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Spain: Sevilla hold advantage in Super Cup (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on August 15, 2010
Freddie Kanouté

Freddie Kanouté's two goals could prove crucial for Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup

Copa del Rey holders Sevilla FC hold a 3-1 advantage over Spanish league champions FC Barcelona  following the first leg of the 2010 Spanish Super Cup in Seville. Zlatan Ibrahimović gave the Blaugrana the lead in the 20th minute getting on the end of a Maxwell through ball which the Swede took with great aplomb. “Barça” held on to the lead at the break but a very different Sevilla came out for the second half and, thanks to goals from Luís Fabiano and Freddie Kanouté (2), the Andalucians turned the game around in order to hold a healthy advantage for the second leg. Fabiano equalized on the hour mark after substitute Luca Cigirini found Fabiano whose pace took him ahead of Sergi Gómez to put the ball past debutant keeper Rubén Miño. Kanouté would then punish FC Barcelona with two goals in the final twenty minutes of the match; the first was taken inside the box following a beautiful pass from the right by Álvaro Negredo, using the outside of his left foot to find the Malian striker, and a header seven minutes from time sealed the win for Sevilla who now go to the Camp Nou on Saturday, August 21st for the second leg. Sevilla are hoping to win only their second Super Cup following their sole success three years ago whilst if Barça overturns the deficit they will win the trophy for the ninth time, taking them one victory ahead of their great rivals Real Madrid CF.

WATCH SPANISH SUPER CUP 1ST LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

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