FC Barcelona defeats Sevilla FC 5-4 to win UEFA Super Cup 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
On Wednesday,-based football club defeated -based football club 5–4 to win the . The match was held in in the city of , . , who may leave for , scored the winning goal of the match in the 115th minute. This was the fifth UEFA Super cup won by Barcelona.
Barcelona had stronger possession of the ball in front of Sevilla. The match saw nine, four for Barcelona players and five for Sevilla players. A total of 41 fouls were committed in the match. A total of nine goals were scored in the match, with the first goal scored in the opening minutes of the game.
Barcelona defendercommitted a foul in the 2nd minute and thus Sevilla got a free kick. converted the free kick into goal in the 3rd minute of the game. Minutes later, Sevilla's committed a foul and this early lead was soon equalised as Barcelona forward scored a similar style free kick.
Krychowiak received a yellow card in the 14th minute and Barca were awarded another free kick for Banega's foul on. Leo Messi converted this free kick into a goal, giving the lead to Barcelona after 16 minutes of game play. This was Messi's 36th goal in 37 games in 2015.
Minutes before half time,assisted and the tripled the lead for the Catalans. First half ended with scoreline 3–1 with only one booking.
Within ten minutes of the second half, Suárez scored the fourth goal in the 52nd making it a one-sided match. Five minutes later,scored a close ranged shot making the score 4–2. In the 63rd minute, was substituted off for . Iniesta made his 550th appearance for Barcelona. After this substitution, the goal difference kept on dropping. In the 71st minute, was booked for a foul on . Referee awarded a penalty kick for Sevilla. perfectly converted it into a goal making it 4–3.
Within the next ten minutes, Sevilla equalised with Barcelona.scored an easy tap-in to bring Sevilla from 4–1 to 4–4. Within half an hour, the one-sided match changed into a tensed match.
in the 87th minute and Banega in the 90+2 minute were booked for committing foul on Suárez. The game ended in 4–4. And thus it was extended to additional time.
Additional time saw five more yellow cards. Pedro was substituted in for Mascherano in the 93rd minute and in the next minute, he received a yellow card for foul on Vitolo. Barcelona won a free kick in the dying minutes of the game. Messi's kick became an indirect assist to Pedro who netted it in the top corner. It was the winning goal of the game.
This was Pedro's 99th goal in the Catalonia jersey. By this victory, Barcelona joinedas the most successful club. Both the teams have earned the title five times. This trophy was Messi's and Iniesta's 25th trophy with Barcelona. Messi was awarded Man of the match. After the match, he said, "We are delighted to start the season with this win, but it was tough [...] The most important thing was to win the Super Cup to start well. Now we think of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Club".
On Tuesday, Pedro was asked if he was leaving Barcelona. He replied "The answer is no. But it is a difficult, complicated situation. When you know you may leave it is difficult." Pedro said it wan't about money but the playing time. Pedro said "The truth is that I had a good chance to play. The coach has decided not to count on me. I don't know, I don't know if I will continue here [...] Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides. Today I'm here, and I'm happy [...] And if I go, I will go with my head held high having always given everything."
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