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Feb 05, 13 at 10:18amLucas9



Delfino in action for Manchester United.

Name: Lucas Delfino
Country: France
Age: 19
Height: 177cm
Weight: 68kg
Prefered Foot: Right
Current Club: Juventus F.C.
Squad Number: ?






Lucas Delfino

Lucas Delfino is a World Player of the Year Award-winning French footballer who plays as a striker for Juventus F.C. in the Italian Serie A and the France national football team.

A prolific scorer, Delfino won the Primera División and the Copa Argentina in his debut year with Arsenal. Delfino played a key role in Arsenal's 2014 Copa Libertadores winning campaign, scoring 23 goals in 12 matches, including two goals in the two-legged final against Boca Juniors. On October, Delfino scored a hat-trick in his team's 4-0 win over Quilmes, winning the 2014 Primera División with five fixtures left on the calendar. With his second goal, Delfino reached 169 goals for the club, making him Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer. Lucas ended his spell at Arsenal scoring 187 goals in 83 matches.

His transfer to Manchester United, worth €83,395,000, made him the most expensive player to ever be transferred from Argentina. In his first season with the English club, Lucas won the Premier League, scoring important goals along the way, such as his hat-trick in a 6-3 comeback win over Manchester City, who were leading the tournament before his arrival to United. Delfino went on to score a hat-trick in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final against Roma, which United won 4-1, and a goal in his team's 3-1 comeback win over FC Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup. Following the match, Sir Alex Ferguson announced Delfino was now a Juventus F.C. player, transferred to the Italian giants for a fee of €140,000,000, making the French forward the most expensive footballer ever.

Club career

Arsenal de Sarandí

2013 season

Delfino was promoted to the first-team for the 2013 season. He made his debut on January 2, against Motherwell, scoring two goals as his team won the match 4-1. On January 13rd, Delfino scored his second brace for Arsenal in a 2-0 over Bayern München. On January 20th, the French striker scored the impressive amount of five goals in a 6-0 win over Galatasaray. On February 17th, he scored three goals against Nordsjaelland, in a 3-1 victory for Arsenal. This meant Delfino had scored goals against every team he faced in his pre-season friendlies.

On March 19th, Delfino scored his first official hat-trick for Arsenal to beat San Lorenzo 3-2 in extra time during a Copa Argentina match, helping his team advance to the quarter-finals. On April 14th, Lucas scored his Primera División goal against San Lorenzo, on his debut in Argentina's top division of football. Lucas scored successive braces against River Plate and Boca Juniors on May 5th and May 12th, with Arsenal winning both matches. On June 2nd, Delfino scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 comeback win over Godoy Cruz de Mendoza.

On June 18th, Delfino scored a hat-trick in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Independiente in the Copa Argentina final, earning the club its first title in the competition. With 8 goals scored during the 2013 edition, he was the top scorer, and was named the competition's MVP, as well as being included in the team of the tournament.

On August 4th, Delfino scored another hat-trick in a 7-0 away win over Estudiantes de La Plata. On September 22nd, Delfino scored five goals in a 6-2 win over Independiente. The last time he had scored five goals in one match was on January 20th, in a friendly against Galatasaray.

Due to suspension, Delfino wasn't able to play in the last match of the Primera División against Tigre. However, Arsenal won the game 2-0 on December 1st, therefore winning the 2013 championship. Delfino was named the competition's top scorer, assist leader, and player of the season, and being the only Arsenal player to make it into the team of the tournament. Shortly afterwards, Delfino signed a contract extension with Arsenal which will tie him to the club until January 1st, 2016.

2014 season

On January 2nd, exactly one year after his debut with Arsenal, Delfino scored five goals in a friendly match against Motherwell, the team whom he made his debut against.

On February 4th, Delfino scored a brace in his Copa Libertadores debut against Atlético Mineiro, in a 2-1 win for Arsenal. On March 18th, Delfino scored a career-high six goals in a 7-0 win over Cruz Azul, in his third Copa Libertadores match. A week later, Lucas scored four goals as Arsenal beat Belgrano 5-3 in a Copa Argentina match.

On April 1st, Delfino scored four goals in a 4-3 win over Universidad de Chile. The French striker scored consecutive doubles against Santos, on May 13th and May 20th, as Arsenal eliminated the Brazilian team from the Copa Libertadores and advanced to the competition's semi-finals.

On June 24th, Lucas scored two goals in a comeback draw against Fluminense, in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals. The match ended 3-3. On July 1st, Delfino scored once and provided one assist as Arsenal won the second leg 2-0, classifying to the tournament's final, against Boca Juniors. Delfino scored one goal in each of the final's two legs, and Arsenal beat Boca Juniors 4-2 on aggregate, winning its first Copa Libertadores. Lucas was the competition's top goalscorer, with 23 goals in 12 matches.

On September 21st, Lucas scored his first goal from a set piece: a 28-meter free kick. Delfino went on to score nine goals in his team's 9-3 win. On September 28th, Lucas scored six goals against Unión in a 7-0 win over the team from Santa Fe. On October 19th, Delfino scored six goals once again against Godoy Cruz, in a 7-1 win.

On October 26th, Lucas scored a hat-trick in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Quilmes, winning the 2014 Primera División championship with five fixtures to spare. His second goal placed him one goal above Héctor Grondona's total of 168, making 18-year old Delfino Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer.

On December 1st, Lucas Delfino was voted World Player of the Year, becoming the fifth French footballer to win the award. On December 7th, Lucas played his last match for Arsenal, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Newell's Old Boys. His 103 goals in the league made him the top goalscorer, winning the Player of the Season and Best Eleven awards as well.

Manchester United

2014-2015 season

On December 31st 2014, Arsenal confirmed Delfino was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of €83,395,000. This made Lucas the most expensive player to ever be transferred from Argentina.

Delfino scored four goals in his debut for Manchester United, a Premier League fixture against Newcastle, where the Reds won 7-1, starting a string of six consecutive games scoring at least three goals a match. On February 19th, Lucas scored a hat-trick in his Europa League debut, where United beat Fiorentina 5-0 at Old Trafford. Lucas netted a brace in the return leg played at Italy, which United won 2-1, classifying to the round of 16.

On April 2nd, Lucas scored five goals against Napoli, including a bicycle kick inside the penalty box, in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. Three days later, Lucas scored a hat-trick in a 6-3 comeback win over Manchester City, and was chosen as the Man of the Match. On April 18th, Lucas scored four goals as United beat Wigan 7-0.

After scoring a brace against Swansea City, in a 3-1 win on April 26th, Manchester United were proclaimed champions of the 2014-15 Premier League, giving Delfino his first title with the English side. On May 20th, Lucas scored a hat-trick as Manchester United beat A.S. Roma 4-1 in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final, making United the first English team to win UEFA's three main competitions (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and UEFA Europa League).

2015-2016 season

Lucas played his last match for Manchester United on August 28th, as his team beat Barcelona 3-1 in the UEFA Super Cup. Prior to that match, Lucas had scored a double in a 2-1 win over Norwich, in Manchester United's Premier League debut. In just 28 games for the Reds, Delfino scored 70 goals, as well as assisting another 10.

Juventus F.C.

2015-2016 season

On August 28th, Sir Alex Ferguson announced Delfino had been transferred to Juventus in a deal worth €140,000,000, making Lucas the most expensive footballer ever.

International career

Born in France, but raised in Argentina, Delfino was expected to play for Argentina after confessing his desire to apply for argentine citizenship, which would have rendered him able to play for Argentina should he choose to. However, on August 3rd, Didier Deschamps included Delfino in the French squad for their upcoming friendly against Zambia. Delfino choose to play for France against Zambia on August 14th, scoring a goal in his team's 2-0 win. On November 21st, Delfino scored a double, his first for France, against Argentina in a 3-0 win.

Lucas scored his first hat-trick for France in a 4-0 win over Ecuador on February 13th, 2014. On May 24th, Delfino was called-up to the French national team for the 2014 International Cup. Delfino scored in all of France's group stage matches, with a hat-trick against Japan in the first fixture, for a total of nine goals in three games.

On June 26th, Delfino scored a hat-trick against Montenegro in a 4-1 win, in the tournament's round of sixteen. On July 3rd, France was eliminated from the tournament by Czech Republic, losing 1-0 in the quarter-finals, and Delfino ended his streak of eleven consecutive matches scoring for France, which tracked back to his debut in the national team. Despite the early elimination, Lucas was named the competition's top goalscorer, assist leader, and a member of the team of the tournament.

In 2015, Delfino continued his scoring form with France in the European Cup qualifiers, where he scored a total of 17 goals in 6 appearances, as well as assisting 5. On August 12th, Delfino scored all of his side's goals in a 8-1 win over Brazil.

Career statistics



Honours

Arsenal F.C.
- Copa Argentina (1): 2013
- Primera División (2): 2013, 2014
- Copa Libertadores (1): 2014

Manchester United
- Premier League (1): 2014-15
- UEFA Europa League (1): 2014-15
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 2015

Individual
- Copa Argentina Player of the Season (1): 2013
- Copa Argentina Top Scorer (2): 2013, 2014
- Copa Argentina Best Eleven (1): 2013
- Primera División Player of the Season (2): 2013, 2014
- Primera División Top Scorer (2): 2013, 2014
- Primera División Assist Leader (1): 2013
- Primera División Best Eleven (2): 2013, 2014
- Copa Libertadores Top Scorer (1): 2014
- Premier League Top Scorer (1): 2014-15
- UEFA Europa League Top Scorer (1): 2014-15
- 2014 International Cup Top Scorer
- 2014 International Cup Assist Leader
- 2014 International Cup Best Eleven
- World Player of the Year (1): 2014

Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

May 29, 13 at 8:10am
Lucas9


Sunday, September 20th.

The Derby d'Italia goes to Juventus!


Delfino opens the score in the second minute of the game.


An early goal by Lucas gave Juventus the lead in the derby, before both him and Giovinco scored late into the first half to give the Bianconeri the victory. Conte's team, an unstoppable machine.

Juventus struck as early as the second minute into the match. Giovinco dribbled on the left with the ball at his feet while Lucas tried to avoid Jonathan's mark, and the Italian midfielder played a perfect pass to Delfino who avoided being caught offside, before controlling the ball and curling it from a tight angle past Handanovic.

In the eight minute, a through ball by Lucas enabled Vucinic to reach Inter's box unmarked, but his shot hit Handanovic's left post and went out of the pitch. Ten minutes later, Sneijder missed Inter's equalizer after a pass from Cassano left him right in front of goal, with his shot going straight to Buffon's hands. Nearing the end of the first half, it was clear Inter was leveling the playing field between the two. However, a fantastic counter-attack started by Pirlo left Delfino and Giovinco against Handanovic, with the French player passing the ball to the midfielder, who shot it into the keeper's bottom right corner.


Giovinco puts Juve two goals ahead of Inter, minutes before half-time.


More awaited Inter following Giovinco's goal, as another counter-attack by Juve saw Delfino waste a one-on-one by lobbing the ball over the crossbar. Now in injury time, the striker didn't fail after cutting into the penalty spot from the left before unleashing a powerful shot into Handanovic's net, making it 3-0 for Juve before half-time.

Juventus was clearly in control of the match during the beginning of the second half. Silvestre was booked for a tackle on Lichtsteiner, while Gargano entered the pitch for Livaja and Mariga took his place in attack, in order to look for a goal to bring Inter back to life. After a long ranged shot by Delfino that Handanovic narrowly sent into a corner, Conte decided to play Giaccherini instead of Vucinic, moving Giovinco up front and playing a 5-3-2 formation. In the 67th minute, Bendtner took the Italian midfielder's place in the pitch.


Lucas celebrates his second at the end of the first half. Conte's team proved to be superior to Inter.


Coutinho, who substituted Obi in the 73rd minute of the game, played just one pass which he missed, as opposed to Obi, who played 23 and missed only two. In the 82nd minute, Gargano was yellow carded for a foul on Lucas, in what would be the last tackle the French player received in the game.

Following the game, Conte's words summarized the opinion of the fans: "(Lucas) is the player the crowd has been waiting for since Alex left the club. He has scored in the five matches he has played for Juventus, so you know when you step into the pitch that you are already one goal ahead. It's satisfying to have that sort of confidence when facing an important match."
Delfino, meanwhile, expressed his feelings on scoring a brace against Internazionale: "I've never seen before a crowd as exciting as Juventus' in Europe. It's something to behold, scoring the opener in the first minutes of the match and having the stadium almost fall down on you... it's amazing."

With this victory, Juventus extends its winning streak to six games, including their Europa League victory against Besiktas. Their next compromise will be on the 26th, against Catania.



Inter 0: S. Handanovic; Juan, Silvestre, Jonathan, Alvaro Pereira; Mariga, Javier Zanetti, Obi, Sneijder; Cassano, Livaja.
Juventus 3: Buffon; M. Cáceres, Barzagli, Lúcio; Pirlo, K. Asamoah, Vidal, Lichtsteiner, Giovinco; Vucinic, Lucas Delfino.

GOALS: 2' Lucas Delfino (J), 38' Giovinco (J), 45'+ Lucas Delfino (J).
SUBSTITUTIONS: 53' Gargano for Livaja (I), 62' Giaccherini for Vucinic (J), 67' Bendtner for Giovinco (J), 73' P. Coutinho for Obi (I).
BOOKINGS: 58' Silvestre (I), 82' Gargano (I).
DISMISSALS: None.

Delfino's first goal.



May 23, 13 at 12:44pm
Adinio


Wow, Lucas is a mental scorer. So many goals!



May 23, 13 at 12:13pm
Lucas9


Saturday, September 5th.

Juventus beats Pescara with brace from Delfino




The number 10 made a glorious return to Juventus Stadium after Delfino scored two goals in what was a tight win over Pescara. The French striker opened the score in the 20th minute before adding another goal thirteen minutes later. Jonathas scored an 81st minute goal to give his team a slight chance to draw the match, but the Bianconeri demonstrated superiority as Conte's team came out as winner.

The first excitement of the match came in the 9th minute, after Giaccherini was tackled in the edge of the area by Zanon, despite Juventus' players claiming a penalty. Delfino's execution wasn't succesful as his shot went just over the crossbar, but ten minutes later, the French player had another opportunity to give his team the lead, except this time his shot hit the barrier. Seconds later, Lucas showed what his game was all about, as he received a pass from Matri outside the box before shooting the ball past Perin.

In the 21st minute, Chiellini was booked for a tackle on Caprari just outside the area, giving Pescara a great chance to equalize, and had not it been for Buffon, the fouled player would have done just that, as the Italian keeper stopped his shot. Juventus continued dominating Pescara, and Delfino scored a second through a lobbed shot as the clock reached the 33rd minute.

Early in the second half, Asamoah had a long ranged shot go just wide of Perin's right post. As minutes progressed, Conte decided to switch to a more defensive formation with five players in the back, and as such Asamoah left the pitch for Lichtsteiner to enter as a left back. Later on, Pescara substituted Lulli and Blasi for Weiss and Caprari, but the team showed no signs of response.

Nearing the end of the game, Matri won a free kick for Lucas to complete his hat-trick, but the striker's shot was off-target. Trouble arised minutes later, after Buffon failed to calculate the trayectory of the ball and Jonathas scored a goal which the keeper acknowedleged to be his fault. Desperate not to concede another one, Conte substituted Bendtner for Matri in order to have fresh legs in attack. The referee decided to end the game just as Delfino was heading towards goal all alone thanks to a pass from the recent substitute, and thus the Vecchia Signora won its third consecutive game in Serie A.

Delfino, the Man of the Match, was briefly interviewed on the pitch following the whistle:

- Lucas, nineteen years, wearing the number 10. Were you expecting a debut like this in Turin?
- I think I knew it was going to be a special day. Even though I scored some goals last time, I was hoping to do well today, in front of the fans, so I'm glad we won.
- This is just your second match in Serie A, but you have already faced Italian teams in European competitions. What do you make of them?
- I expected Italian teams to have a much more defensive approach to the game, but I have found they are just as offensive if not more than English teams. Naturally this is good for us strikers, because the more offensive a team is, the more spaces they concede for us to exploit.
- This surely translates in the fact that, in just two games for Juve, you have found the net seven times. Do you see yourself as an important part of the team, despite the little time you have been with the club?
- I want to be important, which is why I try to give my best in every game I play. The manager knows that, and if he were to ask me, I would sit on the bench on the next game, and see if my opportunity comes. The manager is the one who decides whether you are important or not.
- Speaking about important, you have played two important derbies with Manchester United, against Manchester City and Liverpool. In fifteen days, Juventus will face Inter at the Giuseppe Meazza. What do you expect from that match, being this one of the most heated derbies in Europe?
- It's too early to speak about a game like that. First we have to make our debut in the Europa League, and only then we will play Inter. But I'm sure it will be a very exciting match, and the fans will enjoy every bit of it. Everyone knows you don't play derbies, you win them.



Juventus F.C. 2: Buffon; Barzagli, Chiellini, Lúcio; Vidal, K. Asamoah, Marchisio, Isla, Giaccherini; Matri, Lucas Delfino.
Pescara 1: Perin; U. Cosic, D. Mbodj, Zanon, Crescenzi; Cascione, Bjarnason, M. Nielsen, Weiss, Caprari; Jonathas.

GOALS: 20' 33' Lucas Delfino (J), 81' Jonathas (P).
SUBSTITUTIONS: 60' Lichtsteiner for K. Asamoah (J), 68' Lulli for Caprari and Blasi for Weiss (P), 89' Bendtner for Matri (J).
BOOKINGS: 21' Chiellini (J).
DISMISSALS: None.

Delfino's first goal.



May 20, 13 at 5:21pm
Lucas9


Monday, August 31st.

Juventus destroys Roma with five-star performance from Delfino


A true postcard: even in crowds, Roma players were unable to stop the speedy striker.


With five goals from Delfino, and one from Pirlo and Giaccherini each, Juventus won its second match in the tournament, against a Roma that looked far stronger in the papers than it did on the pitch.

The match had a bright start with Juventus and Roma both getting scoring opportunities early on. The away team was the first to score, as Bonucci played a perfect pass past three players for Delfino to shoot one-on-one against Stekelenburg, making this his first goal for the club. Thus, within fifteen minutes in Serie A, Lucas managed to get his name on the scoring sheet. Moreover, this marked Lucas' 200th goal in domestic league matches, making this goal twice the special for him.

Roma's closest attempt on goal came in the 27th minute, after a powerful shot by Bradley went inches wide of Buffon's left post. Two minutes later, Pjanic forced an excellent save by Gianluigi, as Roma started to level the playing field. Delfino's goalscoring instict came into play before half-time. Giovinco played a pass to Vucinic, while Lucas awaited in the penalty spot. The Montenegrin player then back-heeled the ball to him, and Delfino had no trouble shooting it into the net, giving his team the two goal lead.


Delfino shoots what will be his first goal in Serie A, and his 200th overall in league matches.


In the second half, a shot from Delfino came close to give Juventus another goal. His hat-trick would come shortly afterwards, when a through ball from Vucinic found him inside the box, and the French player dribbled around two Roma defenders before slotting the ball past Stekelenburg. Proving he was not all about goals, Lucas went on to assist Pirlo in Juventus' fourth goal, with an exquisite pass to the penalty spot.

There was more to be had in the second half, as Delfino increased his tally to four thanks to an assist by Giaccherini, which Lucas put into the net with a first touch strike. Even this didn't seem to stop him from wanting more, and more came when the young star scored another goal similar to his third. Needless to say, Roma's defense didn't know how to deal with him.
Juventus' seventh arrived after Giaccherini volleyed a rebound conceded by Stekelenburg into goal, after having a header blocked by the Dutch keeper.


Lucas celebrates one of his (many) goals in the match. The number 10 returns with all of its glory.


That would be the last the match would see, as Juventus beat Roma 7-0 with a fantastic display by Lucas Delfino, who certainly was everything the fans expected him to be. With two wins from two, having scored nine goals and received none, Juventus leads the championship, tied on points with Inter along with three other clubs. Conte's team next commitment will be on September 5th, against Pescara, when Lucas plays his first official match in Juventus Stadium.



A.S. Roma 0: Stekelenburg; A. Romagnoli, Leandro Castán, Taddei, Dodô; Taxtsidis, Pjanic, Bradley; Lamela, Müller, Destro.
Juventus F.C. 7: Buffon; Lúcio, Bonucci, Barzagli; Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, Giovinco, Giaccherini; Vucinic, Lucas Delfino.

GOALS: 13' 37' 49' Lucas Delfino (J), 55' Pirlo (J), 57' 64' Lucas Delfino (J), 82' Giaccherini (J).
SUBSTITUTIONS: 64' Bendtner for Vucinic (J), 69' Chiellini for Giovinco (J), 82' Marquinho for Taxtsidis (R).
BOOKINGS: None.
DISMISSALS: None.

Delfino's first goal.
Delfino's second goal.
Delfino's third goal.



May 18, 13 at 2:17pm
Parmar1993


Juve are a great club. nice to see Parmar and Delfino representing them on the respective SOMS



May 18, 13 at 2:16pm
Lucas9


Sunday, August 30th.

Delfino presented at Juventus Stadium. "A new era begins", said Conte.


Aplaudan, aplaudan, no dejen de aplaudir los goles de Delfino que ya van a venir. The Italian fans chanted a song from Delfino's beloved Argentina, roughly translated as "Clap, clap, don't stop clapping Delfino's goals about to arrive".


Bianconeri supporters gathered today at Juventus Stadium and its surroundings to receive Lucas Delfino at Turín, after the French striker was transferred to the club from Manchester United, for a record breaking fee of 140,000,000 euros. The young goalscorer, who was last year's winner of the World Footballer of the Year Award, entered the pitch wearing a jersey with the legend "Forza Juventus".

Delfino's words during the conference were brief, but went straight to the point: "I'm very happy to be at a club with such an illustrious history as Juventus. I want everyone present here to know I will wear this jersey with pride, as many important players of Juventus have done in the past, and will give only my best to live up to your expectations." Antonio Conte was the one who spoke afterwards: "This is a player that is not only the meaning of skill, but also of commitment and enthusiasm. The squad and I are happy to welcome him to the Bianconeri family. With you, we begin a new era."


The ever-present skill display.


Everyone present at the stadium was amazed after two well known figures of Juventus stepped into the pitch before walking up to the stage: Michel Platini, three time Ballon d'Or winner and UEFA president, and Alessandro Del Piero, all-time top goalscorer for the club. Both congratulated Delfino for his arrival to Juventus, before presenting him with the number 10 jersey, which both wore back when they were players at the club. "Next time, I hope to meet you at Wembley", said Platini, while Pinturicchio took the time to make a small joke directed to the French forward's prolific scoring, before the two midfielders proceeded to put the jersey on Lucas: "I hope my record lasts a few more years before you break it."

Tomorrow, Delfino will make his debut as a starter against A.S. Roma, in the second fixture of Serie A. Lucas, who won the Europa League against Roma having scored three goals in the final, will surely look to make a big impression on his debut.



May 17, 13 at 5:21pm
RAUL94


Did De Gea turn black in the second team photo?



May 17, 13 at 5:20pm
Lucas9


quote Klimowicz
Well done The Super Cup is the last European trophy I won on BAL... in fact I can't recall if I have won any other European trophy :/
Thanks man. The Super Cup is definitely my favorite trophy, coming as the Europa League underdogs.



May 17, 13 at 5:11pm
Klimowicz


Well done The Super Cup is the last European trophy I won on BAL... in fact I can't recall if I have won any other European trophy :/



May 17, 13 at 4:38pm
Lucas9


Friday, August 28th.

Manchester United defeats Barcelona in Super Cup showdown!


The team celebrates alongside the coveted UEFA Super Cup.


A comeback win by Manchester United, thanks to goals from Delfino and Van Persie, have given the club a new European trophy. Amidst a tearful press conference, Ferguson announced the departure of the French goalscorer to Juventus for a staggering fee. However, Delfino stated: "this won't be my last match for United".

Barcelona took the lead early on through none other than Messi. The small Argentinian executed a perfect run around against Jones before chipping the ball into Lindegaard's bottom right corner. Things weren't looking good for Manchester United, as an early goal by Barcelona was described by Ferguson as a possible mental breakdown for his team. However, the Reds had their own ace of spades, and it was precisely Delfino who took on Barcelona's defense, playing a pass for Nani on the right, who dribbled deep into the area before handing Lucas a "take it and do it" assistance, equalizing the score.


Delfino equalizes for United after Messi's goal put Ferguson's team at an early disadvantage.


In defense, Evra shined has he blocked Villa from a through ball that could possibly mean a goal by Barcelona, given the striker's reputation as a prolific goalscorer. In the 28th minute, a foul by Piqué on Ashley Young gave United a great opportunity to score, but the Dutch's shot went over the crossbar. Shortly afterwards, it was Smalling who took down Alexis just outside the box. Unlike Van Persie's, Messi's shot went straight to Lindegaard's upper left corner, but De Gea's replacement demonstrated to be fit for the final by parrying his shot away.

Ferguson went crazy before half-time, as Van Persie missed a clear chance on goal after an assist by Delfino: pressured by Adriano, his shot went straight to Valdés, who conceded a corner. A foul by Kagawa on Abidal minutes later gave Messi a chance to redeem himself for his previous free-kick, but the Argentinian was not lucky has his shot suffered the same fate as Van Persie's. In injury time, Fabregas came close to give Barcelona the lead, but Lindegaard was quick to send his ball into a corner, as Ferguson suffered every second left on the clock.

In the second half, Manchester United looked to run over Barcelona with pure spirit. A quick counter started by Büttner allowed Lucas to play a through ball to Van Persie that Piqué couldn't intercept, leaving the Dutchman to score one-on-one with Valdés and give United a very important one-goal lead. Just after the kick-off, United staged an offensive play thanks to an interception by Lucas, which ended in a corner for Ferguson's team. Delfino's header following Van Persie's execution hit Valdés' right post, but despite this, it was clear Manchester United was taking control of the game.


Van Persie gives United the lead after a fantastic through pass by Delfino, just as the second half began.


More was yet to come as a fantastic strike inside the area by Lucas was saved spectacularly by Valdés. But the breaking point of the game came minutes later, after Delfino dribbled past Barcelona's defense before being brought down inside the area by Piqué, giving Van Persie the perfect excuse to put United two goals ahead. Sure enough, despite Valdés guessing where his shot would go to, the Dutch forward scored United's third goal in the night. Ferguson smiled as his team was getting closer to winning the game.

In the 58th minute, Delfino was substituted by Welbeck, hugging Ferguson before sitting on the substitutes bench. Meanwhile, Villa's time on the pitch came to an end as Iniesta entered the field in hopes of regaining dominance of the ball. Ferguson replied to Vilanova's decision by playing Jones as a holding midfielder, substituting Jonny Evans for Ashley Young. With Lucas ouside the pitch, United's play focused on the flanks, where a cross could spell trouble for Barcelona's defenders. Sir Alex's final substitution came in the last ten minutes of the game, when Nani was substituted by Rafael.

Cesc Fabregas, who had a good game during the course of the night, was booked in the 83rd minute for a tackle on Van Persie, as Barcelona didn't seem to break through United's defense. Vilanova's silence said it all, as the Spanish manager didn't seem to find an answer to Ferguson's defensive strategy, which although conservative, allowed his team to find enough space to counter-attack from time to time.


Turning point for Manchester United: Piqué tackles Delfino inside the box. Van Persie went on to score his second goal in the match.


Little mattered for Sir Alex, as when the referee blew his whistle, the boss won his third title in the year, alongside the Premier League and the Europa League that made the final possible. Delfino's and Van Persie's goal gave United a much coveted trophy, considering the opponent, and the substitute bench ran towards the pitch just as they did only a couple of months ago. Lucas, who played a pivotal role in the match with a goal and an assist, shook hands with every one of his teammates and members of the staff, before giving a hug to Alex Ferguson.

The press conference revealed the motives behind this: "Manchester United has made a deal with Juventus regarding Lucas, where he will be transferred to Juve for a sum of one hundred and forty million euros", said Ferguson. "I personally want to congratulate him, for few players played such an important role in the acquisition of three titles in less than a season with Manchester United. His goal against Barcelona has been his last with Manchester United's jersey." Shortly after, Delfino joined his now former manager at the press conference: "I thank Manchester United for everything they have given to me in these past eight months. It's been a short but successful journey for me and the club, and I have enjoyed every bit of it." In the verge of tears, the French striker added: "I have been treated as a member of a huge family, and during every match I have felt the love of the fans in the stadium, whether we were playing at the Theatre of Dreams, or as outsiders. These three titles I have won are theirs and theirs alone." However, Delfino has left an open door for a possible return to Old Trafford: "This has been my last match for United this season, but not the last in my career."


Lucas Delfino, UEFA Super Cup Man of the Match.




FC Barcelona 1: V. Valdés; Abidal, Piqué, Adriano, Jordi Alba; A. Song, Thiago, Cesc Fabregas; Villa, A. Sanchez, Messi.
Manchester United 3: A. Lindegaard; Smalling, P. Jones, Cleverley, Evra; Kagawa, Büttner, Nani, Ashley Young, Van Persie; Lucas Delfino.

GOALS: 5' Messi (B), 10' Lucas Delfino (M), 48' 56' Van Persie (M).
SUBSTITUTIONS: 58' Welbeck for Lucas Delfino (M), 61' A. Iniesta for Villa (B), 64' Jonny Evans for Ashley Young (M), 81' Rafael for Nani (M).
BOOKINGS: 83' Cesc Fabregas (B).
DISMISSALS: None.

Messi's goal.
Delfino's goal.
Van Persie's first goal.
Piqué's penalty on Delfino.

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