Kanoute puts Barça at two-goal deficit
Sevilla came from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the league champions ahead, but Luis Fabiano levelled and substitute Frederic Kanoute scored twice to give the Copa del Rey holders a commanding cushion to take to Camp Nou next week.
The Sweden striker broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, when he received a pass from Maxwell and shrugged off the attentions of two defenders, before firing beyond Andres Palop. Ibrahimovic has been frequently linked with a move away from Barcelona, and speculation persists that he will not be with the club on 1 September, when the transfer window closes.
However, the Catalan heavyweights were worthy leaders with him on the pitch tonight, and it was only when he made way for Lionel Messi that Sevilla began to play.
The Argentinian wizard was not to blame for Sevilla taking control, though. Barcelona's line-up had been weakened by the absence of their Spanish FIFA World Cup™ winners, who were allowed to rest, and Pep Guardiola included four players from the club's B team.
It was inevitable they would not be able to play at a high level for the full match, and another striker who could be leaving his current club, Luis Fabiano, hauled Sevilla level in the 61st minute. The Brazilian, coveted by Marseille, was put in by Luca Cigarini and he duly smashed a low shot past Barça goalkeeper Mino.
Kanoute came off the bench three minutes later and converted a pass from fellow substitute Alvaro Negredo in the 72nd minute, and then the Malian headed in Sevilla's third goal in the 82nd minute from a cross by Diego Perotti.
The teams meet again next Saturday evening, when Guardiola is expected to include the stars of Spain's South Africa 2010 triumph in an effort to turn the tie around.