Press release

Ingolstadt, 2011-07-28

FC Barcelona triumphant in Audi Cup 2011

  • Champions League winner FC Barcelona beat FC Bayern Munich
  • Second football festival tournament in sign of Four Rings
  • Both match days sold out in the Munich Allianz Arena

The winner of the second Audi Cup tournament is FC Barcelona. In the final against FC Bayern Munich Thiago Alcántara scored twice in the sold out Allianz Arena to ensure the 2:0 final score. In the third place play-off game the Brazilians from SC Internacional de Porto Alegre beat AC Milan 4:2 after the penalty shoot-out.

FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich gave the 66,000 spectators filling the Allianz Arena from top to bottom a genuine football festival; the champion squad under Josep Guardiola was worthy winners at the final whistle. The Spaniards dethroned FC Bayern Munich who had won the Audi Cup premiere in 2009 against Manchester United. “We enjoyed a high class final in a fantastic atmosphere,” explained Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Marketing and Sales, who also presented the trophy to FC Barcelona. The Audi Cup was broadcast in 180 countries worldwide, in Germany ZDF was “live on air” on both match days.

Defending champions and hosts against currently the world’s best club team – FC Bayern Munich versus FC Barcelona. The finalists could hardly have been more attractive. The game also held what it promised on paper. Both teams had their chances in a thrilling 90 minute game. The ‘new Bavarians’ Takashi Usami, Jérôme Boateng, Nils Petersen and Rafinha used the opportunity to play in front of the home public. Thiago Alcántara, who was voted as ‘Most Valuable Player’ again today after claiming the honor after yesterday’s semi-final, excelled by scoring two goals (42nd and 75th minute).

In the third place play-off SC Internacional de Porto Alegre beat AC Milan. After 90 minutes the score was 2:2. Milan took the lead twice (1:0 Zlatan Ibrahimović, 3rd minute and 2:1 Pato, 60th minute), Inter equalized in the 23rd minute through Leandro Damião and in the 80th minute by Andrés D’Alessandro. The penalty shoot-out resolved the game. Hero of the nerve wracking spot kick drama was Inter keeper Renan who took the sting out of three Italian penalties. The final score: 4:2 for SC Internacional. Renan well earned reward: he was voted ‘Most Valuable Player’.

The fans cheered on their favorite teams already during both semi-final matches on Tuesday. There was good reason to be on tenterhooks. Both the game between FC Barcelona and SC Internacional de Porto Alegre (regular time 2:2) as well as the match between Bayern and AC Milan (1:1) was only decided after penalty shoot-out. Extra-time was not played. The two favored teams prevailed in the end with 6:4.

Those wishing to relive the highlights and most emotional moments of the Audi Cup 2011 – the highlights of every game and latest reports about the tournament can be seen in the internet at www.audi.tv.
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