Super Cup to end in another ‘El Clasico’

Edwin  - CEO January 13, 2024
Updated 2024/01/13 at 6:11 AM
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Barcelona to face Real Madrid


Barcelona to face Real Madrid in Super Cup final


Robert Lewandowski and Lamine Yamal scored second-half goals to give Barcelona a 2-0 win over Osasuna in a dour Spanish Super Cup semifinal in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.


Barca set up a dream show­piece clash on Sunday with Real Madrid, who had beaten city rivals Atletico Madrid in a breathtaking 5-3 derby ear­lier in the week. It will be a rematch from last year’s final, which Barca won 3-1. Barce­lona dominated possession in a dismal first half but were be­reft of ideas and barely threat­ened their opponents.


Lewandowski could have done better in a few half-chances, which a confident Osasuna goalkeeper, Sergio Herrera, denied. Still, it was not until the 59th minute that Bar­ca came to life and managed to break the deadlock. Ilkay Gun­dogan picked out Lewandowski with a through-ball, and the striker scored from close range.


However, Osasuna players were fuming and complained to the referee that Barcelona defender Andreas Christensen had fouled Jose Arnaiz before starting the counter-attack. However, a VAR check confirmed the goal. “We felt we were wronged because the refer­eeing criteria were very different during the match. The foul was clear,” Osasuna manager Jag­oba Arrasate told Movistar Plus.


After Lewandowski’s goal, Xavi brought Joao Felix off the bench. The Portuguese forward added impetus Barca seemed to lack up-front, forcing goalkeeper Herrera to make a couple of fine saves to keep Osasuna alive. Joao Felix created a quick counter and assisted Yamal, who blasted low into the net to secure the win and set up an El Clasico in the final.


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