In the next elections to the presidency of Barcelona, the winning candidate must ensure the continuity of Messi and also that of Ter Stegen. The German goalkeeper is, along with the Argentine, the club’s greatest asset. Life insurance. Thanks to him, Barça can win the Spain Supercup, the first title of the ‘Koeman era’ after a blank 2019/20. In the Nuevo Arcángel, Ter Stegen saved the Catalans in regulation time, but especially in extra time and in the de penaltis sign. He guessed four and stopped two, two specialists like Bautista and Oyarzabal. Too cruel an end for Real Sociedad, which had put Barcelona on the ropes for much of the semifinal.
In the second leg of the txuriurdin-azulgrana rivalry this season Imanol Sheriff He proved to have taken good marks on the first stake. It is true that Koeman was missing Messi, the queen of the board, and that conditions completely, but the Gipuzkoan coach arranged the chips better. His Real Sociedad is planted in a 5-4-1 that in theory could seem defensive, but in practice it turned out precisely the opposite. He pressed the San Sebastian team to the open grave, without granting a meter, even with a marking to the man, and thus put Barcelona in trouble.
The blood did not reach the river because the Real lacked aim and above all because Ter Stegen saved the clearest. When after the quarter of an hour Isak faced him in one for one, the German goal pounced on his feet and firmly blocked the Swede’s Vaseline attempt. Before he had already caught a Le Normand header from Oyarzabal’s corner kick and later, already at the edge of the break, he would clear his fists from a distant shot from Isak that was poisoning himself.
Remiro, Gorosabel (Zaldua, min. 91, Bautista, min. 120)), Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal, Guridi (Barrenetxea, min. 81), Guevara (Zubimendi, min. 106), Merino, Portu (Januzaj, min . 103), Isak (Willian José, min. 91) and Oyarzabal.
Ter Stegen, Mingueza (Junior Firpo, min. 114), Araujo, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Busquets (Pjanic, min. 91), De Jong, Dembélé, Pedri (Riqui Puig, min. 91), Griezmann and Braithwaite (Trincao, min 78).
0-1: min. 39, De Jong. 1-1: min. 21, Oyarzabal, from a penalty.
0-0, Bautista, for Ter Stegen; 0-0, De Jong, to the post; 0-0, Oyarzabal, for Ter Stegen: 0-1, Dembélé; 0-1, Willian José, to the post; 0-2, Pjanic; 1-2, Mikel Merino; 1-2, Griezmann, high; 2-2, Januzaj; 2-3, Rique Puig.
Munuera Montero (Andalusian Committee): He showed the realist Le Normand and Barça Dembélé and Mingueza yellow.
First semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup, played without an audience at the Nuevo Arcángel de Córdoba.
By then Barcelona was already winning, which overcame the great start of the Real. In the absence of Messi, Dembélé rebelled against the txuriurdin domain. Cheeky as always, successful as not so usual, the Frenchman stretched the Catalans with a dribble. After 25 minutes submitted, Barça took over the game. Pedri, who insistently knocks on the national team’s door, and Frenkie de Jong, who has finally become the leader of the midfield who came from Ajax in 2019, grew up there.
As the first half progressed, the Catalan team enjoyed their first chances. A shot from Dembélé, another distant attempt from Lenglet, a faulty volley from Alba and a pair of arrivals from Braithwaite. A header from this to the center of Mingueza counted as the clearest of Barça, but it was 0-1. Accomplished in his role as buoy man, Braithwaite pocketed the ball inside the area and with his back, with a defender on the hump, he put it in Griezmann’s run towards the baseline. The Frenchman took the center out first and De Jong nodded him foreshortened. Honors for Griezmann, who with five goal passes equals Alba as the top assistant, and also for De Jong, who adds his third goal of the season, and one more of those he scored last year.
The 0-1 punished Real Sociedad, which had been better for much of the first half, but it would not last. Upon returning from the changing rooms, the San Sebastian team returned brave as in the initial section and this time it did win a prize. Not five minutes had elapsed when, after a great collective action, Oyarzabal put a bad cross that De Jong intercepted with his elbow. Willfully. Incomprehensibly. Penalty and tie again, infallible Oyarzabal.
La Real, better in overtime
The proposal of Imanol Alguacil inevitably granted space for the backlash. In the play after 1-1, De Jong was about to penalize the risk txuriurdin. He did well to uncheck the back of the defense and cut short, although he fell asleep with everything in favor in front of Remiro and when he went to define he ended up kicking Gorosabel. Later, also in transition, Dembélé stayed close to the goal with a left-footed shot. In the final stretch, fatigue took its toll on both teams. In general, they commanded the imprecision and the fear of losing the game before extra time. Merino almost avoided it in the last minute, but his header in a corner ran into Mingueza’s back.
The physicist gave for what he gave and there was a half hour of errors and few occasions. However, not everything like that and the goalkeepers became decisive in overtime. Remiro, taking a shot from Griezmann point-blank. Ter Stegen, with a long shot from Zaldua, a saving hand in a very dangerous boarding school of Januzaj and a scandalous little dove at hand changed in the absence of Januzaj himself, the best revulsive of the Real.
The penalty shoot-out once again raised Ter Stegen, who saved the first two from Bautista and Oyarzabal, guessed Willian José’s that went to the post and Januzaj’s goal. Thus he saved the errors of De Jong, who threw the post, and Griezmann, who sent her to the clouds. Dembélé and Pjanic did not fail and Riqui Puig, which hardly counts for Koeman, marked the decisive to give the Dutch coach his first final.