Madrid will play the final of the Super Cup after beating Barça in extra time (2-3)

Real Madrid won the ticket to play in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday after beating FC Barcelona (2-3) at the start of the tournament, which takes place in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), thanks to a goal by Fede Valverde in extra time after the good reaction from Culé to the blows of his eternal rival.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team played their favor at the King Fahd International Stadium, although not with the script they would have liked, especially after a good start to the game. That condition of superiority -17 points separate them in the League-, took time to tip the balance of a more even Classic than the forecasts said.

Barça, meanwhile, came out strengthened despite the defeat. The most optimistic would not have predicted such an even end, not even the multiple options in extra time. Everything could have happened, but for the fifth time in a row, the ‘Classic’ was painted white. A historical Classic as it was the first official to be played outside of Spain.

Vinicius and Asensio – Ancelotti’s bet to complete the trident – were the first to warn Barça with two good plays, one of them with a distant shot that woke up Ter Stegen. In addition, the whites grew up with defensive aids and a superb midfield, the same as always: Casemiro, Kroos and Modric.

Barça shook off the cannon shots as best they could, far from the ‘booklet’ that their coach likes so much, but with hanging balls and centers to the area that ended up giving results. Madrid continued to do their thing until they found the prize they deserved. Benzema stole the ball from Busquets from behind and he served Vinicius to score with a left foot after winning the race against Araujo.

The blaugrana were encouraged by two shots from Luuk de Jong, both very tame, but they made it clear that Barça was not going to give up just like that. Madrid covered up and let the minutes go by in order to find rest to refresh ideas and strike the final blow. But it was not like that, the 1-1 rose to the scoreboard after an intermission by Dembélé on the left wing, who encountered no difficulties with Carvajal.

Militao cleared the center, but De Jong set his foot and his shot ended up kissing the nets after bouncing off the wood. A fortunate goal that made Xavi’s men believe. That’s when everything changed and the second half seemed like another game. The changes of Pedri and Ansu Fati, who returned after several months injured, made this Barça more recognizable with the model that their coach defends.

The 13-time European champion, who never got to smell the blood, left his rival alive in the first half hour and could have been below if Dembélé or Pedri had had more success. Neither had Benzema at 70 minutes with a backhand that ended up at the base of the post, but two minutes later after a daring from Dani Alves.

The veteran signing culé opened the door for Carvajal to take out a center that Ter Stegen could not stop. In the rebound, Benzema took the cane and returned the advantage to Real Madrid. Another jug ​​of cold water at Barça’s best moment, which had to react in those final 15 minutes to extend the game and take it to extra time.

Xavi played it and it turned out well. The presence of Nico and Memphis gave their team more strength and the tying goal ended up being a reality after a header from Ansu Fati. Three minutes later it was Dembélé who had the opportunity of the third in a heads up where Courtois grew. There the options of victory began to die culé.

VALVERDE RESOLVES AGAINST.

In extra time, Benzema returned to claim all eyes with several actions of merit that made the Barcelona behind go crazy. One of them was a recovery that led to the final 2-3 -at 98 minutes-. Casemiro led the counter, Rodrygo put the lasso and Fede Valverde -after a magnificent move by Vini- beat Ter Stegen low hitting the post.

Benzema could have achieved the fourth but preferred to give it to Rodrygo, who wasted a new against already with the time fulfilled. And in the culé side, Ez Abde had it with a crossed shot that was brushing the wood. However, nothing prevented the merengue victory and the ticket to the final for the current leader of the League. His rival for the title will leave Atlético-Athetic this Thursday.

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