Messi report 33rd title as Barcelona wins Spanish Tremendous Cup



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13 Aug 2018, 04:42 IST
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TANGIER, Morocco (AP) — Lionel Messi gained his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to turn into probably the most profitable participant within the Catalan membership’s historical past.

Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 within the Spanish Tremendous Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer season for the Japanese league.

Ousmane Dembele scored a late profitable aim with a blistering strike from outdoors the realm. The 21-year-old France winger surprised Sevilla’s protection with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar within the 78th minute.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when he saved a penalty kick from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder within the 89th after Ter Stegen fouled former Barcelona ahead Aleix Vidal.

Pablo Sarabia opened for Sevilla within the ninth, when the video assistant referee overruled an offside name within the first use of VAR in Spanish competitors.

Gerard Pique equalized three minutes earlier than halftime when he completed off a free kick by Messi that hit the put up and ricocheted off the again of goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik — and once more off the upright — earlier than falling to the Barcelona defender.

Whereas Barcelona dominated possession, Sevilla went near going again in entrance when Franco Vazquez’s glancing header hit the highest of the goal-frame within the 62nd earlier than Dembele took his winner.

A yr in the past, Barcelona broke their very own switch report to signal Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August for a price of 105 million euros (now $120 million) that might rise to 147 million euros. However his first season at Camp Nou was restricted by accidents as Dembele struggled to interchange the opening left by Neymar after he went to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde stated that he hoped that Dembele’s aim is an indication of higher issues to come back this season.

“We’ve got positioned plenty of hope (in Dembele),” Valverde stated. “He has an incredible skill to interrupt down defenses along with his velocity. He’s a really younger participant and we hope that little by little he makes progress.”

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal debuted for Barcelona as a late substitute.

The Tremendous Cup is performed between the earlier season’s league and Copa del Rey winners. Since Barcelona gained each competitions, Sevilla performed the match because the Copa runners-up after dropping 5-Zero in final season’s cup closing to Barcelona.

Performed in Tangier, Morocco, this was the primary Spanish Tremendous Cup held outdoors Spain and the primary time it was performed as a single match, as a substitute of a two-leg sequence.

Sevilla performed the match, which serves as a curtain raiser for the Spanish league season, in the midst of its playoff to qualify for the Europa League’s group part. Sevilla faces Zalgiris on Thursday after profitable their first match 1-0.

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