LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 Spanish Supercup: Lionel Messi Shows Why He's The Greatest, Scores 88th Minute Winner

Real Madrid found an equalizer in the 81st minute, but Lionel Messi came up with a winner in the 88th. He's done it again, guiding Barcelona to a 5-4 aggregate victory. Marcelo was sent off late for a horror challenge on Fabregas, inciting a brawl.

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Jose Mourinho has gone from cool to crazy, and that's incredibly uncool.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 Spanish Supercup: Full Time, Lionel Messi Superb, Marcelo The Opposite

For 180 minutes plus most of stoppage time. the 2011 Spanish Supercup was a wonderful display of football and, by the admittedly low standards of El Clasico, a pretty decent display of sportsmanship. Unfortunately, Marcelo had to shift the story away from the football and towards his horror challenge on Cesc Fabregas that incited a massive brawl and saw three players sent off, one of them being Marcelo himself. His atrocious challenge shouldn't take away from the brilliance of Lionel Messi, though, who was unbelievable on Wednesday night as Barcelona won 3-2, capturing the Supercopa 5-4 on aggregate.

The first half was absolutely riveting, with both teams scoring impressive goals and picking up where they left off on Sunday afternoon. The opener was scored by Andres Iniesta, assisted by Lionel Messi, on a fantastic chipped finish following a through ball and some terrible defending. Madrid equalized quickly through Cristiano Ronaldo, who tapped in a Karim Benzema cross. 

It looked like the first half would end with the score level until the 45th minute, when Messi and Gerard Pique combined for a brilliant go-ahead goal. In the penalty area, the pair played a quick one-two with Pique receiving the ball and playing a backheel to Messi, who finished with a chip over Iker Casillas.

Madrid were on the front foot for most of the second half, but failed to break down the door over and over again. Benzema and Sergio Ramos both had clear headers off of corner kicks, but both missed badly on what should have been sure goals. Eventually, in the 81st minute, Madrid found their equalizer on a corner. Following a serious scramble that resulted in three or four half chances, the ball eventually fell to the feet of Benzema who finished calmly, drawing the series even at 4-4.

Messi would have the last laugh, though, scoring a brilliant winner in the 88th minute off of a spectacular volley. Had any other player scored it, they would be proclaimed a newly christened hero and legend of world football. However, Lionel Messi scored it, so he's just Lionel Messi.

For all of our updates from the second leg of the 2011 Spanish Supercup, check out this StoryStream. For more on Real Madrid, check out Managing Madrid. For more on FC Barcelona, check out Barca Blaugranes.         

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 Spanish Supercup: Karim Benzema Goal Equalizes Tie At 4-4

What a tie this has been. The 2011 Spanish Supercup has been about as fantastic as these glorified friendly competitions can be, probably because Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are treating it much more like a proper Clasico than a preseason match. Los Merengues have been on the front foot for the entirety of the second half, but for most of it they had nothing to show for it. That is, until the 81st minute, when Karim Benzema scored to level proceedings at 4-4 on aggregate, 2-2 on the night.

The goal came off of a corner, which should be no surprise to anyone. Madrid have created corner kick after corner kick, with Benzema and Sergio Ramos recording a couple of bad misses. This time Benzema made no mistake, tapping home a goal after a lengthy scramble.

We'll be covering the match from start to finish right here in this StoryStream. For more onReal Madrid, check out Managing Madrid. For more on FC Barcelona, check out Barca Blaugranes.          

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 Spanish Supercup: Lineups, Xavi Starts And Cesc Fabregas Makes Bench

While neither Barcelona or Real Madrid lineup is particularly shocking for the second leg of the 2011 Spanish Supercup, they are at least interesting and give us some talking points. Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique are now both completely fit after starting the first leg on the bench and start for Barcelona tonight. The same cannot be said for Carles Puyol, and Javier Mascherano will start in central defense in his place. Up top, Pedro is preferred to Alexis Sanchez.

For Real Madrid, Marcelo has no place in Jose Mourinho's lineup at the Camp Nou. Three position newcomer Fabio Coentrao will start for him at left back. Many thought that Mourinho would switch to a 4-3-3, but he's stuck with his 4-2-3-1 formation.

FC Barcelona lineup (4-3-3): Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Abidal; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Villa, Messi

Real Madrid lineup (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Coentrão; Khedira, Alonso; Di María, Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema

Also, Cesc Fabregas is fit and has made the bench for Barcelona tonight, and it would be a bit surprising if he wasn't given his debut at some stage. We'll be covering the match from start to finish right here in this StoryStream. For more on Real Madrid, check out Managing Madrid. For more on FC Barcelona, check out Barca Blaugranes.

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Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2011 Spanish Supercup: Where To Watch El Clasico On TV And Streaming Live Online

The second leg of the 2011 Spanish Supercup - coincidentally, a clasico - between Barcelona and Real Madrid is available in all kinds of mediums and languages. No matter where you are, you're in luck. There are all kinds of ways to watch the game legally, free, in high quality and in English, no matter where you live. I'm assuming that you prefer to watch these things in English, because you're reading an English-language website. We'll provide information in other languages for you anyway. Yay globalization! Here's the television schedule, television channels, and were to watch El Clasico streaming live online.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 2011 Supercopa

Time: 5:00 pm ET, 10:00 pm BST, 11:00 pm local

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia. Spain

Television: GOL TV (USA and Canada - English), ESPN Deportes (USA - Spanish), Sky Sports (UK), and since we actually get a fair number of Middle Eastern readers, Al Jazeera (Most of the Middle East)

Online: ESPN3.com (English and Spanish - USA)

We'll be covering the match from start to finish right here in this StoryStream. For more on Real Madrid, check out Managing Madrid. For more on FC Barcelona, check out Barca Blaugranes.

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