MONACO - AUGUST 26: Lionel Messi (L) of FC Barcelona controls the ball next to Jorge Fucile of FC Porto during the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Barcelona and FC Porto at Louis II Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Barcelona Vs. FC Porto, 2011 UEFA Super Cup: Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas Win Trophy For Barca

Barcelona have defeated Porto 2-0 to win the 2011 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco, thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas.

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Barcelona Vs. FC Porto, 2011 UEFA Super Cup: Full Time, Blaugranas Win 2-0 On Messi, Fabregas Goals

While FC Porto ended the 2011 UEFA Super Cup with just nine men on the pitch, truth be told, the match was over before they saw the first of the two red cards. FC Barcelona didn't even look like they were at their sharpest on Friday evening, but they were good enough to control possession for most of the game and soundly defeat Porto, winning by a margin of 2-0. Lionel Messi's first half goal - gifted to him by Fredy Guarin - was a virtual dagger early on. Cesc Fabregas got the clincher as a substitute, but it didn't do anything but make the scoreboard look better.

Messi assisted on Fabregas' goal with a fantastic chip into the box, which the former Arsenal man controlled before scoring with his second touch. Fabregas will have to do quite a bit to work his way into more than a substitute and spot starter role, but his great finish might go a long way towards securing him some more playing time.

This is already Barcelona's second trophy this season, as they lifted the Supercopa de España by defeating Real Madrid ten days ago. They now hold five of the six possible trophies that they can hold, with a shot at the sixth - the Club World Cup - coming up in December.


Barcelona Vs. FC Porto, 2011 UEFA Super Cup: Halftime, Barca Lead On Lionel Messi Goal

FC Porto did well to pressure FC Barcelona and create chances to start the first half in the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, but it's been all Barca for the last 30 minutes. The Blaugranas lead by a score of 1-0 at halftime, thanks to a brilliant finish by Lionel Messi and a bad error by Porto midfielder Fredy Guarin. Guarin and Porto have put in a good performance in general, defending well and drawing Barcelona into a number of offsides calls, but Guarin's one mistake is the difference, and it'll be hard for Porto to play from behind.

The goal came in the 39th minute when Guarin was attempting to win the ball in midfield and accidentally played the ball past his defense, right to Lionel Messi. Barca's No. 10 rounded Helton and chipped the ball into the back of the net, giving Barca the lead.

This game is far from over, especially since both teams are loaded with a variety of options to change the game off the bench. Midfield playmakers Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara are on the Barca bench, along with forward Alexis Sanchez. For Porto, tricky winger James Rodriguez might make an impact off the bench.


Barcelona Vs. FC Porto, 2011 UEFA Super Cup: Lionel Messi Gifted Opening Goal

Barcelona are on the board and lead FC Porto by a score of 1-0 in the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, but it was a downright gift. Lionel Messi was the goal scorer (surprise!) and his finish was fantastic, but he never should have been in a position to score in the first place. Thanks to a terrible mistake by Porto midfielder Fredy Guarin, who has having a very good match up until his error, Barcelona have a lead that it would be surprising to see them relinquish.

Incredibly, Guarin was the man who assisted Messi on his 39th minute goal, hitting what amounted to a perfect through ball while attempting to win a 50-50 challenge in midfield. Guarin's ball completely eluded his defense and fell right to Messi, who would have been miles offside if it wasn't a Porto player who gave him the ball. He rounded Helton and chipped the ball into the back of the net, finishing off a typical Leo Messi goal.


Barcelona Vs. FC Porto, 2011 UEFA Super Cup: Where To Watch On TV And Streaming Live Online

Do you like entertaining football matches?!? Holy crap, it's your lucky day. Based on the fact that you are reading this, I am going to assume that you have the internet. If you have the internet, there is a decent chance that you also have cable or satellite television. In either event, you can watch the 2011 UEFA Super Cup between FC Barcelona and FC Porto. The game is being shown all over the world, both on television and streaming live online. Here's all of the information on the game and how to watch.

FC Barcelona Vs. FC Porto

Venue: Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Time: 2:30 pm ET, 7:30 pm BST, 8:30 pm local

Television: Fox Soccer Channel (USA), Sky Sports (UK), ESPN (Australia), Rogers Sportsnet (Canada)

Online: (International)

We'll be following along all game long, so if you can't watch or you just want to follow along with us, stay tuned to our 2011 UEFA Super Cup StoryStream.


Barcelona Vs. FC Porto, 2011 UEFA Super Cup: Blaugranas Lineup

If you were expecting Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets to be starting for FC Barcelona tonight, you will be very disappointed. Both players have been left out of the lineup, with Seydou Keita, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta making up the lineup. Barca are suffering from some injuries in the center of defense, so Javier Mascherano and Eric Abidal fill in. Up top, Pedro Rodriguez is preferred to Alexis Sanchez. Here's the lineup.

FC Barcelona lineup (4-3-3): Valdes; Daniel Alves, Mascherano, Abidal, Adriano; Xavi Iniesta Keita; Pedro, Messi, David Villa    

As I'm sure you were able to figure out, Barcelona's bench will include the likes of Fabregas, Busquets, and Sanchez. This is mildly ridiculous. Of course, despite the fact that they cost a combined €55 million (not including escalators and future payments), Fabregas and Sanchez will probably spend a lot of time on the bench this season. Oh, and there's also Thiago Alcantara. Who is awesome. And yet I forgot about him. Go away Fabregas, no one likes you.

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