Ter Stegen leads Barcelona to the final in the absence of Messi


Ricky Puig took the decisive penalty for Barcelona to book his place in the final next Sunday, after he missed Antoine Griezmann Frenkie de Jong was a penalty shootout, as Mikel Uiarzabal, Willian Jose and John Bautista failed to score for Sociedad.

Barcelona led de Jong in the 39th minute after a wonderful cooperation between Martin Braithwaite and Griezmann, but the Dutch player caused a penalty kick right after the break, so Uierzabal equalized.

The defending champions Real Madrid play against Athletic Bilbao In the other confrontation of the semi-final tomorrow, Thursday, where the championship will be held in southern Spain instead of Saudi Arabia due to the Corona virus pandemic.

“I had four players to take the penalty shootout, and I asked who would take the fifth and Ricky said he would take it,” Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said.

He added, “It was a great match and the two teams performed well. It was enthusiastic and there were opportunities for the two teams to win the match.”

Uyarzabal said he was proud of what Sociedad did over the course of 120 minutes, but admitted that losing on penalties was “very painful”.

Messi was absent due to a thigh problem and Braithwaite participated in his place, as young defender Oscar Mengesa participated in the right-back position after the absence of Serginho Dest, who is not ready.

Sociedad, who started the season spectacularly but then pulled back, gave everything to keep their nets tied up and each side had a chance to clinch victory in overtime.

Griezmann hit a direct ball in the hand of Remiro, who dismissed Osman Dembli while he was saved Marc-Andre ter Stegen Barcelona goal from the attempts of Josepa Zaldoa and Adnan Januzay.

Barcelona won the Super Cup 13 times, a record, but lost to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of last year, then coach Ernesto Valverde was sacked due to poor results despite the league lead at that time.


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