Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Barcelona fight back to win Spanish Supercup

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Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2018, 02:55

Spanish club Sevilla have stated that they could withdraw from tonight's Spanish Cup final against Barcelona over an interpretation of the rules surrounding the competition.

Last season at club level Messi played 54 times, scoring 45 goals and winning the Golden Boot for a record fifth time.

Gerard Pique, who announced his global retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.

There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser.

Sevilla were then awarded a penalty in the 90th minute when Ter Stegen committed a foul in the box.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) announced that teams could field an unlimited number of players without European Union citizenship, a change in the rules for La Liga, which limits teams to three non-EU players in a matchday squad.

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The Armenian worldwide will likely get a start today as Unai Emery will need his players to feed Aubameyang crosses in the match. He'll be joining a strong attacking force that already includes the likes of Kevin De Bruyne , Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero .

Barcelona take on Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Sevilla said they could file a complaint ahead of the game in Tangier, Morocco if Barca name an "improper lineup".

In the end, 21-year-old winger Malcom, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, was left out of the matchday line-up.

Lionel Messi became the most successful player in Barcelona in history on Sunday as he helped the Catalans to a thrilling Supercopa victory over Sevilla.

Barcelona won both competitions last season so have been pitted against last season's cup runners-up this weekend.

It was reported earlier this week that Barcelona were in the process of acquiring a Portuguese passport for midfielder Philippe Coutinho in order to free up a third non-EU playing spot in their squad and that process is believed to have been completed.