He Barcelona already awaits Real Madrid or Athletic in the final of the Spain Supercup after having prevailed in the penalty shootout to the Real society. The match ended 1-1 thanks to the goals of Frenkie de Jong and that of Mikel Oyarzabal, but Ter Stegen He was essential in extra time and in the shoot-out to send his team to the final of the tournament that is being played in Andalusia.
Start the Spain Supercup and it couldn’t have two better leads. Two historic Spanish soccer teams that had 90 minutes to go to earn a spot in the championship final. Both clubs reached the clash without their two magicians: Leo Messi and David Silva. Despite this, both Barcelona as Real society They have a lot of quality in their squads and the show was guaranteed with players Pedri, Oyarzabal and company.
The ball rolled and the New Archangel returned to enjoy the highest level of football while waiting for Córdoba to return to where it deserves. Meanwhile it was time to see two top teams. He Barcelona, as a visitor, I went out with Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Lenglet, Araújo, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Dembélé, Griezmann and Braithwaite. For its part, Imanol Alguacil’s set jumped to the green with Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Guridi, Merino, Guevara; Oyarzabal, Portu and Isak.
One year had passed since the removal of Ernesto Valverde, a decision that could take its toll upon becoming Barcelona, but this Super Cup it was a new opportunity to return to the path of titles in the Koeman era. It would not be easy to raise the trophy, even less seeing how the Real society to the match. Those of Sheriff they jumped into the field to bite. The slogan was clear: if a player of the Barça he offered to receive the ball, he felt the breath of a Txuri-urdin footballer so that the Catalans could not do anything.
And so it was for almost half an hour. It was impossible for the Donostiarras to hold out like this for the whole game. The big problem was that during those minutes that were superior, the inability to score prevailed. Isak upside down, For your with a shot too crossed, another head of Le Normand and a stop of Ter Stegen in a heads up with the Swedish striker were the letter of introduction of the Real society. Virtually all of those occasions came after robberies thanks to intense pressure. Guridi and Guevara were the shadows of Busquets and Pedri respectively and made the Barcelona was unable to make four passes in a row.
La Real lowers a piston
The group led by Imanol Sheriff and the Barcelona he began to feel more comfortable on the green. Once they were able to move more freely Busquets and Pedri the game culé improved. They were added an unbalancing Ousmane Dembélé that gave another speed to the game of the team of Ronald Koeman. The first Barça chance came with a distant shot from Lenglet, but later Braithwaite, who played on the left side, tested Remiro, the archer of the real.
Pedri he began to find the spaces that during the first leg of the meeting he could not see and his teammates ended up finding the goal. Braithwaite to the hole a Griezmann, who rushes to the baseline before hanging the ball to the exact place where it would appear Frenkie de Jong to stick my head in and get over Remiro five minutes before intermission. The Catalans were ahead and left with a 0-1 at halftime, a marker with which, without a doubt, they would leave quite happy after seeing a start of the match in which they suffered at full power, as the good old man would say. Iniesta.
The second half started and, as usual in January, at Barcelona He was presented with the famous post Christmas slope. Five minutes later the contest was equalized Oyarzabal from the penalty spot by deceiving Ter Stegen after a penalty committed by Frenkie de Jong, who reached out for a walk in a San Sebastian center. The Dutchman went from hero to villain in less than half an hour. The match tied the Real society and immediately afterwards the Dutchman was able to compensate himself with a good play that he ended up wasting for taking a long time to shoot, in which, in addition, he needed to kick the rival.
Cast to overtime
Again the Real society grew and returned to the initial pressure plan to make the Barcelona, but the Catalans found more holes and the game entered a mad phase in which both teams attacked, as if the Super Cup, which last year went to Arabia, was now the Premier League. Griezmann brushed the goal with a good volley at the far post after a subtle cross from Sergio Busquets. OR Dembélé, which after a perfect counter, snaked on the front and from the crescent a shot was taken that licked the post. The Donostiarras attacked, but the Barça defense was firm, recovering that pending issue that has haunted them throughout the course.
Between so much going and back Isak starred in a good duel with Araújo. Speed, physical power … both were measured in everything, but due to the defender’s success and the attacker’s mistake in front of goal, the scoreline continued to 1-1 when he entered the final stretch of the match. There were 15 minutes left and the players were beginning to feel tired after a game of great demands and a brutal effort, although the one that seemed to be still fresh was Frenkie de Jong, undoubtedly, one of the men of the match despite the penalty he committed, sometimes Marcos Llorente looking forward to his position and making enough rides with which he left his opponents behind.
The game was broken and the players of both teams destroyed. Anyone who had played from the beginning looked like a FIFA player whose energy bar has run out. Until Munuera Montero it was broken. It was clearly seen when the end of the game whistled and I saw that he still had another half hour running from one side to the other. A short refreshment and back to battle, with the new faces of Riqui Puig and Pjanic occupying the positions of Pedri and Busquets. Another of those who entered was Zaldúa, that a few minutes after starting the extension, a shoe was taken from more than 30 meters to force Ter Stegen to make a spectacular popcorn with which he avoided the second goal from Donostia.
Griezmann emulates Ramos and Baggio
The battle was intense even though everyone was already in reserve. Dembélé had a good chance, but Remiro He managed to block his shot and the Frenchman gave the scare, but everything was in a cramp. The break came and continued to play the other 15 minutes. In the second act, once again the Real’s goalkeeper saved his team with a point-blank save to Antoine Griezmann. The Donostiarras also had it, but Januzaj, after walking all over the field, he came across the nails of Ter Stegen to avoid the defeat of his team, because minutes later it was the stick that denied the Belgian winger the goal before the referee signaled the end and the winner was decided on penalties.
The fortune of penalties fell on the side of Barcelona, which becomes the first finalist of the Spanish Super Cup, thanks to Marc André Ter Stegen, which stopped the penalties to Bautista and Oyarzabal. Willian José continued with the jinx and sent his throw to the post, as did De Jong. Dembélé and Pjanic did not fail. Merino gave hope to the comeback and Griezmann also by sending his maximum penalty to the fifth amphitheater of the Archangel. Januzaj put the tables and Riqui Puig decided by scoring the fifth, allowing the Catalans to win 2-3 in the round.