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October 24, 2021

Barcelona wins Spanish Super Cup for the tenth time

FC Barcelona have won the Spanish Super Cup for the tenth time after Lionel Messi scored twice in a 3-2 home win against Real Madrid CF, earning the European champions a 5-4 aggregate victory, according to uefa.com.

Messi, who was on target in the first leg, scored in either half after Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Andres Iniesta’s early opener, Karim Benzema having levelled the tie with nine minutes to go. In a tempestuous finale, Marcelo, Mezut Ozil and David Villa were all dismissed.

Barca central defender Gerard Pique was clear in his opinion on where the blame lay. “I do not talk about the brawl. But it’s a shame, it is not the first time and it’s always the same,” said the Spain international. “Someone has to take action on the matter. Mourinho is destroying Spanish football. There is talk about the Catalans, but the problem is with Madrid. I think it’s going too far. It cannot always end well. In the end this will end very badly.”

Mourinho’s opposite number Pep Guardiola did not wade into the issue but had a word of caution for those involved in the tense atmosphere on the pitch. “The images speak for themselves,” he said. “We must be careful, because one day we will cause harm, not on the field but off, and we’re all a little responsible for this. “

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