Barcelona 2-0 FC Porto

Xavi wants to keep making history

August 26, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Barcelona captain Xavi hailed his team-mates after he became the most decorated player in the club's history as the European champions beat Europa League winners Porto 2-0 to scoop the UEFA Super Cup on Friday night.

Barca goalscorer Lionel Messi (10) is congratulated by his team-mates
GettyImagesBarca goalscorer Lionel Messi (10) is congratulated by his team-mates

• Barcelona 2-0 FC Porto
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Lionel Messi opened the scoring for the La Liga champions late in the first half at the Stade Louis II in Monaco before substitute Cesc Fabregas volleyed home in the 87th minute to seal the victory.

It gave Barcelona a 12th title under manager Pep Guardiola and handed Xavi a record-breaking 17 title with the Camp Nou side.

"I am happy to be the Barcelona player with the most trophies, but it is more about the team," Xavi said. "We are making history together and we want to keep on doing that."

Lionel Messi was once again on top form as he scored in the only competition he had previously failed to hit the target in and team-mate Javier Mascherano said the newly crowned 'Best Player in Europe' was the difference between the two teams.

Mascherano told Goal.com: "We know we have an advantage with Messi, and he showed it again tonight."

Meanwhile, Porto coach Vitor Pereira lamented the fact that his side were denied a penalty with Barca 1-0 up in the final ten minutes of the match, when defender Eric Abidal collided with Freddy Guarin in the area.

"I know it is hard to award a penalty against Barcelona on 80 minutes, but if it was in the opposite area, it would have been a penalty," Pereira said.

Porto ended the match with ten men after Guarin and Rolando were sent off in the final five minutes but Pereira was happy with his team's overall performance.

Pereira said: "I think we had a great game, always on Barcelona's level. We wanted to score, we used high pressure, we wanted the ball and we wanted to win the game. We played well in the first half and even after going 1-0 down we had one or two chances."