Barcelona beat Real Betis 4-2 on penalties following a draw at full-time. Marc Andre Ter-Stegen the hero for La Blaugrana
Supercopa de Espana finalists have been confirmed. FC Barcelona face Real Madrid in another El Clasico showdown this Sunday. Barcelona, who had almost 80% of the ball in the first 20 minutes as Gavi and Pedri controlled the game, dominated the initial exchanges as was to be expected.
In the 23rd minute, Pedri thought he had scored the opening goal after latching onto a chip from Raphinha and scoring past Claudio Bravo, but VAR ruled Raphinha in an offside position.
Real Betis awakened by the offside goal almost responded immediately through Nabil Fekir but his effort was tame and Ter Stegen palmed clear. In the 40th minute, Robert Lewandowski found the back of the net. 1-0 Barca!
Dembele with the sublime through ball and Lewandowski scoring off his own rebound off the Betis goalkeeper. Right before half time Betis almost equalized through Luis Enrique, whose effort was saved by Ter Stegen.
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Jordi Alba’s wonderful low cross into the box at the beginning of the second half gave Barcelona a golden opportunity to make it 2-0. Lewandowski, who was unmarked, was the first to swing wildly at the cross before Raphinha followed suit as the goal grew closer.
That second goal would be scored in the 77th minute, thanks to Nabil Fekir. After some clever hold-up play inside the Barca penalty area from Henrique, the French forward would tie the score at 1-1 by hammering the ball into the bottom right corner.
Three minutes later, Lewandowski thought he had won it for La Blaugrana but his goal was ruled off for offside by Ferran Torres in the build-up. 1-1 at fulltime.
Barca scored almost immediately after the game began in extra time, and what a goal it was. Ansu Fati, off the bench, saw a deflected cross loop high in the air all the way to the outside of the penalty area, where he brilliantly volleyed it with one stroke of his boot into the bottom right corner.
Amazingly, the scoring didn’t stop there as Real Betis scored the most outrageous goal to tie the score in the 100th minute. The goal was scored by Loren Moron, who deftly handled a Henrique cross into his midriff while fending off Araujo, then backheeled past both his defender and ter-Stegen to make the score 2-2.
Willian Jose, Lewandowski, Moron, and Kessie all coolly converted their penalty kicks in the shootout until Juanmi made the first error.
Prior to William Carvalho’s penalty being saved by ter Stegen, Ansu Fati would score to give Barca the advantage in the shootout.
When Pedri successfully converted his penalty to advance Barca to the Supercopa de Espana final, Barcelona emerged as the winners setting up an El Clasico Supercopa de Espana clash this Sunday.