Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen has helped FC Barcelona to the final of the Spanish Super Cup. The German played a leading role in a penalty shootout of the semi-final against Real Sociedad, which ended in a draw after regular time and extra time (1-1).
Ter Stegen stopped penalties from Jon Bautista and Mikel Oyarzabal and saw Willian José hit the post. Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann failed to score from 11 meters on behalf of Barcelona.
Barcelona will play in the final of the Supercup on Sunday against the winner of the game between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, which will meet on Thursday. The Spanish Supercup is no longer as it used to be between the national champion and cup winner. The numbers 1 and 2 of the rankings are now competing for a prize together with the cup finalists.
De Jong headed Barcelona just before the break, on a pass from Griezmann. Oyarzabal used a penalty kick for Real Sociedad in the 51st minute. Ter Stegen prevented a goal from Joseba Zaldua in extra time with a beautiful save.
Barcelona started in Córdoba without Lionel Messi. The Argentinian had dropped out on Saturday in the game with Granada (0-4) with presumably a minor muscle injury. He did travel to Andalusia, where the final will be played in Seville on Sunday. Sergiño Dest stayed on the bench at Barcelona throughout the game.