Football: Messi magic drops 10-man real

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(CNN) - a few second half goals from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0-victory over 10-man Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in the Bernabeu Wednesday.

An affair scrappy and ill-tempered real saw released Portuguese international defender Pepe sent after 61 minutes with manager José Mourinho in the stands for complaining about the decision.

Previously a close combat showed goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the tunnel at half-time Barcelona a red card reserve German referee Wolfgang stark.

It took a moment of typical Messi magic that impasse, a connection with a fine cross of from substitute Ibrahim Afellay for his 76. minute lead opener.

And four minutes, to beat its way Messi rounded off a fine night for Barcelona with a majestic second, weaving through the real defence, Iker Casillas with ease.

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Why Pepe sent get? I would like to tell only someone. Why do it?
--Jose Mourinho

It takes his tally for the season to 52, with 11 Champions League and real come up with in an almost insurmountable task in the second leg at the NOU camp next week.

Mourinho's men had worked hard, as they had this good effect to offset to Barcelona in beat in the final of the Copa del Rey last week and worked the tactics in the first half.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the winner of the game in this last, came close with a shot that have surprised Victor Valdes in the Barca and Mesut Ozil may scored from the rebound.

Barcelona had the bulk of possession without their menacing best until the match turned Pepe's dismissal, as he for a high bouncing ball Goravvus and Dani Alves caught.

The decision looked harsh and Mourinho was quick to show its displeasure and with the extra man, it was Barcelona, which enabled with David Villa forcing a fine by Casillas before the Save Messi's double strike.

A nasty Mourinho hit decision from the referee after the game.

"An other wonders with ten-man cannot", he told AFP.

"Yes, I think, we will be eliminated." We go to Camp Nou with everything and to obtain a result, but I can't see it.

"We are without Pepe and Ramos (Sergio), which do not, and neither did I." I just want to know why? Why Pepe sent get? I would like to tell only someone. "Why pass it?"

With Manchester United leading 2-0 in their away game against Schalke Tuesday provides the stage for a repeat of the 2009 Champions League final, won by Barcelona.


Football: Messi magic drops 10-man real