Barcelona were undone by two late goals
Atletico Madrid pulled off a stunning turnaround to beat Barcelona 3-2 in an enthralling Spanish Super Cup tie in Saudi Arabia and book their place in the final of the revamped competition where they will face Real Madrid.
Argentine forward Angel Correa struck the decisive goal in the 86th minute to complete an unlikely late comeback for Atletico after Barca had dominated the second half and had two goals ruled out following VAR reviews.
Substitute Koke had put Atletico in front at the start of the second half but Lionel Messi levelled in the 51st minute. Messi soon put the ball in the net again but his second effort was ruled out for handball following a VAR review.
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Former Atletico striker Griezmann did put Barca in front in the 65th while Gerard Pique thought he had extended their lead moments later but that goal was also ruled out after a VAR review, this time for a fractional offside against Arturo Vidal.
Atleti had spent most of the second half trying to stop waves of Barca attacks but got a lifeline when substitute Vitolo was tripped by goalkeeper Neto and striker Alvaro Morata equalised from the penalty spot in the 81st minute. Stand-in keeper Neto was also at fault for the winning goal, failing to properly block Correa’s shot which bounced into the net to cap an incredible match. (Reuters)
Re-live the action in the blog below:
Right, how’s everyone’s Spanish Super Cup fever?We’ll be back on Sunday to bring you all the action from the final as Atletico Madrid face Real Madrid. It’s interesting to note that these are the two teams that would not normally feature in the Spanish Super Cup, given they didn’t win the league or Copa del Rey.
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid relied on late goals and some sloppy Barcelona defending to book their place in Sunday’s final with city rivals Real Madrid, not that they will mind.Barcelona were leading until 10 minutes from full time when Alvaro Morata converted from the spot and the game was won when Angel Correa’s saved effort made it over the line with precious few minutes for Ernesto Valverde’s side to turn things around.After a forgettable first half that lacked action, Koke marked his introduction after the break with a goal just seconds after coming on.This sparked Barcelona into life and Messi and Griezmann quickly had the LaLiga champions ahead before the late drama unfolded.
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid 90+3: Messi clips in a cross from deep and Pique heads just over.Simeone is looking like a man possessed down there.
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid 90+2: Messi is searching for one final moment of brilliance in this game, in fact he’s been very quiet for large parts of this, and weaves his way past a number of challenges before crossing over everyone in the area and behind for a goal kick.
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid 90: It should be 4-2! Llorente starts running and just does not stop as he eases his way through the entire Barcelona team. His tired shot is well-saved, but he should have done better. Four minutes of added time.
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid 88: Ansu Fati comes on for De Jong.
Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid Scenes! Absolute scenes!Barcelona are so easily undone as Morata sets Correa through on goal. There’s no offside and he’s one-on-one with Neto. The goalkeeper saves his shot but the ball bounces beyond him and into the net!Neto has to do better, but if we’re picking holes in Barcelona let’s start with the massive one in defence.
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid 85: Rakitic is coming on for Busquets.
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid 84: Fair to say that’s caught a lot of us off-guard.
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid No penalty!That is remarkable given Messi was penalised for a handball that was similar in nature in terms of it’s accidentalness. Very strange.
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid 82: Atletico Madrid want another penalty. This is for handball after Pique blocks a cross with a trailing arm. VAR having a look…
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid Cheeky
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid Alvaro Morata converts from the spot!The Atletico Madrid forward sends Neto the wrong way and slots the ball low into the right corner.
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid 80: Penalty for Atletico!Barcelona are caught on the break and Vitolo is brought down in the box by Neto as he rounds the goalkeeper. Just a yellow for Neto.
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid 77: WOW! How have Atletico Madrid not scored!Correra is played through and has all the time in the world to beat Neto but gets caught in two minds and has a shot saved.Ah… the offside flag is up to spare him some blushes.
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid 77: Vidal becomes the seventh player to receive a yellow card for a foul that stops a counter attack.
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid 76: Remember when you could celebrate scoring a goal without the fear of being a fingernail offside? Good times.
Barcelona 2-1 Atletico MadridNope. Offside.Vidal is offside by the barest of margins from the initial free kick pass. That’s very close.