Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen presented the team with the ‘first final of the year’.
In the semi-finals of the 2023 Supercopa (La Liga Super Cup) held at the King Fahad Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the morning of the 13th (Korean time), Barcelona defeated Real Betis (hereinafter referred to as Betis) 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
Barcelona, who chose 4-3-3, had Ter Stegen (GK), Alba-Kunde-Araujo-Roberto (DF), Pedri-de Jong-Gabi (MF), Dembele-Lewandowski-Rafinha (FW), etc. The main power came out.
Betis, who chose a narrow 4-3-3, led by ‘Barcelona’ Bravo (GK), Ruybal-Pecella-Ramos-Miranda (DF), Rodriguez-Canales-Rodri (MF), Luis Henrik-Fekir- Iglesias (FW) and others went on the attack.
Both full-backs (Ruibal-Miranda) were players close to replacement resources, and in the attacking line, two attacking midfielders, Canales-Fekir, were used instead of Willian Carvalho, a holding midfielder similar to Kante, and Andres Guardado, a playmaker. The goal was to control the baseline rather than ‘tempo control’.
Betis’ selection failed. In the 40th minute of the first half, the opposing striker Ousmane Dembele could not block a knife-like pass following a breakthrough, and in the end, Roberto Lewandowski conceded the opening goal and was dragged away.
At the beginning of the second half, Betis took out Canales, one of the two attacking midfielders, and introduced Carvalho (holding midfielder) to try to steal the ball from the midfield.
Sergio Busquets was put in in the 18th minute of the second half instead of Frankie De Jong, who had good mobility, and the result was successful. In the 32nd minute of the second half, Fekir scored an equalizer in the process of attacking the center following a breakthrough on the left side of the box. It was crucial that Busquets failed to block the pass to the center of the box.
With both teams less focused on defense, Ansu Fati’s fantastic volley and ‘Art Soccer’ followed by Lauren Morone’s goal gave the two teams a goal each in overtime, and the two teams headed to a penalty shoot-out with a score of 2-2.
The protagonist of the penalty shootout was goalkeeper Stegen of Barcelona. Stegen defended Barcelona’s victory, which was scored by all players, by blocking all shots from Jimenez-Carvalho, the opponent’s number 3-4 kicker, to the left of the goal. It was a ‘crazy save show’ that seemed to read the opponent’s shooting path perfectly. 메이저사이트