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Lionel Messi goal in 88th minute lifts Barcelona over Real Madrid for Spanish Super Cup title, 3-2

Lionel Messi’s second goal of the match, an eight-yard, left-footed volley in the 88th minute, lifted FC Barcelona to a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday at Camp Nou.

The European titans played to a 2-2 draw in Madrid on Saturday.

Newly signed Cesc Fabregas was involved in the build-up to the winning goal, just six minutes after Karim Benzema provided the equalizer for Real. Fabregas supplied Adriano, who crossed to Messi for the sliding effort.

Andres Iniesta scored for Barcelona in the 15th minute, assisted by Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo leveled the match five minutes later before Messi scored his first goal late in the opening half after collecting Gerard Pique’s back heel in the box.

The game ended in chaos after Real Madrid’s Marcelo was sent off for taking down Fabregas from behind in front of the benches. Real Manager Jose Mourinho was involved in the scuffle, which spun out of control for several minutes. During the chaos, video shows him pinching the face of a Barcelona assistant.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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