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Real Madrid beat Barcelona to go through to Spanish Super Cup final

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Real Madrid beat Barcelona to go through to Spanish Super Cup final

 

Real Madrid are through to the Spanish Super Cup final after beating rivals Barcelona in extra-time.

Federico Valverde slotted in the winner after Ansu Fati’s late equaliser forced extra time in Saudi Arabia.

In a thrilling El Clasico clash, Real took the lead three times, with Barca coming back twice before Valverde eventually made it 3-2.

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Real striker Karim Benzema scored and assisted in normal time, but Luuk de Jong and Fati levelled in each half.

Benzema, who played in Vinicius Junior for the 25th-minute opener, also hit the post in normal time and came close to extending Real’s lead with minutes to go in extra time.

He was a threat throughout, while Vinicius’ pace on the counter-attack caused problems for Barcelona.

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But Xavi’s side also created opportunities, especially through Ousmane Dembele and substitutes Pedri and Fati, though they were unable to capitalise on them.

There was also a full Barcelona debut for former Manchester City forward Ferran Torres, returning from injury, but he did not get on the scoresheet before being substituted at half-time.

Last season’s La Liga champions Atletico Madrid take on Athletic Bilbao on Thursday in the other semi-final, with the winner facing Real Madrid – chasing their 12th Super Cup – in Sunday’s final in Riyadh.

 

Real Madrid beat Barcelona to go through to Spanish Super Cup final

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