Marcelo Vieira of Real Madrid CF (R) duels for the ball with Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona during the Super Cup first leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The second leg is August 29, 2012. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Victor Valdes' late error on Thursday set up a potentially thrilling Super Cup second leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Will one of the clubs' new boys become a club hero in their debut off the bench?
Barcelona and Real Madrid both have lots of money and both like buying shiny new players. Expect each team to have a brand new toy, fresh from North London on the bench for their Spanish Super Cup second leg clash. Both Alex Song and Luka Modric could make their debuts for their new clubs during the match.
It appeared that the Blaugrana had things mostly wrapped up last week when they took a 3-1 lead late in the second half, but a terrible error by Victor Valdes gifted a goal to Angel Di Maria. Following their 3-2 loss at Camp Nou, Real Madrid will feel like they have every opportunity to get back into the tie and at least draw the score on aggregate.
Real Madrid have no major injury concerns after Pepe's return from a concussion. He'll be a massive boost to the team, given how poor his replacement played in the first leg. It was a nightmare of a game for Raul Albiol, who showed exactly why he was demoted to the bench permanently not long after he was purchased. Barcelona will be dealing with the absence of Carles Puyol, who fractured his cheekbone on Sunday. Javier Mascherano should play central defense in his place.
The match kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. local time from Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. You can catch the game on ESPN Deportes or ESPN3.