Goalless win for Barca

Barcelona lifted the first silverware of the Spanish season on away goals after a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the second-leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday night.
Following the 1-1 draw in the first-leg, the Catalans were left to thank goalkeeper Victor Valdes for preserving their advantage as he pulled off incredible saves from Arda Turan and David Villa either side of half-time.
Barca should have then sealed victory on the night themselves as after Filipe Luis was sent off for Atleti, Lionel Messi fired a late penalty off the bar.
Martino had handed a first start to Neymar as the Brazilian and Lionel Messi lined up for the first time in a competitive match since the former’s switch from Santos.
Having weathered an early Barca early storm though, Atleti started to gain a foothold and had the two best openings of the opening period.
Firstly Koke failed to connect properly when he was teed up at the edge of the box allowing Valdes to save easily before the Barca keeper made a stunning save to turn behind Arda’s sweetly struck volley.
Valdes was called upon again after the break as he parried Villa’s curling effort from the edge of the area as Atleti went in search of the away goal they needed to stay alive in the tie.
Barca passed up a host of opportunities to put the tie to bed. Neymar was the biggest culprit as he squared when he ought to have gone for goal himself at the back post from Dani Alves’ cross midway through the second-half. Atleti were then reduced to 10 men when Luis saw a straight red card after he clashed with Alves on 80 minutes.

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