Barcelona booked their place within the last of the Spanish Super Cup after overcoming the absence of injured Lionel Messi to beat Real Sociedad 3-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after additional time on Wednesday.
Barca midfielder Riqui Puig saved his cool to deceive keeper Alex Remiro and rating the decisive fifth penalty, sending the Catalans into Sunday’s last in Seville, after staff mates Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong had squandered their spot-kicks.
Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal, Willian Jose and Jon Bautista had failed to attain their kicks after the Basque aspect got here near discovering a successful purpose in an exhilarating interval of additional time following an unremarkable 90 minutes.
De Jong headed Barca in entrance within the thirty ninth minute after good hyperlink up play between Martin Braithwaite and Griezmann however the Dutchman dedicated a handball early within the second half and Sociedad’s Oyarzabal levelled from the spot.
Holders Real Madrid meet Athletic Bilbao on Thursday within the different semi-last of the competitors, which is being held throughout southern Spain after preliminary plans to play it in Saudi Arabia had been wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic.
Messi missed Barca’s heat-up session on the morning of the sport on account of thigh discomfort and Braithwaite took his place up entrance, whereas younger central defender Oscar Mingueza got here in at proper again to deputise for Sergino Dest, who was not absolutely match.
Sociedad, who made a blistering begin to the La Liga season however have since light, ran their hearts out to maintain Barca at bay in a decent match earlier than the sport break up in additional time, when each side got here near discovering a winner.
Griezmann volleyed straight at Remiro, whereas Ousmane Dembele was additionally thwarted by the keeper, whereas Barca’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced two beautiful saves to disclaim Joseba Zaldua and Adnan Januzaj.
Barca have received the Super Cup a file 13 instances however misplaced to Atletico Madrid on the semi-last stage of final yr’s competitors and coach Ernesto Valverde was sacked consequently, regardless of the staff then sitting high of La Liga.