Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 1

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rafinha (Rakitic 46‘), Busquets, Arthur (Coutinho 53‘); Messi, Luis Suárez, Dembélé (Arturo Vidal 86’). 4-3-3.
Sevilla: Vaclik; Mercado (Ben Yedder 85’), Kjaer, Sergi Gómez; Jesús Navas, Banega, Roque, Escudero; Sarabia (Aleix Vidal 71’), Franco Vázquez; Muriel (André Silva 60‘). 3-4-2-1.

0-1. 09. Sarabia. Latched on to Muriel pass and curled shot past Ter Stegen.
1-1. 42. Pique. Following up after Vaclik pushed Messi free kick on to post.
2-1. 78. Dembélé. Shot from outside of area which went in off crossbar.

Yellow cards: Busquets 16‘, Roque 69’, Ter Stegen 89’, Aleix Vidal 93’.

Barcelona came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 in this season’s Spanish Super Cup, the thirteenth time they have won the tournament. For the first time ever this was played outside of Spain, the venue being Tangiers, Morocco, and also for the first time it was played over one leg rather than two. The new VAR system was also making its debut in Spanish competitions, and it only took eight minutes before it came into action, Sarabia’s opener originally ruled out for offside before the video evidence proved otherwise. Barcelona were level at the break though, Piqué turning in the rebound after Vaclik pushed a Messi free kick onto the post, and with twelve minutes to go Dembélé caught out the keeper with a long shot which went in off the crossbar. Pablo Machin’s team did have a chance to take the game into extra time when Ter Stegen gave away a late penalty on ex team-mate Aleix Vidal, but the German keeper guessed correctly and saved Ben Yedder’s spot kick.