Nine-Man Real Madrid Lift Spanish Super Cup
Real Madrid have won the Spanish Super Cup after beating Valencia on a 6-5 aggregate.
Real Madrid won 4-2 in Santiago Bernabeu as Valencia struggled to hold on to their 1-0 lead at half time. The first leg had ended 3-2 in favor of Valencia.
In the first half, Rafael van der Vaart was sent off after a horrible tackle on Valencia's Mata. Valencia's Euro 2008 winner David Silva took the lead for Valencia in the 32nd minute after an excellent shot that left Iker Casillas motionless.
The second half saw a great change in fortunes. Real piled up the pressure and Valencia could not cope with the Spanish champions' attacks. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a penalty in the 50th minute to equalize, awarded after Raul Albiol's hand cleared a van Nistelrooy headed from the goal-line.
However, van Nistelrooy took two yellow cards and was sent-off. But nine-man Real kept piling up the pressure.
Sergio Ramos then scored a goal in the 76th minute before Ruben de la Red's long-range effort made the score 3-1.
In the 87th minute, substitute Gonzalo Higuain scored a fourth Real goal that meant no extra time or penalty-kicks were to be played. Two minutes later, ex-Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes scored the final goal of the match.
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