Sevilla threaten to pull out of Super Cup against Barcelona

Sevilla threaten to boycott Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona

FC Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2-1 to win the Spanish Super Cup and with Andres INIESTA no longer at the club, it meant that Lionel MESSI is club captain.

A Sevilla club statement read: "Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF [Spanish football federation]'s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup".

Pablo Sarabia had sent Sevilla ahead in the early stages of the match, but Gerard Pique levelled late in the first period before Dembele's stunner 12 minutes from time saw Barcelona lift the Spanish Super Cup for the 13th time.

Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area.

A penalty given away by Ter Stegen in the 90th minute gave Sevilla a route back into the game, but the German goalkeeper did extremely well to guess right and save from Wissam Ben Yedder.

Gerard Pique, who announced his global retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.

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Franco Vazquez then headed an Ever Banega corner onto the crossbar moments later as Sevilla came within inches of taking the lead in Morocco once again.

"I don't know if he needs matches like today, that is a question for him", head coach Valverde said when asked if Sunday would have boosted Dembele's confidence.

Sevilla qualified for the match as last season's Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.

Played in Tangier, Morocco, this was the first Spanish Super Cup held outside Spain and the first time it was played as a single match, instead of a two-leg series.

The use of VAR was hailed as a success at the 2018 World Cup and has been approved for use in La Liga this season, following Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A which introduced the technology past year.

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