Football: Barca claim Super Cup on away goals after stalemate
BARCELONA, Catalonia (AFP) - 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.
"Victor has always had this characteristic which makes a goalkeeper for a big team," Barca boss Gerardo Martino told a press conference afterwards.