Messi, Fabregas lift Barcelona to Super Cup win

AP, Friday 26 Aug 2011

Lionel Messi and substitute Cesc Fabregas scored as Barcelona beat nine-man FC Porto 2-0 to win the European Super Cup on Friday

Barcelona vs Porto
Barcelona players celebrate after beating Porto 2-0 and wining European Super Cup

Messi, crowned Thursday as the Best Player in Europe, struck in the 39th minute after collecting a misplaced backpass from Porto midfielder Freddy Guarin.

Messi was standing all alone on the edge of the penalty box, then rounded goalkeeper Helton to shoot into an unguarded net.

Porto defender Rolando got a second yellow card for tripping Messi minutes before Fabregas scored with a neat volley in the 88th.

Guarin was then shown a straight red card for a challenge on Javier Mascherano.

Victory made Pep Guardiola the most decorated coach in Barcelona's history with 12 trophies in just his fourth season.

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