FULL-TIME, Real Betis 2-2 Barcelona (AET): After an exciting bonus period, we are going to a penalty shootout. Oh dear.
118’ RED CARD! Guardado is sent off for Betis after receiving two yellow cards in extra-time and Betis will be down to 10 for the final seconds of the bonus period.
GOAL, Real Betis 2-2 Barcelona (Loren 101’): Betis equalize. Luiz Henrique plays a one-two inside the box and squares it to Loren Morón who scores a nice backheel through the legs of Ronald Araujo to make it 2-2.
GOLAZO!!! Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona (Fati 93’): BARÇA RETAKE THE LEAD!!! Marcos Alonso sends a free-kick into the box, William Carvalho heads it into the edge of the box and Ansu Fati fires a SPECTACULAR volley with his left foot to find the corner and put the Blaugrana ahead! WHAT A GOAL!!!
EXTRA-TIME KICKOFF! Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona: We’re underway for the bonus period.
FULL-TIME, Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona: And we’re going to extra-time. Unfortunately.
81’ GOAL DISALLOWED! Lewandowski gets his second of the night and makes it 2-1 for Barça, but Ferran Torres was offside in the buildup and Barça have a second goal ruled out on the night.
GOAL, Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona (Fekir 77’): Betis equalize. Barça can’t clear their lines at the edge of the box and the ball finds Nabil Fekir all alone at the far post and the Frenchman fires it home.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona: Back underway in Riyadh!
HALFTIME, Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona: Barça started well but struggled with the final ball, and Betis had little possession but were a threat pretty much every time they attacked and forced Marc-André ter Stegen into some big saves. But Barça go into the break with the lead, and the second half promises to be fun.
GOAL!!! Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona (Lewandowski 40’): THIS ONE COUNTS!!! Barça go on a fast counter-attack as Pedri sends a long ball towards Ousmane Dembélé who beats Ruibal and finds Lewandowski in the box, and after his first shot is blocked by Luiz Pelipe the ball finds the Pole again and he finally finds the net!
23’ GOAL DISALLOWED! Barça take the lead with a very nice volley by Pedri inside the box, but Raphinha was slightly offside in the buildup and the goal is called off by VAR.
KICKOFF! Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Riyadh!
WELCOME TO THE KING FAHD STADIUM!!! This beautiful arena in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is the site of the 2023 Spanish Super Cup, and they host the second semi-final between Real Betis and Barcelona, who come into this one looking for their first trophy of the season. The Blaugrana could set up a massive El Clásico against Real Madrid for the title, but first they have to get past an excellent Betis side that is motivated and hungry for a trophy of their own. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Kounde, Araujo, Alba; Gavi, De Jong, Pedri; Raphinha,…