Lionel Messi lifted his maiden trophy as the Barcelona captain as the team secured a 2-1 triumph over Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup. The Spanish champions had the vast majority of possession and chances during the game but they eventually had to scrape through a victory against their Andalusian opponents.
Pablo Sarabia opened the scoring for Sevilla within the ninth minute of the game but goals from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele in either half ensured that the Blaugrana returned as victors from Morocco.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: The Germany international once again proved why he is a quality performer between the sticks. Barely put a foot wrong during the game and saved an injury-time penalty from Ben Yedder with relative ease – 7.5
Nelson Semedo: The Portuguese was fluent with his movement on the right side of the pitch and he made several marauding runs towards the opposition half. He create plenty of problems for Sergi Gomez – 7
Gerard Pique: The experienced centre-back was quick with his distribution skills over the course of the game and even found the scoresheet from a delightful setpiece delivery from Messi – 8
Clement Lenglet: Barcelona’s first summer signing had a rather disappointing performance in the opposition half where he missed a delightful opportunity to score. The Frenchman was however solid with the defensive side of his game – 6.5
Jordi Alba: The Spaniard showed more intent to attack rather than defend during the game and he was partly responsible for Sarabia’s opening goal. Barring this, he managed to play with a decent intensity – 6
Arthur: The midfielder has a respectable debut where they were not any blatant mistakes. Still the supporters would expect more from the Brazilian, who has been taking the easy options in terms of his passing – 6.5
Sergi Busquets: Another comfortable evening for the Spaniard, who was called to make decisive interceptions. Assisted Arthur with the dirty work and was a delight to watch with his distribution – 7
Rafinha: The Brazilian only played the first 45 minutes of the encounter but he may have to do much more to impress Ernesto Valverde. The attacker remains a valuable back-up for the upcoming campaign – 6
Ousmane Dembele: The World Cup winner returned to the Barcelona setup in style with a stunning long-range goal, which turned out to be the winner. Hopefully, the strike can kick-start his Blaugrana career – 8
Lionel Messi: The captain on the night. Messi was simply fabulous with his movement through the game and he did everything other than score. Assisted Pique’s equalising goal in the first half – 8.5
Luis Suarez: The Uruguayan was far off from his best form and appeared isolated from the field of play on occasions. Probably, the marksman needs more time to recover from his World Cup exploits – 6.5
Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho
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