Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two essential saves in additional time after which stopped two penalties within the shootout Wednesday to assist a Barcelona facet with out Lionel Messi beat Actual Sociedad and attain the ultimate of the Spanish Tremendous Cup.
Ter Stegen blocked penalties by Jon Bautista and Mikel Oyarzabal within the shootout earlier than Barcelona substitute Riqui Puig transformed the successful spot kick after the sport had ended 1-1.
The German goalkeeper additionally made two very good saves within the remaining minutes of additional time, stretching to cease two goal-bound strikes by substitute Adnan Januzaj.
“That is what I’m all the time searching for, to play at 100 p.c,” Ter Stegen stated. “I’m very completely happy and pleased with the staff for the large effort we made, and I believe we deserved the victory.”
Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann missed their penalties for Barcelona, which had began sturdy due to Ter Stegen’s preliminary saves within the shootout, earlier than Puig clinched the win along with his decisive effort. Ousmane Dembele and Miralem Pjanic additionally transformed theirs for the Catalan membership.
De Jong put Barcelona forward with a skillful header within the 39th minute of a extremely entertaining contest between two of probably the most engaging and proficient assaults in Spain.
Oyarzabal equalized from the spot after De Jong used his arm to chop off a move within the space within the 51st. However when the Spain striker went again to the spot within the shootout, Ter Stegen held his floor till smothering his effort, ending Oyarzabal’s streak of 16 transformed spot kicks in a row.
“Anybody who likes soccer, loved this match,” Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil stated. “There are some losses that harm however that assist your develop, particularly for a younger staff like ours. Soccer generally owes you one, and now I believe we now have one coming again.”
Puig, who has struggled to get enjoying time for the reason that arrival of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman final summer season, went on at first of additional time.
When the staff huddled earlier than the shootout, the 21-year-old Puig raised his hand when Koeman requested who wished to take the fifth and remaining kick.
“After I grabbed the ball, I knew it was getting into. And I shot it with all my confidence,” stated Puig, who added that he hoped to play extra. “Even when I don’t play that a lot, I’ve my household and my well being. I received’t surrender now after spending so a few years to succeed in the primary staff. I received’t surrender now.”
The win comes with Barcelona on the rise within the Spanish league after a troublesome transition following the arrival of Koeman and the membership’s overhaul of its squad.
Middle again Ronald Araújo excelled once more enjoying for the injured Gerard Pique, whereas Óscar Mingueza impressed in his first match at right-back.
“When you think about all of the gamers we now have injured, you will need to see how others have stepped up,” Koeman stated.
Messi watched the match from the stands within the intense chilly at Córdoba’s Nuevo Arcángel Stadium. He had been substituted early in Barcelona’s Four-Zero win at Granada on Saturday. He additionally missed a 1-1 draw with Eibar two weeks in the past as a result of a proper ankle drawback.
Barcelona will face the winner of the opposite semifinal between Actual Madrid and Athletic Bilbao to be performed in Granada on Thursday.
Koeman stated the membership would “have to attend over the following days to see if (Messi) is in situation to play” the ultimate in Seville on Sunday.
The Tremendous Cup was moved to southern Spain after the coronavirus pandemic stopped it from being held in Saudi Arabia for a second straight 12 months as deliberate.
(With inputs from AP).