Barcelona go through to the Supercopa de Espana final after beating Real Sociedad 3-2 on penalties, after a 1-1 stalemate, at the Nuevo Arcangel on Wednesday night.
It was Real Socieded who started the better as they had several chances to score in the opening 20, most notably an Aleksander Isak one on one chance saved brilliantly by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
However with just under half an hour gone, Barcelona found their feet and started to see the lion’s share of the ball. Martin Braithwaite failed to convert two half chances, before finding Antoine Griezmann who delightfully set up Frenkie de Jong to head home from close range.
The second half started much brighter than the first and, within five minutes of the restart, De Jong handled a Mikel Oyarzabal cross in the area, for which the referee awarded a penalty. Oyarzabal stepped up and converted calmly past Ter Stegen.
Ter Stegen was called into action just four minutes into the first period of extra time, forced into a spectacular save from an Andoni Gorosabel piledriver. La Blaugrana then saw opportunities for Dembele and Griezmann go begging either side of the extra time break, thanks to crucial saves from Merino. Real Sociedad’s Adnan Januzaj then had his close range effort brilliantly pushed behind by Ter Stegen, before seeing his 30-yard free kick miraculously tipped onto the post by the German goalkeeper in the final five minutes, taking the match to penalties.
After Ter Stegen saved Real Sociedad’s first two penalties, it was eventually substitute Riqui Puig who converted the winning penalty to secure his side’s place in the Supercopa final.
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