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Barcelona without any Star Opened the Season with Win

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Sunday, 16 August 2009 21:37

Barcelona without any Star Opened the Season - BSN SportsBarcelona, without its biggest stars, today defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the first leg of Spanish Super Cup football and started the year with the right foot.

The Catalan team was able to get a win in his first official game of the season. Above, it did so without several first team figures.

Both the Argentine Lionel Messi, the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrés Iniesta and Mexican Rafael Marquez had to be left out of shock, due to various physical problems.

Thus, the coach Josep Guardiola used canteranos Bojan as Pedro or to conform his trident offensive tactical approach.

However, Athletic managed to open the account, thanks to a goal by Oscar De Marcos, the 43 minutes. Later, he matched the matter Xavi (58 ') and completed the comeback azulgrana Pedro (68').

Since the start of the match, Barcelona tried to keep the same identity that matches the preseason. The communion between Bojan and Pedro in the offensive aspect had been managed in the tour of London, while the coupling with Thierry Henry meant the challenge.

Meanwhile, Xavi Hernandez should resolve the attacks from the midfield with help from Andres Iniesta. His partner was Seydou Keita, although several suffered neglect, especially in the first half.

Thus, Barcelona controlled the ball from the first moments, but the connection with the offensive line was interrupted by the fierce defense of the Athletic and orderly.

Bojan shot at the crossbar and an unusual definition of failure Xavi, after being in an area must pass Keita, accounted for two times greater risk to the visiting team.

For his part, tried to Athletic hurt by the attack by gangs and sought to win back side of Eric Abidal and Dani Alves. The first threat came through a deflected shot by Aitor Ocio, until the award came just minutes before coming to rest.

Marcos, one of the recent signings of the Basque team, controlled the ball at the entrance to the rival area and launched a strong shot that was diverted on Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes upset. Homeowners had not done too to achieve the advantage.

To complement the coach Josep Guardiola corrected some details and gave the team the necessary pressure to squeeze out as the team rojiblanco.

Thus, equality was due to a great new move collectively. After moving the ball from left to right rival in the area, the ball was left to Xavi, the midfielder to define just stick with the closest.

Athletic barely had time to react, because Peter, who was ranked Messi usual, declared victory with an explosive shot. The end had its share scorers, as in the preseason and had scored three so many.

The last half hour of play was spiced by friction and rough play, especially from the local side. Still, Bar a time controlled the match without any problems and took a victory that left him very well stopped, facing the party back.

Will define the Super 23 next Sunday, when the two teams clash again at the Nou Camp stadium.

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