Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona (AET; 2-3 on pens): Barca wins shootout to reach Spanish Super Cup final
Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona (AET; 2-3 on pens): Goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen, the injured hero Lionel Messi watches Barca win the shootout to reach the Spanish Super Cup final
- De Jong produced a remarkable header to give the visitors the lead in the first half
- But the midfielder acted in the box and Oyarzabal equalized from the spot
- Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen then saved two penalties in the shootout
- Barcelona will play against Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final
The injured Lionel Messi watched from the sidelines of the Nuevo El Arcangel stadium in Cordoba as Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Sociedad on penalties.
With their captain and usual penalty taker missing due to hamstring problems, Ronald Koeman’s team won the shoot-out 3-2 to make it to Sunday’s final.
Marc Andre ter Stegen saved the first kick of Real Sociedad from Jon Bautista. Frenkie de Jong then missed the opportunity to give Barcelona the lead. The normally infallible Mikel Oyarzabal stepped up, but he missed his first penalty ever with Ter Stegen who saved.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen celebrates with teammates after the dramatic victory
Ousmane Dembélé was the first to score as he ran forward with one foot and buried his kick with the other. And when Willian Jose hit the post and Miralem Pjanic scored, Barcelona was almost in the final.
Mikel Merino scored but Antoine Griezmann just had to score and they were through but he skied his kick and Adnan Januzaj scored.
That meant the B team was midfielder Riqui Puig who stepped up to take the final kick and scored to put Barcelona in the final.
Goalkeeper Ter Stegen was the hero of Barcelona by saving two penalties in the shootout
In normal time, Barcelona had taken a 38-minute lead when Martin Braithwaite Griezmann played over the left hand and drove for De Jong to pass Remiro. It was a difficult header for the midfielder but leaning back he managed to guide the ball under the bar.
It was a reward for just about damaging the first half, but the lead was gone five minutes after the restart. De Jong acted in the area and referee Jose Luis Munuera Montero pointed to the spot.
After waiting for VAR to confirm the decision, Oyarzabal stepped in and scored with his signature style, never looking at the ball before hitting it, past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The ball ends up in the back of the net as with all 16 of his previous club and country spot kicks.
Frenkie de Jong celebrates with Antoine Griezmann after opening the score in the first half
De Jong almost scored within a minute. But he paused too long in Real Sociedad’s penalty area before firing and when he finally did, Andoni Gorosabel had come for him and De Jong went through the back of the defender’s heel and not the ball. For a moment Koeman thought that the referee had pointed to the spot but a foul was awarded to Real Sociedad.
Dembele came close next but his shot went just wide. On the other hand, Alexander Isak won a free kick when he was turned on the edge of the area by Sergio Busquets, but wasted it by firing into the wall. Pedri got a shot knocked over by Remiro as both teams tried to avoid extra time.
When those 30 extra minutes came it was Real Sociedad who got their first chance with Joseba Zaldua cracking a shot in front of the top corner before Ter Stegen was able to knock it over with the save of the match. Remiro then blocked Griezmann’s shot from close range after following his free kick that was won.
Midfielder de Jong produced a remarkable header that gave the visitors the lead after 38 minutes
And substitute Adnan Januzaj ran half the length of the field but shot wide of the far post. The former Manhcester United winger was determined to settle the semi-finals and his free kick came back off the post with Ter Stegen defeated.
But Ter Stegen was the hero of the shoot-out. “We deserved the win,” said the German goalkeeper. ‘We are happy, but we cannot get carried away. We should win these games. ‘
Real Madrid will play against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday in the second semi-final of the last four, with the winners meeting Barcelona on Sunday.
De Jong traded in the area and Mikel Oyarzabal equalized for Real Sociedad from the spot