FC Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2-1 to capture their 13th Supercopa de España in Morocco today. Sevilla took an early lead before Piqué scored the equalizer right before the break. The outcome was decided in the second half when Dembélé scored a magnificent to give the Blaugrana the lead. Sevilla had a golden chance to equalizer in the dying moments of the game when they were awarded a penalty. However, Marc-André ter Stegen guessed correct when he dived to his left and save Ben Yedder’s penalty to ensure victory.
The Blaugrana’s starting eleven consisted of new faces playing with key starters for the first time; Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rafinha, Arthur, Messi, Dembélé y and Luis Suárez. Sevilla came into this game intent on playing on the break from the off and their plan was working after scoring in the 9th minute from a counter attack that saw Muriel nutmeg new signing Lenglet and the ball fell to Sarabia who did not waste this golden chance and gave his side the lead.
Sevilla played the rest of the half conservatively and paid the price when just a a minute before the break, Messi was fouled just outside the box. He proceeded to blast his free kick over the ball and the ball bounced off the post and Vaclik’s leg before Piqué pounced on the rebound to make it 1-1. The winner with come in the 77th minute of the second half after Dembélé took Messi and calmly dribbled before blasting a superb effort from outside the box that crashed off the underside of the bar and into the goal. Just as it seemed the Blaugrana were heading for a sure victory, Sevilla were awarded a penalty in the final moments of the game after the referee Carlos del Cerro Grande ruled that Ter Stegen had brought down former Blaugrana player, Aleix Vidal. Ter Stegen, who was not pleased with the call, guessed correct by diving to his left and saving substitute Ben Yedder’s penalty. 4 minutes of stoppage time later, the final whistle blew and the Blaugrana celebrated their first trophy of the 2018-2019 season.
Messi, as the new captain, hoisted the trophy, which was the 33rd title he has won in his club career, thereby becoming the most decorated player in the club’s history. Next up, the Blaugrana will host Boca Juniors on Wednesday at the Camp Nou before La Liga kicks off on August 18 when our beloved Blaugrana host Alaves at the Camp Nou.
Match Info (From Sport):
Sevilla FC: Vaclik; Navas, S. Gómez, Mercado (Ben Yedder, 85′), Kjaer, Escudero (c); Banega, Roque Mesa; Sarabia (Sarabia, 71′), Franco Vázquez & Muriel (André Silva, 60′).
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rafinha (46′), Arthur (Coutinho, 53′); Dembélé (Arturo Vidal, 86′), Messi (c) & Luis Suárez.
Goals: 1-0, Sarabia (min.9); 1.1, Piqué (min. 41); 1-2, Dembélé (min. 79).
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande.
Cautions: Busquets (15′), Roque Mesa (67′), Ter Stegen (89′), Lenglet (90+2), Aleix Vidal (90+4)