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Riqui Puig says he was ‘desperate’ to take Barcelona penalty

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The youngster struck the winner in the shootout

Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona - Supercopa de Espana Semi Final Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Riqui Puig was the match winner for Barcelona on Wednesday, netting the decisive penalty to send his team into the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

It was a great moment for the youngster who was endured a frustrating season under Ronald Koeman but has been rewarded for his patience.

Puig showed great composure to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and score his spot-kick and spoke after the game about how eager he was to take a penalty.

“I wasn’t down to take one but we needed one more taker and I was the first to step forward. I was desperate to take it and score my first goal for the club.

“I have never lost my smile. I am a happy kid. Even if I am not playing, I have my family, my health. If Ronald gives me minutes, I will try and take my chance; if not, keep working hard. I am never going to throw in the towel.”

Source | ESPN

Puig, Miralem Pjanic and Ousmane Dembele were all successful with their kicks, while Frenkie de Jong hit a post with his and Antoine Griezmann blazed an effort over the bar.

Barca also needed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s help. The German followed up an impressive 120 minutes with two saves in the shoot-out to help secure the win.