By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 22:57 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 22:57 GMT, 13 January 2021
Injured Lionel Messi watched from the touchline of Cordoba’s Nuevo El Arcangel stadium as Barcelona won their Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Sociedad on penalties.
With their captain and usual spot-kick taker missing with hamstring problems Ronald Koeman’s team won the shoot-out 3-2 to make it to Sunday’s final.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Marc Andre ter Stegen saved Real Sociedad’s first kick from Jon Bautista. Frenkie de Jong then missed the chance to put Barcelona ahead. Up stepped the usually infallible Mikel Oyarzabal but he missed his first ever penalty with Ter Stegen saving.
Ousmane Dembele was the first to score running up to strike with one foot and burying his kick with the other. And when Willian Jose hit the post and Miralem Pjanic scored Barcelona were almost in the final.
Mikel Merino scored but Antoine Griezmann just had to score and they were through but he skied his kick and Adnan Januzaj scored.
That meant it was B-team midfielder Riqui Puig who stepped up to take the last kick and he scored to put Barcelona in the final.
In normal time Barcelona had taken the lead on 38 minutes when Martin Braithwaite played Griezmann down the left and he crossed for De Jong to head past Remiro. It was a difficult header for the midfielder but leaning back he managed to guide the ball under the crossbar.