Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s heroics ensured Barcelona edged previous Actual Sociedad on penalties on Wednesday to succeed in the Spanish Tremendous Cup closing, with out the injured Lionel Messi.
Messi was watching on as Ter Stegen did his greatest to fill the void in Cordoba, the goalkeeper immense each within the shoot-out and through regular time, which had completed 1-1.
Frenkie de Jong’s header was cancelled out by a penalty from Mikel Oyarzabal, who then missed within the shoot-out, one in all two essential saves made by Ter Stegen earlier than 21-year-old Riqui Puig hit the profitable shot.
Barca advance to satisfy both Actual Madrid or Athletic Bilbao within the closing on Sunday, when Messi is anticipated to be accessible once more, along with his damage not regarded as severe.
That is the second yr of the Spanish Tremendous Cup’s new format, which has 4 groups enjoying one another in a semi-final and closing.
Athletic Bilbao and Actual Sociedad joined after reaching the ultimate of final season’s Copa del Rey, which continues to be to be performed, whereas Barcelona completed runners-up to Madrid in La Liga.
But whereas final season’s model controversially befell in Saudi Arabia, the pandemic means this yr’s semis are in Cordoba and Malaga, with the ultimate to be performed in Seville.
Barca have been the higher facet within the first half however had Ter Stegen to thank for not conceding early as Alexander Isak sped into the realm solely to see his chipped end saved by the goalkeeper.
It was De Jong’s sprint to the close to publish that introduced the primary objective, an Antoine Griezmann cross hanging simply lengthy sufficient for the midfielder to get there first and direct an outstanding header in.
But De Jong gave Actual Sociedad a approach again simply after half-time, the ball putting him on the hand and permitting Oyarzabal to equalise from the spot.
Barca practically pulled forward immediately as De Jong swivelled within the field, solely to take an pointless further contact. Ousmane Dembele fired simply large and Trincao, on instead, additionally had an opportunity to win it earlier than the 90 minutes have been up.
Zaldua unleashed in further time however Ter Stegen tipped over. Dembele’s end was saved too whereas Adnan Januzaj poked large on the finish of an excellent run after which hit the publish with a free-kick.
Into the shoot-out, and Jon Bautista’s first try was parried away by Ter Stegen, just for De Jong to hit the publish.
However Oyarzabal, who had scored earlier from the spot, this time missed, Ter Stegen guessing proper once more. Dembele scored earlier than Willian Jose struck the publish. Miralem Pjanic tucked in and so did Mikel Merino underneath stress.
Griezmann might have received it however ballooned over earlier than Januzaj transformed for 2-2, which left it as much as Puig to win it for Barca, the teenager slamming residence for a spot within the closing.