Barca lift Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save

Danny Woods
August 13, 2018

Sevilla defended well and kept their shape but they also had their chances.

The Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla is a game of particular significance for Leo Messi: if the new Barcelona captain finds himself on the winning side in Tangiers he will become the most successful player in Camp Nou history by lifting a 33 career trophy with the club. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league.

Pablo Sarabia put Sevilla ahead when the video assistant referee gave a goal which had been ruled out for offside.

Suarez had a golden chance to level the scores late in the first period when he found space inside the box, but the Uruguay worldwide missed the far post as Sevilla kept their one-goal lead in tact.

However, Barcelona struck just before half-time after a free-kick by Messi hit the post before Gerard Pique converted the rebound. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla's defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute.

Dembele ended up being the match-winner when his thunderbolt late in the second half found the back of the net, and there was even more drama in the dying minutes, when saw Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a penalty from Wissam Ben Yedder.

Lionel MESSI broke another FC Barcelona record while Emiliano SALA scored.

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Franco Vazquez then headed an Ever Banega corner onto the crossbar moments later as Sevilla came within inches of taking the lead in Morocco once again.

'He (Dembele) is a player with great qualities and today has left us with something to be happy about in a hard match'.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal debuted for Barcelona as a late substitute.

Sevilla qualified for Sunday's match as last season's Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.

This is also the first year that the trophy will be decided over one game, with the Super Cup previously a two-legged affair. Sevilla faces Zalgiris on Thursday after winning their first match 1-0.

Sevilla said they could file a complaint if Barca name an "improper lineup" in Tangier.

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