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FULL-TIME! Barcelona 2-3 Athletic: It’s all over Athletic win the Spanish Super Cup. Tough night for Barca.


RED CARD: Messi gets sent off for an off the ball clash with Villalibre.


EXTRA-TIME HALF-TIME: Barca still behind and not creating much. 15 minutes to turn this around!


GOAL! Barcelona 2-3 Athletic: Barca go behind as Inaki Williams curls a stunner past Ter Stegen.


EXTRA-TIME KICK OFF: Here we go again, come on boys!


FULL-TIME! Barcelona 2-2 Athletic: All square again and so on to extra-time we go...


GOAL! Barcelona 2-2 Athletic: Athletic equalize in the 89th minute and it looks like we’re heading for extra-time...


GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Athletic: Antoine Griezmann does it again for Barca!


GOAL RULED OUT! Barcelona 1-1 Athletic: Raul Garcia thought he’d headed Athletic in front but it’s been ruled out for offside after a VAR check.


SECOND HALF! Barcelona 1-1 Athletic: Change at the break for Barca. Oscar Mingueza is on in place of Sergino Dest.


HALF-TIME! Barcelona 1-1 Athletic: All square at the break but Barca will be kicking themselves for falling asleep after taking the lead. All to play for in the second half.


GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Athletic: Unbelievable! Athletic hit straight back and level through Óscar de Marcos.


GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Athletic: Antoine Griezmann opens the scoring for Barcelona!


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao: And we’re underway! Come on, boys, let’s start the final well!


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann (4-3-3)

Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Umtiti, Mingueza, Firpo, Pjanic, Puig, Trincão, Braithwaite

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Starting XI: Simón; Capa, Yeray, Martínez, Balenziaga; De Marcos, D. García, Vencedor, Muniain; R. García, Williams (4-4-2)

Bench: Ezkieta (GK), Morcillo, Nuñez, Vesga, Ibai, Berenguer, Lekue, Sancet, Villalibre


WELCOME TO THE ESTADIO DE LA CARTUJA!!! One of the biggest stadiums in Spain is the site of a huge Spanish Super Cup Final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao. This is a rematch of the 2015 Supercopa which was won by Athletic, and Ronald Koeman will try to win his first title as Barça coach against a really good Bilbao side. This should be all kinds of fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2021 Supercopa de España, Final

Date/Time: Sunday, January 17, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)

Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano

VAR: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM SPANISH SUPER CUP

How to watch on TV: ESPN 2 (USA), Canal+ Sport 5 (Nigeria), #Vamos (Spain), others

How to stream: FuboTV (USA), 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!