Super Ter Stegen leads Barça to the final

Beautiful semifinal decided in the penalty shootout with the majestic German goalkeeper. De Jong put Barça ahead and tied Oyarzabal with a penalty. Messi did not play due to injury.


In the absence of Messi, Ter Stegen led Barça to lead the Blaugrana team to the final of the Super Cup in which they will wait for the winner of the match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid. The German goalkeeper was the Barcelona fans' guardian angel in the match and in the dramatic penalty shoot-out that qualified a team whose luck is already smiling.

The match started at 12 noon, when Moisés Llorens on ESP announced that Messi was doubtful to play the match. The Argentine stayed at the hotel and was not present at the activation training scheduled by Koeman. He dragged annoyances from the Granada match and Barça, in an already precarious situation from the beginning due to the losses of Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Coutinho and Ansu, he pointed to a 'more difficult still' that would be completed later with the absence of Dest , also touched, of the starting team.

Faced with this precariousness, Real Sociedad, which was missing Elustondo and David Silva, came out to the jugular of Barça from the beginning. By means of suffocating pressure at the outlet of the ball from the Blaugrana, the Basque team played a first quarter of an hour in which they had up to four occasions to open the scoring. The clearest of all, one of Isak in a one-on-one game against Ter Stegen, which the German goalkeeper solved by saving Barça.

The Blaugrana team, orphan of Messi's lighthouse, found the pick to get out of the mess in Dembélé, who as soon as he grabbed the ball was thrown against the realistic defense, who did not see how to conjure up their accelerations. Once it appeared on the right, sometimes on the left, and sometimes in the center. Living off Dembélé, Barcelona was taking his head out of the water and Bratihwaite began to appear both to unload balls and to warn Remiro, the txuri-urdin goalkeeper, that Barça was the rival.

With the match already balanced and the Real tamed after his departure in a whirlwind, Barcelona managed to spin a long possession that began with a recovery by De Jong and culminated with a header from the Dutchman himself in the small area arriving from the second row. The pearl that Barça signed from Ajax has been slow to hatch, but it seems that with Koeman it is finding its place.

But this Barça is a team of ups and downs, as De Jong himself demonstrated at the beginning of the second half when clearing a harmless Real center with his elbow, which became a penalty, which at Oyarzabal's feet is synonymous with a goal . Few players have the security of Eibar from eleven meters, where it is a spectacle. Five minutes after the resumption, the Royal tied and decreed a new game with the strength of the one that comes back.

The match was once again in the hands of the Real and Barça again applied the Dembélé recipe, which was about to unbalance the duel with a shot at 60 minutes, but the duel was heading towards a flash duel in which none of the two teams seemed to gain control of the game. The game hung by a thread and both coaches kept their changes fearing a lengthening.

The first move was from Koeman, who gave entry to Trincāo and Imanol responded with Barrenetxea. Two young band members to change a game that was going to be decided in extra time.

Riqui Puig and Pjanic were Koeman's bets for overtime, while Imanol entered William José and Zaldua. New cards for an exciting game that in the second part of extra time had moments of heart attack in both goals, especially in a free kick from Januzaj to the post after an unlikely flight by Ter Stegen, which completed the miracle in the penalty shoot-out that certified Riqui Puig.

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