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Barcelona add Euro Super Cup to trophy cabinet

Barcelona tonight added the 2011 European Super Cup to their long list of achievements with a 2-0 win over FC Porto in Monaco. The Catalan giants kept the celebrations from last season's La Liga, Spanish Cup and Champions League title wins going by downing the reigning Europa League champions 2-0 in wet conditions at the Stade Louis II.

Lionel Messi was again the main instigator for Pep Guardiola's men, scoring the first goal and setting up the second for new boy Cesc Fabregas, who has now won two trophies in just 18 minutes of game time for his new club following on from the Spanish Super Cup triumph over arch rivals Real Madrid just over a week ago.

Messi pounced on a poor backpass from Porto midfielder Fredy Guarin in the 39th minute which unfortunately for his goalkeeper Helton found the Argentine maestro by himself in the box and he rounded the Porto skipper and chipped in with his trusty left boot for the opener.

The Portuguese club were well undermanned inside the final five or so minutes when they lost two players to red cards - Rolando (86th minute) and Guarin (90') - as Barcelona looked for a second which came when Messi played a lofted ball to an unmarked Fabregas who controlled with his chest before lashing home to secure Guardiola's 12th trophy, making him the most successful coach in the club's rich history.

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Andrew Slevison
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