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From the hand of Vinicius Jr. once again the Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-3 this Wednesday for the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup in a match that had many chances in the game, goals and even an extension that could have been extended to penalty kicks.
Neither the returns of Ansu Fati, Pedri, the debut of Ferrán Torres or the return of a high level of Dembelé could against a Real Madrid that came out overwhelming in the first minutes of the meeting. The internships of Vinicius Jr and Benzema, together with the deployment of Mendy, hurt a right wing that Dani Alves was trying to cover without much success.
The support in the transition of Modric and Kroos in the half court also paid off for Real Madrid and after a lethal counter at 24 ′ by Karim Benzema came the first thanks to a left-handed shot from Vinicius who beat Ter Stegen.
With the goal, the Real Madrid delayed lines and that was taken advantage of by the FC Barcelona so that Dembelé’s hand down the left wing created dangerous chances in combination with Luuk De Jong.
Precisely, the nine of Barcelona was the one that joined the French for Catalan equality when Dembelé overflowed and launched a center that was cleared by Militao and the rebound hit De Jong’s leg to beat Courtois (41 ′). The Dutchman contributed his fourth goal in the last four games.
For the second half, the entry of Pedri gave free rein to Barcelona and almost put it up with a shot from the front that passed inches from the frame of Real Madrid minutes after its entry.
The whites had a hard time at times and dedicated themselves to the counterattack that had paid off in the first half and almost got the second goal at 69 ′ through a genius from Benzema but his shot crashed off the crossbar.
Barcelona’s insistence on looking for the rival goal did not bear fruit and that created the spaces for the internship that Real Madrid was waiting for. Three minutes after the crossbar, a shot from Benzema repelled by Ter Stegen fell at the feet of Carvajal who threw a cross into goal and the rebound was left for the French 9. 2-1 and it seemed that Madrid would kill the game but there would still be more.
The income of Ansu Fati After his injury at the beginning of November, he gave hope to a Barcelona that did not give up and after a clearance from a corner Jordi Alba retracted the ball and the pearl of the Blaugrana quarry put the equal head at 83 ′ to decree the extension between both teams.
Tiredness began to take its toll on both squads and the entry of Valverde to replace Modric was essential for the last repertoire that Real Madrid would have. At 98 ′, counterattack of 3 against 2 ended with an assist from Rodrygo and completion of the Uruguayan for which in the end it would be the final result.
Alba, Busquets, Dembelé and Fati himself tried to equalize in injury time but nothing could prevent Real Madrid from contesting the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
Now the meringues will wait for the winner between Atlético de Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao to meet their rival in the final that will take place on January 16 at the King Abdullah Sports City of Saudi Arabia.
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