Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two essential saves in further time after which stopped two penalties within the shootout Wednesday to assist a Barcelona facet with out Lionel Messi beat Actual Sociedad and attain the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
Ter Stegen blocked penalties by Jon Bautista and Mikel Oyarzabal within the shootout earlier than Barcelona substitute Riqui Puig transformed the successful spot kick after the sport had ended 1-1.
The German goalkeeper additionally made two excellent saves within the final minutes of additional time, stretching to cease two goal-bound strikes by substitute Adnan Januzaj.
“That is what I’m all the time on the lookout for, to play at 100%,” Ter Stegen stated. “I’m very completely happy and happy with the staff for the large effort we made, and I feel we deserved the victory.”
Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann missed their penalties for Barcelona, which had began robust thanks to Ter Stegen’s preliminary saves within the shootout, earlier than Puig clinched the win together with his decisive effort. Ousmane Dembele and Miralem Pjanic additionally transformed theirs for the Catalan membership.
De Jong put Barcelona forward with a skillful header within the thirty ninth minute of a extremely entertaining contest between two of essentially the most enticing and gifted assaults in Spain.
Oyarzabal equalized from the spot after De Jong used his arm to lower off a cross within the space within the 51st. However when the Spain striker went again to the spot within the shootout, Ter Stegen held his floor till smothering his effort, ending Oyarzabal’s streak of 16 transformed spot kicks in a row.
“Anybody who likes soccer, loved this match,” Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil stated. “There are some losses that damage however that assist your develop, particularly for a younger staff like ours. Soccer typically owes you one, and now I feel we have now one coming again.”
Puig, who has struggled to get taking part in time for the reason that arrival of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman final summer time, went on initially of additional time.
When the staff huddled earlier than the shootout, the 21-year-old Puig raised his hand when Koeman requested who needed to take the fifth and final kick.
“After I grabbed the ball, I knew it was getting in. And I shot it with all my confidence,” stated Puig, who added that he hoped to play extra. “Even when I don’t play that a lot, I’ve my household and my well being. I received’t quit now after spending so a few years to attain the primary staff. I received’t quit now.”
The win comes with Barcelona on the rise within the Spanish league after a troublesome transition following the arrival of Koeman and the membership’s overhaul of its squad.
Middle again Ronald Araújo excelled once more taking part in for the injured Gerard Pique, whereas Óscar Mingueza impressed in his first match at right-back.
“For those who think about all of the gamers we have now injured, it’s important to see how others have stepped up,” Koeman stated.
Messi watched the match from the stands within the intense chilly at Córdoba’s Nuevo Arcángel Stadium. He had been substituted early in Barcelona’s 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday. He additionally missed a 1-1 draw with Eibar two weeks in the past due to a proper ankle downside.
Barcelona will face the winner of the opposite semifinal between Actual Madrid and Athletic Bilbao to be performed in Granada on Thursday.
Koeman stated the membership would “have to wait over the following days to see if (Messi) is in situation to play” the final in Seville on Sunday.
The Super Cup was moved to southern Spain after the coronavirus pandemic stopped it from being held in Saudi Arabia for a second straight yr as deliberate.
(With inputs from AP).