Barcelona wins UEFA Super Cup

Following the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League triumphs last season, Barca beat Sevilla 5-4 in extra time in this year’s entertaining UEFA Super Cup, played in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Ever Banega had given the Europa League winners Sevilla the lead with a free-kick after three minutes of play before Lionel Messi stamped his mark on the game with two stunning free-kicks in the 7th and 16th minutes.

On the brink of halftime, Luis Suarez played in Rafinha for the third goal and scored the fourth himself shortly after the interval.

Sevilla however, under the management of Unai Emery, who had never beaten Barca in eight years in charge of Almeria, Valencia and now his current club, mounted a spirited comeback.

Jose Antonio Reyes got Sevilla back in the game early in the second half, before Kevin Gameiro closed the deficit to one with a penalty in the 72nd minute after Jeremy Mathieu had brought down Vitolo. Then, late on, Ciro Immobile squared a ball for his fellow substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka, who slipped it into the empty net to make it 4-4 and send the game to extra time.

In the second half of extra time, Lionel Messi won a soft free kick in the 115th minute. His initial shot was blocked by an arm and his rebound parried by goalkeeper Beto, but then Pedro, benched for the match and rumoured to be on his way out to Manchester United, smashed the loose ball into the top of the net to finally decide the game.

Pedro also came off the bench in the 2009 Super Cup final against Shakhtar Donetsk to score in the 115th minute and secure a 1-0 victory for Barca after they had won their first treble.

Barcelona have now won their fourth trophy in 2015 and are on the verge of repeating their 2009 triumph under Pep Guardiola of winning a sextuple. Next up for the Spanish giants is a two-legged encounter with Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup, with the first leg to be played on Friday 14th August and the return leg at Nou Camp on the 17th of August, 2015.

 

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