Barca lift Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save

13 August, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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"Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's announcement 24 hours before the Super Cup", Sevilla said in a statement.

Sunday's Spanish Super Cup final may not go ahead after Sevilla threatened to pull out of the match if Barcelona field more than three non-EU players.

The video assistant referee (VAR) was used for the first time in Spanish soccer to award the goal, which had initially been ruled offside.

Gerard Pique, who announced his worldwide retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick. It was a very hard match because we started off by falling behind and we had to mount a comeback.

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'We need a bit of shooting practice, but we are happy because in spite of everything, we have beaten a great rival, ' Valverde told the club's official website. He skilfully evaded his markers to get into good positions and strung together some silky passes that his teammates let go begging. "It's good to win because it gives you belief in what you are doing and it allows you to start the season on the front foot".

The drama continued throughout the match, with Sevilla having plenty of chances to find a second goal, but a missed penalty from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder in the 90th minute secured the win for Barca.

"It hurts a lot to lose a trophy like this but when your team competes until the end and shows spirit like they did tonight you can't ask for much more".

However, Messi still has a little work to do before he can claim to be the most decorated player of all time in terms of honours won overall (i.e. with both club and country).

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