Ter Stegen guides Barca to reach Spanish Super Cup final
Published: 03:18 PM, 14 January 2021
Ter Stegen makes a save from Real Sociedad’s Joseba Zaldua
Ter Stegen’s heroics ensured Barcelona edged past Real Sociedad on penalties on Wednesday to reach the Spanish Super Cup final, without the injured Lionel Messi.
Messi was watching on as Ter Stegen did his best to fill the void in Cordoba, the goalkeeper immense both in the shoot-out and during the normal time, which had finished 1-1.
Frenkie de Jong’s header was canceled out by a penalty from Mikel Oyarzabal, who then missed in the shoot-out, one of two crucial saves made by Ter Stegen before 21-year-old Riqui Puig hit the winning shot.
Barca advance to meet either Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final on Sunday when Messi is expected to be available again, although coach Ronald Koeman was cautious at full-time.
This is the second year of the Spanish Super Cup’s new format, which has four teams playing each other in a semi-final and final.
Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad joined after reaching the final of last season’s Copa del Rey, which is still to be played, while Barcelona finished runners-up to Madrid in La Liga. - AFP.