Barcelona needed penalties and Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s outstanding saves to see off Real Sociedad in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup.
Barcelona edge Real Sociedad in shootout to reach Super Cup final. (Reuters Photo)
- Barcelona booked their place in the final of the Spanish Super Cup
- Riqui Puig struck the final penalty to send Barcelona’s into Sunday’s final
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a series of outstanding saves for Barcelona
Barcelona reached the final of the Spanish Super Cup after defeating Real Sociedad 3-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time on Wednesday. Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two crucial saves in extra time and then stopped two penalties in the shootout to help Barcelona win on Thursday.
Riqui Puig scored the decisive penalty to send a Lionel Messi less Barcelona into Sunday’s final after De Jong put the Catalan giants ahead with a skillful header in the 39th minute of a highly entertaining contest. Notably, Lionel Messi missed Barcelona’s clash against Real Sociedad in Super Cup due to an injury.
“This is what I am always looking for, to play at 100 percent,” Ter Stegen said. “I am very happy and proud of the team for the huge effort we made, and I think we deserved the victory.”
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Puig came off the bench against Sociedad on Wednesday for just his seventh appearance of the season, all of which have come as a substitute.
“When I grabbed the ball, I knew it was going in. And I shot it with all my confidence,” said Puig, who added that he hoped to play more. “Even if I don’t play that much, I have my family and my health. I won’t give up now after spending so many years to reach the first team. I won’t give up now.”
The win comes with Barcelona on the rise in the Spanish league after a difficult transition following the arrival of Koeman and the club’s overhaul of its squad.
Defending champions Real Madrid face Athletic Bilbao for a spot in the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.