Penalty killer ter Stegen leads Barcelona to the Supercup final

Penalty killer Marc-Andre ter Stegen has led FC Barcelona to the final of the Spanish Supercup.

Against cup winners Betis Sevilla, the favorites won the semifinals in the König Fahd Stadium in Riyadh/Saudi Arabia on Thursday 4-2 on penalties thanks to two saves by the German goalkeeper. After 120 minutes it was 2-2 (1-1, 1-0). The final on Sunday will now see the Clasico against champions and defending champions Real Madrid.

Ter Stegen saved Juanmi and William Carvalho on penalties, and Barcelona young star Pedri converted the decisive penalty. World footballers Robert Lewandowski (40th) and Ansu Fati (93rd) had previously scored for Barca, while Nabil Fekir (77th) and Loren Moron (101st) scored for Sevilla. Betis professional Andres Guardado (118th) also saw the yellow-red card in extra time for repeated foul play.

The Spanish Supercup will be held in Saudi Arabia for the third time after the 2019/20 and 2021/22 seasons. In January 2021 the tournament returned to Spain temporarily due to the corona pandemic.

In addition to the champion and the runner-up this year, FC Valencia, who lost to Real on penalties on Wednesday, and Betis are the two cup finalists. The format expanded to four teams competing in a mini-tournament when the Kingdom moved to 2019.

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