Thursday 23 March 2017

Barca in the driving seat

European Round-up

European and La Liga champions Barcelona have the advantage of two away goals after holding arch-rivals Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup yesterday.

Mesut Ozil put the hosts in front after 13 minutes as Barca struggled to settle into their game. However, out of nothing David Villa levelled with a stunning shot in the 35th minute and Lionel Messi made it 2-1 just before the break. Real equalised through Xabi Alonso early in the second half but Barca hold the edge going into Wednesday's second leg at the Nou Camp.

Elsewhere, the travails of Paris Saint-Germain continued as they drew 1-1 with Rennes on Saturday, barely looking like a big-spending team hoping to contend for the French title.

France striker Kevin Gameiro, signed from Lorient, put PSG -- who have spent more than €80m this summer to upgrade the squad -- ahead in the 73rd minute but they could only hold out until the 88th minute when Jonathan Pitroipa levelled matters.

Irish Independent

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