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Pedro Rodríguez / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Pedro Rodríguez has a happy habit of scoring goals against Real Madrid. From the 2009-10 season to the present he has appeared in 12 matches against them, five as a substitute, and has found the net on five occasions. The latest, last Thursday at the Camp Nou in the Spanish Supercup, was important in the way the team neutralised Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener.

Title winning goal

Pedro’s first goal against Real Madrid came at the Bernabéu in the 2009-10 Liga. Messi had made it 1-0 after 32 minutes, and then in the 56th, the Canary Islander made it two. That wonderful performance away from home put Barça back on top of the league table, and they stayed there for the rest of the season.

Glory in Champions League semi

In 2010-11, Pedro was there on that magnificent night at the Camp Nou when FC Barcelona put five past their biggest rival. Xavi, Villa (twice) and Jeffren got the others. Pedro played in four other clásicos that season, the other Liga match, the Copa del Rey final and the two Champions League semi finals.

In the European clash, Pedro scored a 53rd minute goal in the home leg, which ended 1-1, a result that was good enough to ensure that FC Barcelona were off to Wembley, where they would beat Manchester United.

He also scored in one of the five games between Barça and Real Madrid last season. After failing to score in the Supercup and Liga matches, he got the opener after 43 minutes in the Copa del Rey quarter final, a match that ended 2-2 and certified the Catalans’ passage into the final four.

Most recent in Supercup

His most recent goal against the all-whites came last Thursday in the Spanish Supercup first leg. Messi and Xavi also scored for Barça, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Di María did likewise for the visitors. If Tito Vilanova names Pedro in his side on Wednesday night, Pedro will have the chance to further extend his spectacular record.

 

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