First Game, First Title? European Super Cup!
We are live at the European Super Cup Final between the Champions League winner FC Barcelona and the European League winner FC Sevilla. The Cardiff City Stadium is sold out wit 33.316 Fans who can't wait for the game to begin.
Before the Match starts, we are going to have a look how both teams handeld themselves in the summer break and how they've changed.
So lets get going!
Lets start with the European League winner FC Sevilla
Sevilla had to suffer the lost of their star striker Carlos Bacca
, whom recently signed a contract at AC Milan. Sevilla got 30mio. € for Bacca and then they also had to sell Aleix Vidal
to todays opponent FC Barcelona for a fee of 17mio. €
Bacca and Vidal were two of the most important players of Sevilla. They were vital for their success and it will be interesting to see, how they can move on, without them.
Bacca and Vidal weren't the only players who have left Sevilla over this summer. Gerard Deulofeu, Iago Aspas and other rotation players like Mariano Barbosa and Cicinho have left Sevilla.
Sevilla will try to fill the empty spaces with their new signings. The biggest Coup was the signing of italian striker Ciro Immobile
on loan for a fee of 3mio. €.
The young italian joined from german Bundesliga-Team Borussia Dortmund for this Season, but Sevilla can make this deal permanent if they want for an extra 13mio. €.
Another player who can become a starter from the beginning on can be ukrainian winger Evgen Konoplyanka
, who joined this summer on a free transfer from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and seems to become the steal of the summer.
A third vital player for their upcoming Season can become french defender Adil Rami
, who made the opposite move in comparison to Carlos Bacca, as he moved to Sevilla from AC Milan.
Sevilla had only 4 friendly games until the game today and their form wasn't the best.
The last game, 3 days ago against Houston Dynamo, was lost 1:2 and Houston Dynamo gave them a though battle.
The other 3 games saw Sevilla getting 2 wins and 1 draw, but their opponents weren't the strongest with Italian 4th division side FC Parma, portuguese 2nd division side CD Santa Clara and Liga Adelante team Real Valladolid.
The player of the Pre-Season has to be Denis Suarez
, the Barcelona loanee scored 3 goals in the 4 games and seems to be the playmaker of the Team. Almost every single big chance was created by him.
Well Barcelona aren't that active this summer period, due to their transfer embargo until 01/01/2016.
Barcelona bought two players with Arda Turan
for 34mio. € from Atletico Madrid, and as mentioned before, Aleix Vidal
from todays opponent FC Sevilla!
Both of the players are unable to play, because they can be registered as soon, as the transfer embargo is over.
What really had changed in Barcelona is the transfer from Barcelona icon Xavi Hernander
! The spanish playmaker left Barcelona this summer to end his career in Qatar. The biggest question will be, can the young players, like Rafinha or Sergi Roberto, step up and become important players in Barcelona or has Barcelona to try to deal with only 3 players (Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic) in the central midfield, until new players can be bought or Arda Turan can be used?
Barcelonas Form was great over the Pre-Season!
Barcelona played 5 games and all of them have been won. The best match in the Pre-Season was the last match and their test for todays game. Barcelona won 5:0 against portuguese Gigant Sporting Lisboa and really dominated them.
The player of the Pre-Season was clearly Luis Suarez
. He adds something to the Barcelona Team that was missing, since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club a few years ago. One goal showed what I mean!
It was against Sporting Lisboa, when the Team had no space and no time to create a chance, when Dani Alves made a cross and Suarez was able to win the header against 4 Sporting defenders!
Lets start with the starting elevens of FC Sevilla and FC Barcelona!
Here we go. It's Barcelona to Kick-Off.
First spell of dominance from Barcelona, as they quickly pass the ball trough their lines, but the first 2 shoots had been blocked.
It is the first corner of the day and it's taken by Lionel Messi he sends high it into the penalty area...
...and he finds Gerard Pique
, who sends right next to the near post, a beautiful header!
What was ter Stegen
doing here? A slow shoot from Denis Suarez
, but ter Stegen almost let it slip trough his hands, luckily for him, it only led to a corner.
Sergio Busquets used his hand, right desicion.
Shoot from Rakitic
, a brillant pass with his heel from Iniesta and Rakitic fired a shoot from around 30m and nearly scored here.
Again Rakitic, who opend the field with a great pass to Dani Alves
, but his cross was blocked to a corner. Luis Suarez was all alone in the penalty area
Busquets with a Interception and a lovely first touch pass to Dani Alves, who directly crossed low into the penalty area. Lionel Messi
almost scored a diving header.
Ivan Rakitic crossed the ball into the penalty area from about 40m and found Iniesta, who made an awesome pass to Lionel Messi
. Messi shoots...
...goaaaaaaal. Lionel Messi doubles the lead.
Again Dani Alves shoots from about 25m, but his shoot was blocked by Sevillas defence. The ball flew all the way to Ivan Rakitic who shoots directly! On the bar, what a rocket that was!
Neymar wins the ball near the Seviila penalty area and he passes quickly to Lionel Messi...
...and it is in! Goooooooal from Lionel Messi, he wouldn't miss that one! 3:0 for Barcelona now, is it over now for Sevilla?
What was Dani Alves
thinking here? An ugly challange by the brazilian defender! He's sent off for a good reason!
What a save by ter Stegen
! No one will talk about his mistake earlier ago now. Vitolo was all alone in front of him, as Gerard Pique slipped but the german talent grabs the ball out of the upper right corner with a brilliant reaction!
Half Time here in Cardiff and Barcelona showed us, why they are the favourit in todays final. A few good chances were created by Ivan Rakitic and Dani Alves, but it was ter Stegens save that secured the half time lead.
Will the ten Barcelona men defend their lead, after Dani Alves was sent off?
The second half is on the way, no changes on both sides
It looks like the first half again, both teams are looking to find themselves after the half time break
Neymar has the ball on the left side and tries to find Andres Iniesta. Iniesta was fouled, but the referee let Barcelona have the advantage, as Rakitic is their to pick up the ball. Rakitic shoots again and again Beto isn't able to save the ball...
...and there is Neymar
again to shoot and it is inside! Gooooaaaaaaaal! Goal! Goal! Goal de Neymar jr.! 4:0 for Barcelona!
Sevilla are dropping their heads now, they seem to have given up themselves.
is subbed in for Neymar jr.
is subbed in for Ivan Rakitic, Ciro Immobile
is subbed in for Kevin Gameiro and Coke
is subbed in for Vitolo, who is out with an injury.
Lionel Messi intercepts the ball on the left side and plays a killer ball to Munir
, who tries to place the ball in the left bottom corner...
...and he can surely place that ball, it's 5:0 now!
79 Sergi Roberto
is subbed in for Andres Iniesta, Evgen Konoplyanka
is also subbed in for Ever Banega
Roberto is on the right side and crossed in the ball to Luis Suarez and he controlls the ball 7m in front of the Goal, but Tremoulinas was able to tackle the ball away.
Rafinha made another great cross right to Luis Suarez, Suarez makes the header, but Beto saves the ball.
That's the final whistle, Sevilla wasn't trying anything in the last few minutes and Barcelona seemed to had enough for today, what a demonstration of strength!