that... Raul Albiol is booked, which makes not very much sense. We'll roll with it!

Anyway, it's still 0-0 a little over ten minutes in, and there've been no really good goalscoring chances to speak of.

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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