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Real Madrid beat Barcelon, win spanish cup after four years

Santiago Bernebeu: Real Madrid on Wednesday beat their arch rivals Barcelona by 2-1, winning their first Spanish Super Cup in four years.

Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid in control with goals inside 23 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu to take advantage of Barcelona’s poor start.

Adriano was red carded for tripping up Ronaldo as he was set to race clear on goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the 28th to further thwart the visitors’ hopes.

The victory against an error-prone Barca, who had Adriano sent off in the 28th minute, meant the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate after the Catalans won last week’s first leg 3-2 at the Nou Camp and Real took the trophy on the away goals rule.

Jose Mourinho’s fired-up side were two ahead inside 20 minutes at the Bernabeu thanks to some poor Barca defending that allowed first Higuain on 11 minutes and Ronaldo eight minutes later to burst free and score.

Lionel Messi gave Barca a chance of pulling off an unlikely comeback when he curled in a spectacular free kick from 30 metres moments before halftime.

Pedro drew a brilliant save from Iker Casillas half an hour from time and both sides had chances in a frenetic ending but Real held firm to end Barca’s three-year grip on the trophy.

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