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Barcelona draws Atletico Madrid, clinches Spanish Super Cup

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The Canadian Press
8/28/2013 8:23:46 PM
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi missed a late penalty attempt before Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup with a 0-0 draw against 10-man Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

Messi had a chance to put the result beyond doubt in the 89th minute, but fired his penalty kick off the crossbar to finish a forgettable night for the Argentine star. Barcelona eventually claimed the trophy on away goals following the 1-1 draw in the opening leg last week.

Atletico's disciplined defence stifled a Barcelona's attack featuring Neymar, making his first starting appearance for his new club.

And the visitors enjoyed the best scoring opportunities -- other than Messi's penalty attempt -- but weren't able to get the critical goal, mainly because of Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Atletico's chances were hurt in the 81st when Filipe Luis was given a red card for apparently hitting Dani Alves.

The scoreless draw meant Neymar's first-leg goal was the difference.

"I'm happy with the title. Whenever there is a title in play what counts is winning it," Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said. "But as far as the team goes, I want to see more. Above all in these types of games, we need to find more precision and the ability to create more spaces."

Messi was back for Barcelona after missing one game due to a left thigh injury sustained in the opening Super Cup match last week. But the four-time world player of the year wasn't his usual dynamic self, lacking his spark and finishing touch. He uncharacteristically scuffed a close-range shot off a pass from Sergio Busquets to start his off night.

Martino gave Neymar his first start in his fourth official game for Barcelona since his move from Santos in June.

Messi and Neymar had only previously been on the pitch together for 7 minutes because Martino said he wanted to ease the 21-year-old Brazil striker into his new team. But those eager to see the two together were disappointed. While Messi was below par, Neymar wasn't able to exploit his speed and dribbling against Atletico's physical defence.

"I think that individually they both played well," Martino said. "It's true they didn't find one another or combine much. With Neymar playing on the left and Messi tending to move out to the right, they are far away. But I don't doubt they will find each other."

Barcelona increased its record of Spanish Super Cups contested between the league and Copa del Rey champions to 11, but its performance over both legs raised questions about its transition under Martino since July.

Atletico, meanwhile, kept building on its good start to the Spanish league and its preparations for a return to the Champions League.

"We played both games very well," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who guided his team to the Copa last May. "We had more chances than they did. I am very proud of my players because we were competitive across both legs with Barcelona, which is the best team in the world."

Neymar (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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