Ter Stegen 10/10, Araujo 9/10 as Messi-less Barca attain Supercopa last

Ter Stegen 10/10, Araujo 9/10 as Messi-less Barca attain Supercopa last

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was the hero as Barcelona wanted a penalty shootout to beat Actual Sociedad (1-1) on Wednesday and e-book their place within the last of the Spanish Supercopa.

Riqui Puig scored the successful penalty to arrange a gathering with Actual Madrid or Athletic Bilbao on Sunday however solely after a sensational efficiency from Ter Stegen. Frenkie de Jong had given Barca the lead within the first half however Mikel Oyarzabal’s second-half penalty, awarded for a handball by De Jong, took the sport into extra-time.

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La Actual had been the higher aspect within the extra 30 minutes, however Ter Stegen made three gorgeous saves to take the sport to penalties, the place he saved out spot-kicks from Oyarzabal and Jon Bautista.

De Jong hit the publish for Barca and Griezmann blazed over however after Ousmane Dembele and Miralem Pjanic transformed, Puig stepped as much as rating the decisive penalty.

Positives

Ronald Koeman will not get pleasure from seeing his aspect having to defend a lot however he may have been happy by the efficiency delivered by Ronald Araujo. The Uruguayan was sensible, second solely to Ter Stegen, as Barca saved La Actual at bay in an open sport. Puig, whose minutes have been restricted this season, will take confidence from stroking dwelling the successful spot-kick, too.

The win means Barca will have the ability to win their first piece of silverware on Sunday, which may show a springboard for his or her stuttering season.

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Negatives

The unhealthy information arrived earlier than kick-off with Lionel Messi not deemed match sufficient to even make the bench and Sergino Dest unable to begin as a result of he was carrying a slight knock.

As for the sport, Barca struggled to manage the match like they’ve accomplished in latest weeks and drained because the minutes handed. There may be nonetheless loads of room for enchancment. The very fact they needed to play 120 minutes, too, in an already packed season wasn’t ideally suited.

Supervisor score out of 10

6 — Koeman was lacking 5 gamers by damage so his palms had been tied to a sure diploma however he may have made adjustments earlier to attempt to keep away from extra-time.

Participant scores (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)

GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 10 — Wasn’t overworked in regular time however produced three gorgeous saves in extra-time, the primary from Joseba Zaldua after which two from Adnan Januzaj, the second of which was distinctive. Then got here the penalty heroics.

DF Oscar Mingueza, 7 — Confirmed his versatility by changing Dest at right-back. Proving a very good defender to have within the squad.

DF Ronald Araujo, 9 — Maybe his finest efficiency in a Barca shirt but. Sturdy and fast throughout the bottom and dominant within the air in opposition to a La Actual aspect who posed loads of issues.

DF Clement Lenglet, 7 — Has benefitted from Araujo’s type and improved in latest video games following a tricky spell earlier this season when he made a variety of errors.

DF Jordi Alba, 6 — Did OK defensively however did not contribute as he normally does in assault.

MF Sergio Busquets, 8 — What he lacked in his legs he made up for positionally, studying the sport splendidly to snuff out a number of Sociedad assaults.

MF Frenkie de Jong, 8 — Continued his high-quality latest type with one other continuous show in midfield. Received right into a ridiculous place to attach with Griezmann’s cross to open the scoring and was unfortunate to offer away the penalty for handball.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was the hero as Barcelona edged Actual Sociedad on penalties to succeed in the ultimate of the Spanish Supercopa. Picture by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Photos

MF Pedri, 7 — Has already made himself undroppable. So smooth on the ball as soon as once more, he was simply lacking Messi’s presence, who he is linked so nicely with in latest weeks.

FW Ousmane Dembele, 7 — Onerous to recall a sport when he noticed a lot of the ball. Was reckless with it at occasions however saved asking for it and at all times seemed a risk when operating on the opposition. Wasted a few good assaults in extra-time.

FW Antoine Griezmann, 6 — Labored exhausting and arrange De Jong’s header however Koeman may have wished him to be more practical within the last third. The much less stated about his penalty the higher.

FW Martin Braithwaite, 6 — Did nicely within the build-up to De Jong’s objective and labored the road tirelessly earlier than coming off with 15 minutes to go in regular time.

Substitutes

FW Francisco Trincao, 6 — Regarded to open the sport up by taking on gamers however usually lacked help.

MF Riqui Puig, 6 — Confidently scored the successful penalty after being introduced on for extra-time.

MF Miralem Pjanic, 6 — Like Puig, netted from the spot after coming on for extra-time.

DF Junior Firpo, N/R — Handed a couple of minutes late on instead of Mingueza.

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