- Associated Press - Friday, August 26, 2011

MONACO (AP) - Barcelona beat nine-man FC Porto 2-0 on Friday to win the European Super Cup behind goals by Lionel Messi and substitute Cesc Fabregas.

Messi, honored Thursday as the Best Player in Europe, struck in the 39th minute after collecting a misplaced backpass from Porto’s Freddy Guarin.

Porto defender Rolando drew a second yellow card for tripping Messi minutes before Fabregas scored on a volley in the 88th minute. Guarin was then shown a straight red card for a challenge on Javier Mascherano.

Pep Guardiola became the most decorated coach in Barcelona’s history with 12 trophies in just his fourth season.

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