Photo: FC Barcelona Wins Spain's Supercopa 2013
FC Barcelona hoisted their 16th trophy in five years here Wednesday after a scoreless draw against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of Spain’s Supercopa.
The teams were knotted 1-1 on aggregate and Barça took the title thanks to their away goal in last week’s first leg at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium.
Barcelona’s first championship under new coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino was the fruit of the squad’s strong second-half performance a week ago in Madrid.
Wednesday’s contest offered little in the way of excitement and the level of enthusiasm among the Barça faithful at the Nou Camp reflected the absence of brilliance on the field.
Few gave Atletico, the 2013 Copa del Rey winner, much of a chance against the perennial powerhouse and defending La Liga champs, but the Madrid club performed impressively in the first leg.
While Atletico remained sound on defense in the second leg, they were unable to generate much offense.
Barcelona controlled the ball for almost the entire first half, yet it was Atletico that came closest to scoring, forcing Barça goalkeeper Victor Valdes to make two big saves.
The home side’s best chance came on a penalty in the 80th minute, but super-striker Lionel Messi hit the crossbar, while the visitors saw the possibility of a last-minute surge slip away with the expulsion of two players in the final 10 minutes of regulation.