Messi conquered Jeddah and, however, it will be the Athletic which go to the meeting of Madrid in the final of the Super cup. Grants a defensive, condemned the Barcelona after overcoming the heroic resistance of Oblak and frustrated both the generous action of his captain as the party dreamed of by the Spanish Federation and Saudi Arabia: a Barça-Madrid. He lived the Athletic areas and of the plays episodic in a game volcanic, dizzying, repeatedly interrupted by the VAR and illustrated by a superb version of Messi. The Atlético-Barça recovered the essences and returned to that classic that I had hooked to the hobby in Europe.NCB 2 - 3 ATM Barcelona Net, Pique, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Alba, Vidal, Frenkie De Jong (Ansu Fati, min. 87), Busquets (Rakitic, min. 85), Messi, Griezmann and Luis Suarez. AtléticoOblak, Felipe Monteiro, Savic, Renan Augusto (Vitolo, min. 66), Trippier, Hector Herrera (Koke, min. 45), Correa, Saul, Thomas, Morata, João Felix, and Koke (Koke, min. 45) (Marcos Llorente, min. 71). Goles0-1 min. 45: Koke . 1-1 min. 50: Messi . 2-1 min. 61: Griezmann . 2-2 min. 80: Morata (p). 2-3 min. 85: Strap . Referee José Luis González González's Net (min. 79), Piqué (min. 30), Vidal (min. 76), Luis Suarez (min. 47), Felipe Monteiro (min. 63), Savic (min. 47), Thomas (min. 34) and Marcos Llorente (min. 72).
Valverde took seriously the contest: absent due to injury Ter Stegen, formed holders with the exception of Umtiti and if you want Arturo Vidal, the player number 12 by definition, player of moments, rather than parties, right now the energy and the optimism embodied in the Barcelona. No one better than the chilean way to lighten the mood barca in the same way that Belt has been the gamer fetish Athletic. The imbalance of the rosario, capital was lately on a team that defends as none from the effectiveness of Oblak. The recovery of Savic and momentary injury Strap after colliding with Net increased even more by the interest of Simeone for perfecting the closure of their area before the torment of Messi.
The differentiating factor of the Atletico-Barca is Messi, author of 31 goals in 40 matches, the attraction at the stadium King Abdullah. Fans flocked to the appointment to see Messi in the same way that in the semi-final earlier attended as Madrid fans. Waiting for the highly-acclaimed 10, the party started with the collective game of Atletico and the doubts of Umtiti, until the Strap came out damaged in a duel with the goal of Barça. Also doubled Oblak after a load of Luis Suarez and later fell to Messi in a few minutes very bumpy and painful for the bewildered boys of Simeone. The meeting turned blatantly pro-Barca's Messi. The team found the 10 and focused without stopping to Oblak.
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The move exposed the lie in the first 20 seconds of the second part of the conclusions of the first: João Félix was present, He had not been injured and the change of Koke Herrera was so certain that the steering wheel marked nothing more to touch the ball: 0-1. The response from Messi was just as proud because he urged for a ball played in by Suárez to the center of Vidal and not stop until you beat Oblak. Tension increased competitive and the game was great because of the ambition of Barca to break down the wall of Oblak. The goalkeeper could not with Messi or finally, even with Griezmann. Although the referee and the VAR we knocked out a goal at the 10 to help in a control with the shoulder, not pardoned him after the exdelantero of Atletico.
Griezmann pitching to the network a rejection of imposing Oblak after a skull bash of Luis Suarez at centre of Alba. The French lacked scoring before his exequipo and did not stop to finish up the third beat to your excompañero the Athletic. The meeting was left to the mercy of the club to which the VAR cancelled a second goal out of juice: Pique remachó a lack hurled by Messi and touched by Vidal.
The action descentró to barca, they were awarded a penalty after a loss of Busquets, when Simeone had already moved the bench, and renounced the fallen Koke. Stunned, the club repeated their mistakes at the back and after a controversial move by the hands of Pique —not warned voluntariness the referee, after consultation with the CHG— took the final Strap. The worst punishment for the best barcelona, excellent in attack, better when took the lead, superior in three of the four sections of the meeting, and on the contrary, vulnerable without the ball, eliminated in a quarter of an hour, disoriented by the VAR, gone of the match from the both cancelled Pique and surprised by the effective punch of Atletico, so fruitful in Jeddah as sterile in LaLiga.
A final without any of the two champions
Real Madrid and Atletico will contest the first final of the Supercopa of Spain under the new format of four participants. Incidentally, none of the two teams went to Saudi Arabia on condition of champion of League or Cup, as did Barcelona and Valencia, respectively. It will be the second time that Madrid and Atlético played the final of this tournament. In 2014 both teams faced double match and the title went to atletico.
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