Barcelona Cruises Past Sevilla 5-0 in Aggregate to Win Spanish Super Cup
Arda Turan’s two goals and Lionel Messi’s header gave Barcelona a 3-0 win at home on Wednesday, resulting in a 5-0 aggregate win.
Barcelona made six changes from the 2-0 first leg win, while the visitors Sevilla made up to seven changes to try to turn the series around.
Sevilla came out explosive, as they high pressed Barcelona to get an early chance. However, it was the hosts who took the lead when Messi gave a beautiful through ball for Turan and the Turkish international made no mistake finishing the chance in the 10th minute.
The visitors got a golden opportunity to equalize when Samuel Umtiti received a yellow for a handball in the box, resulting in a penalty for Sevilla. Captain Vicente Iborra stepped up to take the spot kick, but couldn’t capitalize on the chance as Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo saved the penalty, keeping the match at 1-0.
Bravo also made another spectacular save right before the half ended when Sevilla defender Gabriel Mercado’s header was bounced off from Bravo’s finger tips before hitting the cross bar.
The second half started as a disaster for Sevilla, when keeper Sergio Rico’s horrendous pass was picked up by Turan and chipped into the back of the net, giving Barcelona a 2-0 lead.
Any chance of Sevilla comeback was over by the 55th minute when Messi headed in a Lucas Digne cross to make the scoreline 3-0.
Franco Vasquez, Vitolo and Luciano Vietto came in to give Sevilla a late push, but they failed to get past Barcelona backline and keeper Bravo.
Bad news came for Barcelona in 79th minute when defender Javier Mascherano was forced to exit the game due to injury, leaving the team with just 10 men as coach Luis Enrique had used all three of his substitutions. Mascherano joins Mathieu and Iniesta in the injured list.
Both teams have spent a lot of money to bring in several new players to get ready for the new season. Barcelona spent up to $90.22 millions to add four new players, while Sevilla spent $63.53 millions for nine players.
Barcelona will start their La Liga campaign on Saturday when they host Real Betis in the Camp Nou, before traveling to San Mames to take on a tough Athletic Bilbao side.
Jorge Sampaoli’s new look Sevilla team will also start their La Liga season on Saturday when they host Espanyol, who will feature their former captain Jose Antonio Reyes. Then they travel to El Madrigal where they will battle last year’s fourth place finishers Villarreal in an exciting match up.