Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona will resume their Spanish Super Cup contest locked at 2-2 on Wednesday after playing out an entertaining first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to uefa.com.
Xabi Alonso secured a 2-2 draw for Real Madrid CF on Sunday after FC Barcelona had threatened to post a valuable away win in the first leg of their Spanish Super Cup contest.
The hosts will feel they ought to have converted at least one of their late chances to eke out an advantage, but they ultimately had to be thankful to Xabi Alonso for restoring parity after Barcelona had looked set for victory in the capital. Indeed, David Villa and Lionel Messi turned the match on its head for the Spanish and European champions following Mesut Ozil’s early breakthrough.
Fabregas completes Barcelona return
Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has rejoined home-town club FC Barcelona on a five-year deal after the European champions agreed a reported fee of up to EUR39m with Arsenal FC.
Fabregas, 24 – a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy – has returned to Camp Nou for a fee that could reportedly rise to EUR39m, having passed a medical on Monday. The transfer brings an end to eight years at Arsenal FC for Fabregas, who will be reunited with the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique in Catalonia having played alongside them at youth level.
“I’ve waited a long time for this moment to arrive,” said Fabregas, quoted by uefa.com. “It’s a very special day for me. I know a lot of you [supporters] were disappointed when I left but I’m back to face a big challenge, perhaps the biggest of my life. After eight years away I hope to have many good memories here.
“I don’t want to disappoint anyone and I will give my all to try to help the club improve. I know I am coming here to compete with the best and I am eager to get out there and start training as soon as possible.”
Arsenal’s captain since 2008, Fabregas scored 35 goals in 212 Premier League games for the Gunners since arriving in England aged 16. The Arenys de Mar-born player has made 58 appearances for Spain, including the UEFA EURO 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.
Barcelona, who beat Manchester United FC in last term’s UEFA Champions League final, begin their title defence in the group stage. Arsenal start their campaign against Udinese Calcio in the play-offs on Tuesday.