Barcelona lifted the Spanish Super Cup for a record broadening thirteenth time by fighting against eminent loss to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday on account of a shocking strike from France winger Ousmane Dembele and a punishment spare in stoppage time from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Ruler’s Cup sprinters up Sevilla took an unexpected lead in the conventional window ornament raiser to the season against Barcelona when Pablo Sarabia let go home in the ninth moment after Luis Muriel had fueled his way through the Barca protection.
The video aide arbitrator (VAR) was utilized without precedent for Spanish soccer to grant the objective, which had at first been managed offside.
Gerard Pique leveled for Barca in the blink of an eye before halftime by jumping on the bounce back after Lionel Messi’s free kick had ricocheted off the post, while Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez looked a header off the crossbar in the second half in Tangier, Morocco.
The opposition, which jettisoned its conventional two-legged organization and was additionally played outside Spain out of the blue, hoped to be set out toward additional time until the point that Dembele let fly from outside the region and his shot pounded in off the crossbar in the 78th moment.
“It was an extremely troublesome diversion since we surrendered early and we needed to battle back. A great deal of players have just as of late returned from breaks and that inflicted significant damage,” Barca mentor Ernesto Valverde told correspondents.
“We developed as the diversion went on. It was an energizing diversion and they additionally had their odds. It’s great to win since it gives you confidence in what you are doing and it enables you to begin the season on the front foot.”
Sevilla had a brilliant late opportunity to compel additional time when previous Barca player Aleix Vidal was fouled by Ter Stegen in the 89th moment, however substitute Wissam Ben Yedder struck his punishment delicately along the ground and the transcending German goalkeeper easily got the ball.
“My group merit a ton of credit for demonstrating that we have soul and boldness after Dembele’s incredible objective and did we win a punishment as well as swarmed everywhere on their objective,” said Sevilla mentor Pablo Machin.
“It harms a great deal to lose a trophy like this yet when your group contends until the point that the end and shows soul as they did today around evening time you can’t request substantially more.”
Barca’s new skipper Messi lifted his first bit of flatware since acquiring the armband from previous midfielder Andres Iniesta, and the Argentine additionally overwhelmed the Spaniard as Barca’s most enriched player with 33 trophies to his name.