Spanish Supercup: Real Madrid defeats FC Barcelona and reaches the final

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The kick-off of the Spanish Supercup started with a Clasico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia. For his first big meeting against the hereditary enemy, Xavi opted for a 4-3-3 with an offensive line made up of Dembélé, Ferran Torres and De Jong rather attractive on paper. Opposite, Ancelotti responded with too much Asensio-Benzema-Vinicius, which quickly took its marks like the first occasions (3rd, 8th, 19th). The Madrid attack finally found its usual realism with this ball grabbed by Benzema in the feet of Busquets, allowing Vinicius to open the scoring (0-1, 25th). This goal awakened the Catalans, who were illustrated by Luuk de Jong. After two situations that he did not convert, the Dutch equalized successfully on a cross from Dembélé badly returned by Militão (1-1, 41st). This resetting of the counters to zero was not enough for Xavi.

At the break, the technician replaced his striker and Torres for the returning Pedri and Abde Az. The Spanish international was not long in showing himself with this shot out of frame (49th). Dembélé either did not have the sights set (54th), unlike a Benzema. After a first number in the area concluded by a shot on the post (69th), the French gave the advantage to his people, taking advantage of a strong cross from Carvajal simply deflected with his foot by Ter Stegen (1-2, 72nd). This goal, however, coincided with the decline of the Merengues. The entries of Fati, Nico and Depay were also good and it is the first city which jumped higher than everyone on this center of Alba to send the two teams in overtime. Barça seemed in a better position to end this meeting, however, on a magnificent collective movement, Valverde came to conclude closely (2-3, 98th). At the end of their rope, the two teams threw their last strength into the battle, Dembélé (101st) and Ezzalzouli (109th) obtaining the best situations, when Rodrygo missed the match point (119th). Too bad for the Brazilian because Real Madrid won 3-2 and will face Atlético or Athletic in the final.

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