Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Barcelona win Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save

New Barcelona signing Arturo Vidal centre alongside Barcelona's third vice president Jordi Mestre left and sports manager Eric Abidal at his unveiling earlier this month. EPA Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona
Chelsea Rogers | 13 August, 2018, 18:27

Though Barcelona do have Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi who hail from outside of the European Union, all three have European Union citizenship with Coutinho recently gaining a Portuguese passport according to reports.

Dembele scored the victor in the 78th minute after Gerard Pique had cancelled out Pablo Sarabia's opener as Barca beat Sevilla 2-1 in Tangier, Morocco.

Suarez had a golden chance to level the scores late in the first period when he found space inside the box, but the Uruguay worldwide missed the far post as Sevilla kept their one-goal lead in tact.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when he saved a penalty kick from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder in the 89th after Ter Stegen fouled former Barcelona forward Aleix Vidal.

Pablo Sarabia put Sevilla ahead when the video assistant referee gave a goal which had been ruled out for offside.

Franco Vazquez then headed an Ever Banega corner onto the crossbar moments later as Sevilla came within inches of taking the lead in Morocco once again.

Barcelona levelled a minute before the break, when Gerard Pique turned in the rebound after Lionel Messi's free-kick hit a post.

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It follows a summer in which Dembele has regularly been mentioned as a potential departure from the Nou Camp. Barcelona picked up an unprecedented 13th Supercup trophy to start off the 2018/19 campaign on a positive note.

"I think that Sevilla are professionals and we are professionals".

It had been thought the Spanish Super Cup was the same but Sevilla said they would object to "an improper line-up".

MF Arturo Vidal, N/R - Came on for match-winner Dembele in the 86th minute to make his debut but had no time to have any impact.

Sevilla qualified for the match as last season's Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.

Usually a two-legged affair, the match will be settled after just one for the first time on Sunday.

Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's announcement 24 hours before the Super Cup. In their last statement for the 2018-2019 season, only three were due to be allowed, without exception.

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