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Super Cup Final: Barca To Face Real Madrid After 2-0 Win Over Osasuna

by: EdwardB


In a captivating Spanish Super Cup semi-final on January 11 in Saudi Arabia, Barcelona secured a thrilling 2-0 victory over Osasuna, paving the way for an eagerly anticipated super cup final against long-time rivals Real Madrid. The goals, scored by Robert Lewandowski and Lamine Yamal in the second half, showcased Barcelona’s determination to claim the Super Cup title once again.

First-Half Tussle

The initial half witnessed Barcelona dominating possession but struggling to break through Osasuna resilient defense. Despite a few attempts by Lewandowski, Osasuna goalkeeper, Sergio Herrera, held his ground, preventing any breakthroughs.

Second-Half Drama

The turning point arrived in the 59th minute when Ilkay Gundogan’s well-placed through ball found Lewandowski, who coolly slotted the ball into the net. However, the goal was not without controversy. Osasuna players argued that a foul by Barcelona’s Andreas Christensen on Jose Arnaiz occurred before the goal, leading to heated debates. The VAR check, though, confirmed Barcelona’s lead, leaving Osasuna’s manager frustrated.

“We felt we were wronged because the refereeing criteria were very different during the whole match. The foul was clear,” lamented Osasuna manager Jagoba Arrasate. Barcelona’s manager, Xavi Hernandez, acknowledged the live confusion but downplayed the referee’s impact, stating, “Sometimes the referee works to our advantage, sometimes he works against us… However, I don’t think he was decisive in today’s outcome.”

Tactical Brilliance

Post Lewandowski’s goal, Xavi made a crucial substitution, bringing in Joao Felix, whose energetic play injected life into Barcelona’s attack. Joao Felix’s efforts forced Herrera to make several notable saves, keeping Osasuna in contention. In a swift counter-attack orchestrated by Joao Felix, Lamine Yamal received the assist and secured Barcelona’s victory with a well-placed shot.

Anticipation for the Grand Finale

Xavi is eager for the final against Real Madrid on January 14, stating, “In finals, you don’t just play, you win. We’re looking forward to facing an opponent we’ve seen perform well in the other semi-final. In El Clasico, there are no clear favorites. Hopefully, the final will go our way again like last year. We are the champions, and we’ll enjoy the game, no matter what.”

The stage is now set for an exhilarating El Clasico final, where Barcelona aims to defend its title against a formidable Real Madrid side. As football enthusiasts eagerly await the clash of these titans, the Spanish Super Cup final promises a spectacle filled with intense rivalry, skillful plays, and the determination to lift the coveted trophy.

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