Barca hammer Betis
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona picked up a 3-0 win against Real Betis in the SuperCup.Barcelona took the advantage in the first leg of the Spanish SuperCup, picking up a 3-0 win against Real Betis.
Barca, the league winners, are contesting the SuperCup with Betis - who picked up the Copa del Rey.
The Catalan outfit look in pole position to win the trophy after beating Betis on their own ground.
Barca's Xavi had hit the post in the first half, but eventually broke the deadlock when Ronaldinho's through-ball released Ludovic Giuly and he finished with aplomb.
A brilliant save from Victor Valdes prevented a quick-fire equaliser from Ricardo Oliviera, producing a fine diving save to deny his bullet header.
Minutes later and Samuel Eto'o doubled the advantage - latching onto Xabi's good work to slot home and put his side 2-0 up.
Ronaldinho showed his class with a wonderful free-kick that seemed to catch keeper Antonio Doblas unawares to make it 3-0 and let Barca put one hand on the cup ahead of the second leg.