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That concludes our coverage of the Spanish Super Cup between Sevilla and Barcelona! We hope you enjoyed it and see you all soon!
Next up for Sevilla is their second-leg tie with Zalgiris in Europa League qualifying on Thursday, while Barcelona have a friendly with Boca Juniors on Wednesday.
Barcelona started the match slowly but grew in confidence and were relatively comfortable by the end of it. Gerard Pique’s first Barcelona goal was the result of a sublime Messi free-kick which clattered the post, and the second was perhaps a glimpse as to the reason the Barca hierarchy shelled out the cash for Ousmane Dembele a year ago. This is Barcelona’s 13th Super Cup victory – and a well-deserved one!
Barcelona mounted the pressure in the second half, but it was ultimately a bit of individual magic from Ousmane Dembele which secured Barcelona’s title-triumph. Sevilla were kept much quieter in the second half, after the introduction of Coutinho and Rakitic who are presumed to be the regular starters either side of Busquets in midfield. Wissam Ben Yedder had the chance to bring the match into extra-time with a 90th-minute penalty after a Ter Stegen foul on Vidal, but it was not to be as his set-piece was hit woefully weak, allowing the keeper to save easily.
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FULL-TIME: Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona.
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Coutinho is taken down with a two-footed sliding challenge from Aleix Vidal – who is shown a yellow card.
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Clement Lenglet is shown a yellow card for a somewhat cynical foul in which he was looking to arrest Sevilla's forward move.
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Wissam Ben Yedder struck the penalty relatively centrally, but Ter Stegen still had to react, and he did so brilliantly - jumping on the ball and making the clean save with confidence. He has certainly ensured Barcelona's victory with that crucial block!
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WISSAM BEN YEDDER IS SAVED! The striker looked nervy before stepping up and he sends his penalty to the goalkeeper’s left – but the shot is weak and put far too centrally! They were given the opportunity to equalise at the final moment, and they’ve squandered the chance! It looks like Sevilla are destined for defeat now!
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PENALTY TO SEVILLA and a yellow card for Ter Stegen! Aleix Vidal’s run through on goal is stopped by Ter Stegen who quickly emerged from his goal to clear the danger. The goalkeeper makes contact with the player and brings him down inside the six-yard box – giving the referee an easy decision!
Vazquez gets on yet another cross from Jesus Navas, but the defence does its job dispossess the attacker before clearing the danger. Sevilla’s last-ditch attacking is not varied enough, with most forays forward coming down Navas’ right-hand side.
New signing Arturo Vidal is on for the final five minutes, replacing Ousmane Dembele, whose 78th-minute goal is the difference between the two sides.
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Striker Wissam Ben Yedder is on for Sevilla’s last throw of the dice, replacing defender Ivan Mercado.
Navas once again drives in on the right before crossing the ball to the far post, but Escudero is unable to reach it and Sevilla squander yet another attacking opportunity using the same pattern of attack.
Sevilla press forward with eight minutes left, in need of an equaliser. Navas puts in a cross but Vazquez is called for a foul on Semedo at the far post after the Sevilla player bowled the full-back over – albeit perhaps unintentionally.
This is the second time these two sides have met in the Spanish Super Cup in three years, and Barca’s eighth appearance in the final in nine years.
Lionel Messi's pass found Dembele, and it is given as the assist.
OH, IT’S A BIT OF MAGIC FROM DEMBELE TO MAKE IT 2-1! What a phenomenal strike from the young Frenchman shortly after the brilliance of Vaclik. The goalkeeper could do nothing about this strike, however, as Dembele receives a pass from Messi before taking two steps towards the penalty area and unleashing a thunderbolt which clatters off the crossbar before nestling into the bottom corner. It’s a match-winning goal in terms of quality, and perhaps timing!
UNBELIEVABLE SAVE FROM VACLIK! Messi puts Coutinho through on goal but his shot, as well as Messi’s follow-up effort, are blocked by the goalkeeper, with the second save requiring some fantastic leg-work.
Navas shoots right at Ter Stegen after a lovely one-two pass with Andre Silva gets the winger into a position to strike at goal from a central area. The keeper is not fussed with the effort which is directed right to his midsection.
With 15 minutes left to play, its all-square at the Grand Stade de Tangier. A reminder that if level after 90 minutes, extra-time will be played. A new feature of this competition is the allowance of a fourth substitute – if the match does require an additional 30 minutes.
A win today would take Lionel Messi’s Barcelona trophy tally to 33 – a new record for the club.
Pablo Sarabia who gave Sevilla the lead is removed for former Barcelona player Aleix Vidal – who is given a warm reception upon his entrance.
Messi floats the free-kick into the box, searching for Suarez at the far post. Vaclik steps out of his goal well to punch away, and the clearance clatters off the head of Suarez and fortunately for the keeper, out for a goal-kick.
Dembele’s mazy run in midfield is halted by the sliding challenge of Roque Mesa, who is shown a yellow card for his tackle.
Barcelona are in control now, constantly flashing the ball across Vaclik’s goal. Each time, Barcelona were foiled at the last, with a slick Suarez dummy-run and a wonderfully weighted Rakitic cross not finding their intended targets. Pressure is mounting, however, similar to the spell Barca had before equalising. Can Sevilla hold on?
A clumsy foul on Rakitic gives Barcelona a free-kick in midfield and allows Barcelona to once again build up patiently. Messi is finding himself on the ball in a creative capacity much more now, as he is interchanging wonderfully with Rakitic and Coutinho.
Messi finds Dembele with a beautiful pass and the wide-attacker takes the pass in stride, finding his way into the penalty area. With nobody in his way, Dembele takes a quick-fire strike at goal, but it’s aimed right at Vaclik who palms it down before having a defender play it back to him with his head.
Banega takes Sevilla’s first corner of the game, and its delivered to the near post where Vazquez connects with a flicked header that sends the ball out – clipping the crossbar on its way over. It was nearly 2-1 with that dangerous set-piece!
Recently signed from Milan, Andre Silva makes his first appearance in a Sevilla kit, replacing Luis Muriel.
It’s Messi who strikes it at goal and forces a wonderful diving save out of Vaclik who is equal to it. The goalkeeper parries the shot out and away from danger expertly.
Messi is once again taken down outside the penalty area and Sevilla once again provide Barcelona with a set-piece chance, this time to take the lead.
Sevilla are continuing their fight in this match, flinging balls forward at every opportunity looking to exploit the pace of – above all – Navas. It has not worked in the second half so far, however, as Barcelona’s more regular midfield is now in operation.
Sevilla’s last win against Barcelona was at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2014. Sevilla won that evening 2-1.
The second substitution of the match is also Barcelona’s, as Arthur is taken off for Philippe Coutinho in another midfield swap.
Pique clatters into Ter Stegen as the two both rise to defend a wayward Sevilla cross. Lenglet cleans up the mess and prevents it from going out for an unnecessary Sevilla corner.
The match comes at a poor time for Sevilla, who are midway through their Europa League qualification tie against Zalgiris of Lithuania. The Spanish side lead the two-legged affair 1-0 after a win at home.
Suarez gets into the penalty area but he is unable to elude Escudero who puts the ball out for a throw-in. Suarez hasn’t looked sharp today, sending his only real chance at goal well-wide of the target.
Ernesto Valverde makes the first change of the match, replacing Rafinha with Ivan Rakitic
Sevilla get the second half underway!
Sevilla are doing what they do best, sitting in and exposing the opposition on the counter-attack. Both Sarabia and Vazquez have been busy, stretching Barcelona’s defence and finding providing service to Muriel, though it was the other way around for the opening goal. Their net looked impenetrable until Lionel Messi’s free-kick struck the post and unluckily fell to the foot of Gerard Pique. It’s all to play for in the second half, with both sides boasting deep substitutes benches, including a number of potential match-winners.
Both sides have acquitted themselves well in the first half of the Spanish Super Cup final, with a level score an adequate reflection. In traditional fashion, Barcelona have controlled possession and dominated the passing statistics, but that meant little when they found themselves a goal behind.
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HALF TIME: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona.
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Barcelona take one last corner-kick of the half short but it ends with a Sevilla free-kick after Mesa is bundled over in the penalty area by Suarez, despite his protestations.
MURIEL SAVED FROM CLOSE RANGE! Sarabia cuts inside and centres the ball for Muriel who pokes it towards Barcelona’s goal, but ter Stegen makes a fantastic reaction save to keep the ball out. The post-save scramble ends when a handball is called on Vazquez, awarding Barca a free-kick and a moment to breathe.
GERARD PIQUE MAKES IT 1-1 THREE MINUTES FROM HALF-TIME! Messi’s free-kick hits the post and ricochets off of Vaclik’s leg upon the rebound. The deflection takes it right into the path of Pique, who taps it in easily with a side foot! It’s equal in Morocco!
Barcelona win a free-kick on the edge of the area after Banega puts in a horrible, stud-raised challenge on Arthur. No card, but the set-piece is right in Messi’s range. Can this be the breakthrough?
Can Sevilla hold on until half time or will Barcelona’s pressure finally pay off? They are once again in possession, looking to capitalise on this good spell of play before the interval. The danger always looms of a Sevilla counter, however, as they love to break at pace after a change of possession.
Sevilla eventually clear the danger but their defence is beginning to look thin as a Semedo pull-back is initially blocked, but not scrambled away as Barcelona recollect possession and begin to turn the screw. Suarez gets himself inside the penalty area after some build-up play, but he drags his shot wide across the face of goal!
Messi cant find Suarez with a cross from almost the centre-circle but Kjaer somewhat unnecessarily puts the ball behind for a corner. It’s Kjaer who makes up for his mistake at the next attempt, clearing the set-piece immediately.
Good attacking play from Sevilla as Vazquez gets inside the right edge of the penalty area and lifts a cross for Muriel who, despite leaping high, cannot make contact with the ball – and it rolls out for a goal-kick.
Muriel is unhappy with the referee who opts to not show Lenglet a yellow card after the striker was dragged down in midfield, looking to start a counter-attack. Sevilla get the free-kick, but nothing more.
Messi sends in the cross with his magical left foot and finds Lenglet who rises above his marker. The centre-back nods his attempt over the crossbar and puts his head in his hands. He was not far from scoring against his former club!
Sarabia pushes Dembele over with far too much force and gives Barcelona a free-kick outside the Sevilla penalty area, just to the left.
Franco Vazquez is far too eager to win the ball in midfield and ends up in a bit of a tussle. He is shown Sevilla’s first yellow card of the match for the infringement.
Messi finds Suarez with a reverse pass but the striker only has enough time to turn and fire on goal. The effort is weak and Vaclik gets down easily to make the comfortable save.
Arthur shows his range with a beautifully lifted pass for Semedo who is making his traditional forward run. The Brazil midfielder puts a little bit too much power on the ball and it rolls out past the line for Vaclik to collect for a goal-kick.
Mesa attempts to dribble around Lenglet and Alba to the right of the Barcelona penalty area, but fails under the pressure and runs the ball out for a Barcelona throw-in. Sevilla rarely enjoy a spell on the ball, so that is a real waste of an opportunity.
Messi is taken down with a sliding challenge on the edge of the penalty area after receiving a one-two pass from Dembele. The crowd roars for a foul but the referee sees nothing wrong with the challenge and allows play to continue.
The counter-attack stops in its tracks after Sergio Busquets puts in a tough but necessary challenge on Vazquez which sees the Barca midfielder earn the first card of the match.
Dembele finds Alba with a superb incisive pass which leads the full-back into the penalty area. Kjaer is in position and makes the block which puts the ball out for a corner. After a nifty corner-kick routine which sees Messi get a shot off, Sevilla break on the counter.
Sevilla win the ball back in midfield and immediately press forward looking to break on the counter. Barcelona’s defence retain their shape and force Banega to pass backwards, ending Sevilla’s numerical advantage.
Slightly against the run of play, Sevilla find themselves a goal up. If there is one thing that can be said about them, their strikers are critical finishers. The first real opportunity of the game and the Andalusian side take the lead!
SARABIA MAKES IT 1-0 SEVILLA! After initially not giving the goal, the referee overturns his decision as Sarabia is onside when receiving a beautiful pass on the edge of the penalty area. The striker then takes a touch and curls it past the arm of ter Stegen!
Luis Muriel's pass found Sarabia in acres of space and is the assist for the opening goal of the match.
Barcelona are controlling the tempo in typical style, ponderously moving the ball around in midfield looking for space. Sevilla’s three-man defence provides a different test today for the Blaugrana, as the midfield will be much more condensed.
Alba thinks he’s won a corner-kick on the left-hand side, but replays suggest the linesman is correct in flagging for an offside on the Barcelona full-back. Sevilla restart play from a free-kick just outside their penalty area.
Today’s match ushers in Messi’s captaincy of Barcelona, with the Argentina forward given the nod from his team-mates after the departure of Andres Iniesta in the transfer window. Will his reign commence with a victory? It has been a relatively even opening couple of minutes, despite Barcelona having more of the ball.
The Spanish Super Cup is underway! Barcelona take the kick-off.
Ernesto Valverde’s formation features plenty of both tenured statesmen and new signings. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is preferred to Cillessen in goal, with Alba, Lenglet, Pique and Semedo his defensive line. Rafinha and Dembele will play the flanks as Arthur and Sergio Busquets maintain the passing possession-style football typical of Barcelona from the centre. In attack, it’s the usual pair of Messi and Suarez who will no doubt strike fear in the Sevilla defence.
Pablo Machin opts for three centre-backs in front of Vaclik with Mercado and Gomez stationed on opposite sides of Kjaer. Mesa and Banega will patrol the centre of the park, with Jesus Navas and Escudero providing width on the right and left. Up front, Vazquez and Sarabia are chosen to supply Muriel with opportunities to score.
Barcelona substitutes: Jasper Cillessen, Samuel Umtiti, Juan Miranda, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho, Arturo Vidal, Munir El Haddadi.
Barcelona Starting XI (4-4-2): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Nelson Semedo; Rafinha, Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Ousmane Dembele; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez.
Sevilla substitutes: Juan Soriano, Ibrahim Amadou, Daniel Carrico, Nolito, Aleix Vidal, Wissam Ben Yedder, Andre Silva.
Sevilla Starting XI (3-4-2-1): Tomas Vaclik; Sergi Gomez, Simon Kjaer, Gabriel Mercado; Sergio Escudero, Ever Banega, Roque Mesa, Jesus Navas; Pablo Sarabia, Franco Vazquez; Luis Muriel.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off at the Grand Stade de Tangier, it’s about time we took a look at how the two sides will line up! Let’s start with Sevilla!
Sevilla enter today’s fixture having only been Super Cup champions once in three tries – with their lone victory coming in the form of an upset, beating Real Madrid 6-3 on aggregate in 2007. Last years’ seventh-placed side will be looking to arrest a losing streak against Barcelona in this competition – with the Catalan side handing Sevilla both of their losses - 2010 and 2016.
It should come as no surprise that Barcelona are the competition’s most successful side, winning 12 out of the 22 finals they have been a part of – with last year’s loss to Real Madrid their most recent appearance. Lionel Messi also holds the record of most goals in the Super Cup, scoring 13 times in 17 appearances.
A decision taken by the Spanish Football Federation sees this year’s event will be unlike any other – despite having many previous iterations. President Luis Rubiales has taken the bold decision to host the competition outside of the nation in a one-legged affair, as opposed to the traditional two-legged home-and-home format.
The 32nd annual Spanish Super Cup – in its modern form and nomenclature - will be contested between Barcelona and Sevilla in Tangier, Morocco! Barca were successful in their campaign for domestic honours last year, laying claim to both the LaLiga title and the Copa del Rey which ensured their entry into this season’s showpiece final. Their opposition today - Sevilla - take part as runners-up in the Spanish Cup; a fixture they will no doubt be looking to forget as Messi and company thrashed the Andalusian side 5-0 in the one-sided final.
Good evening and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Spanish Super Cup between Sevilla and Barcelona – from the Grand Stade de Tangier in Tangier, Morocco!