Barcelona beat Real Madrid in Spanish Super Cup final

Barcelona win their first title since former player Xavi took over as the team’s coach in 2021.

Barcelona players celebrate with a trophy after they won the final of the Spanish Super Cup
Barcelona players celebrate with the trophy [Hussein Malla/AP Photo]

Barcelona have won the Spanish Super Cup for the first time since the competition was revamped and moved to Saudi Arabia with a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid.

Robert Lewandowski, Gavi and Pedri scored a goal each at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh on Sunday to give Barcelona its first Super Cup trophy since 2018, and the first since the tournament’s Final-Four format began in 2020 in a lucrative deal for the Spanish football federation.

It was also Barcelona’s first title since former player Xavi took over as the team’s coach in 2021, and since Lionel Messi left for Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid's Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior vies with Barcelona's Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo (L) during the Spanish
Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior vies with Barcelona’s Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo, left, during the Spanish Super Cup final football in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on January 15, 2023 [Fayez Nureldine/AFP]

Gavi opened the scoring in the 33rd minute from close range after a pass by Lewandowski, who doubled the lead after an assist by Gavi in a breakaway just before the end of the first half.

Gavi also set up Pedri’s close-range goal in another breakaway in the 69th.

Karim Benzema scored a consolation for Madrid late in stoppage time.

This was Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first defeat in a final since 2014.

Barcelona have now won the Super Cup a record 14 times. Madrid have 12 to their name.

“We knew it was a chance we had to take, we have lived through an era of changes at the club and in the dressing room, and this will reinforce us to keep fighting for more titles,” said Barca captain Sergio Busquets.

“You know how [Gavi] competes, he’s very young. Most players at his age would be in the youth team, and he’s playing at an incredible level, giving assists, getting goals.”

Barcelona's Pedri
Barcelona’s Pedri celebrates after he scored during the final of the Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 16, 2023 [Hussein Malla/AP Photo]

Madrid eliminated Barcelona in last season’s semi-finals, but the Spanish powerhouses had never met in the final of the revamped competition.

The Super Cup used to be played between the Spanish league champion and the Copa del Rey winner. Now the runners-up in both competitions also participate.

Madrid played as the league champion and Barcelona as the league runner-up.

The current contract to play the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia runs through the 2024-25 season.

Source: News Agencies