With Atletico Madrid wining the Copa Del Rey last season, and Barcelona winning the league, this year’s Spanish Super cup first leg promised to be an entertaining affair.
David Villa was handed his competitive debut for Atletico Madrid, after his move from Barcelona, whereas Barcelona new boy, Neymar Da Silva was starting on the bench.
Atletico Madrid started the game brightly, going on the counter-attack a few times, and not letting Barcelona get their passing rhythm in gear.
Eventually a counter attack led to a goal. With David Villa and Arda Turan linking up well down the left for Atletico, Turan eventually crossed the ball into Villa, who placed an exquisite volley past Victor Valdes at his far post.
The scoreline remained the same at half time and early in the second half, Barcelona didn’t seem to have the same cutting edge that everyone is used to. This fact wasn’t helped when a despondent looking Lionel Messi had to go off at half time after receiving some kind of knock in the first half, Barcelona fans will hope it is nothing serious.
At around the 55th minute mark in the match, Neymar was brought on for his Super cup debut (having never played in the competition before) to try and bring a new dimension to Barcelona, who were having trouble breaking down the Atletico Madrid defence.
Neymar looked threatening, and after seven minutes of him being on the field he headed the ball in at Thibaut Courtois’s near post, assisted by a great cross from Daniel Alves, levelling the match at 1-1.
1-1 is how it stayed at full time, with Neymar and Barcelona acquiring the away goal, which makes them firm favourites for the second leg at the Camp Nou. However all in all it must be said that the first leg, was most certainly the day of the debuts.
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