FULL-TIME, Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla: WE ARE CHAMPIONS! The first competitive game of the season brings us the first trophy of the season, but it wasn’t without drama. Sevilla had a late penalty, but Ter Stegen made a great save to stop Ben Yedder and we survived a late blitz to win the Supercup!
GOLAZO! Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla (Dembélé 78’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! OUSMANE DEMBÉLÉ TAKES THE BALL ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND FIRES A ROCKET INTO THE TOP CORNER! WHAT A FREAKING GOAL TO SHUT UP ALL HIS CRITICS!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 1-1 Sevilla: Come on, boys! Let’s keep up the pace from the first half and look for the winner!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-1 Sevilla: Barça dominated the entire first half, but Sevilla scored against the run of play and parked the bus quite early in the game, which made things difficult for the Catalans. But Barça were very patient and continued to create chances until the equalizer came just before halftime. We are clearly the better team here, and we just need to continue playing the way we did in the first half to win the game.
GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Sevilla (Piqué 42’): BARÇA EQUALIZE! Lionel Messi takes a free kick that hits the post, and Gerard Piqué is the quickest to react and taps home the goal Barça more than deserve.
GOAL, Barcelona 0-1 Sevilla (Sarabia 9’): Sevilla open the scoring! A great counter attack by them is finished by Pablo Sarabia, who has his goal disallowed for offside at first, but VAR stepped in and correctly reversed the decision. Sarabia was clearly onside.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Sevilla: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys. Let’s just win this trophy.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets; Rafinha, Messi, Dembélé; Suárez (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Cillessen, Umtiti, Miranda, Rakitic, Vidal, Coutinho, Munir
Starting XI: Vaclík; Gómez, Kjaer, Mercado; Navas, Mesa, Banega, Escudero; Sarabia, Muriel, Vázquez (3-4-3)
Bench: Soriano, Carriço, Amadou, Aleix Vidal, Nolito, André Silva, Ben Yedder
Welcome to the first competitive match of the season for Barcelona! Sevilla and their lawyers are trying everything they can to stop this game from happening, but it’s happening! The Spanish Supercup is up for grabs in a one-off match in Morocco, and Barça have the chance to win a trophy tonight! It’ll be fun! Join us for a special title match LIVE BLOG!
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Competition: 2018 Supercopa de España
Date/Time: Sunday, August 12, 2018, 9pm local time, 10pm CET (Barcelona), 9pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm EST, 12pm PST (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Stade Ibn-Batouta, Tangier, Morocco
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM SUPERCOPA DE ESPANA
How to watch on TV: ESPNews (USA), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others
How to stream: WatchESPN (USA), Sky GO (UK), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!