Real Madrid suffered to beat Barcelona 3-2 in extra time, this Wednesday in Riyadh, and get into the final of the Spain Supercup, where he awaits his rival, who will come out of Thursday’s duel between Athletic Bilbao and Atlético de Madrid.
The whites will look for their twelfth trophy at the King Fahd International in Riyadh on Sunday after overcoming a demanding classic, against a Barcelona that improved with the recovery of troops, the debut of Ferran Torres and the reappearances of Pedri and Ansu Fati.
The white forcefulness in the offensive facet was too much for a Barça that did not exist until half an hour into the game and then completed the remaining 90 minutes that confirmed in a first level challenge that the arrival of Xavi Hernández on the bench has changed its face.
Real Madrid became the owner of the danger as soon as the match began, based on fluid transitions that had Marco Asensio and Vinícius Júnior as finishers.
Barça, on the other hand, did not manage to worry Thibaut Courtois until the 18th minute, when Dani Alves found a white wall when shooting from the edge of the box.
Real Madrid’s reply was lethal. Another quick counterattack, this one commanded by Karim Benzema, connected with the feet of Vinicius Junior, who won the race against Ronald Araujo before defining by high against Ter Stegen.
But, despite White’s clear dominance on the pitch and in the stands, Barcelona overcame the blow and already had two chances to equalize around half an hour through headers from a reborn Luke de Jong that ended up in the hands of Thibaut Courtois.
It was an omen. When the first half died, the Dutchman scored for the third consecutive game thanks to his instinct to put his foot on a rebound from Eder Militao inside the area, thus achieving a tie that at that time did not reflect the merits made by the two teams.
Pedri had the opportunity to turn the scoreboard around with a shot from the edge of the box that skimmed the right post of Courtois’s goal in the first interesting play of the second half.
Barça had become a very different one from the first half, dismantling Madrid, and shortly after Dembélé did not sing the goal for a breath.
The good news for the azulgranas continued with the reappearance of Ansu Fati, who had not played since he was injured on November 6, to play the last 25 minutes of regulation time, in which he would once again be decisive.
But first a superlative appeared Benzema. In the 69th minute, he crashed a shot into the post and, in the 72nd minute, he was attentive inside the area to make it 1-2 after a rebound from Ter Stegen to Carvajal’s cross.
And again Barcelona grew after a goal against. Ansu Fati, who has a gift in front of goal that not even serious injuries have usurped him, returned equality with a header to the center of Jordi Alba with seven minutes to go, enough time for Dembélé to have a one-on-one with Courtois, who He became great against the Frenchman and sent the semifinal to extra time.
Barça showed up in extra time with a 2-2 lead, feeling that for the first time in a long time they were not inferior to a top level rival.
But that was not enough to prevent Real Madrid from getting back on the scoreboard with another transition that ended ‘Fede’ Valverde in the 98th minute with a veteran’s calm.
Xavi Hernández’s men continued without giving up and had a triple chance to beat Courtois upon reaching the 100th minute. Sergio Busquets, Dembélé and Pedri stayed on the verge of the long-awaited draw.
Also Ansu Fati with an agonizing attempt at a Chilean. Rodrygo wasn’t right for Real Madrid either, although he didn’t need it to seal their qualification for the final.
2 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dani Alves (Nico González, min. 78), Araujo, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Gavi (Memphis, min. 78), Frenkie de Jong (Pedri, min. 46); Ferran Torres (Ez Abde, min. 46; Jutglà, min. 110), Dembélé and Luuk de Jong (Ansu Fati, min. 66).
3RealMadrid: Courtois; Carvajal (Lucas Vázquez, min. 91), Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric (Valverde, min. 82); Asensio (Rodrygo, min. 68), Vinícius (Camavinga, min. 110) and Benzema.
Goals: 0-1: Vinícius Junior, min.24; 1-1: Luuk de Jong, min.42; 1-2: Karim Benzema, min.72. 2-2: Ansu Fati, min.83. 2-3: ‘Fat’ Valverde, min.98.