FC Barcelona won Real Sociedad in the semi-final of the Spanish Supercup tournament on Wednesday. Ronald Koeman saw his team win after penalty kicks, with Frenkie de Jong in a special lead role.
The Dutch midfielder put the Blaugranas in Cordoba in a personal way. The Orange-International, who is increasingly comfortable in his more offensive role, was certainly confident with the head, not exactly something he is known for. In the 39th minute he promoted an advance of Antoine Griezmann to hit.
He was also involved in Sociedads counter-hit. In the 51st minute Mikel Oyarzabal shot from eleven meters after a handsball of De Jong.
That was not the end of the stocking for the former Ajacied. To complete his already crazy evening, he missed the first Barcelona penalty. Antoine Griezman also failed a little later from the dot, but partly thanks to good goalkeeper work by Marc-Andre ter Segen, who turned two pins and saw a ball end up on the pole, Barça left the longest end. Riqui Puig made the winning.
Sunday the final will be on the programme in Seville. Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao compete for the second ticket on Thursday.
FC Barcelona missed Lionel Messi Wednesday night. The Argentine was struggling with minor complaints and was held aside by Koeman, Spanish media reported.
Messi fell out last Saturday in the game with Granada in the 65th minute. He had already helped his club with two goals towards the 4-0 victory. Wednesday morning, he was already missing at the last training.