Super Cup: Gavi, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri helped Barcelona to beat Real Madrid 3-1 to become Spanish Super Cup champions on Sunday.
New Delhi ,UPDATED: Jan 16, 2023 09:30 IST
Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-1 to win the Super Cup. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Gavi, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri came to the party as Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3-1 to become the Super Cup champions in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
Barcelona dominated their bitter rivals Real Madrid in all aspect and made the most of Madrid’s mistakes to score.
Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez surprised everyone as he shifted his tactics of 4-3-3 to add an extra man in the midfield, leaving Lewandowski up front and deploying Ronald Araujo at the right back to stop Vinicius Jr.
The electrifying Real Madrid winger Vinicius remained mostly anonymous in the match as Gavi in the left paid dividends to Barcelona. Gavi scored the opening goal as well as providing two assists.
“We strengthened the midfield to look for taking over that area and Araujo was really good stopping Vinicius counters, we left them with no options and felt very comfortable,” captain Sergio Busquets told Movistar Plus.
“We knew that it was an opportunity that we had to seize, we are going through a time of changes in the club and in the dressing room and this win will strengthen us to continue fighting for more titles.”
Barcelona broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute after Antonio Ruediger gave away the ball to Sergio Busquets, whose move ended with Gavi scoring a precise goal with his left-foot.
Lewandowski doubled the lead 12 minutes later when Dani Carvajal was caught out of position. Frenkie de Jong saw Gavi in the empty space and passed a super ball. Gavi then sprinted through to place the ball in a plate for Lewandowski, who completed the job easily.
Real Madrid had no shots on target in the first half and spent most of the second half in fear. Their substitute Dani Ceballos lost the ball in the midfield and Gavi crossed it for Pedri to fire into an empty net.
Karim Benzema netted a consolation goal for Real Madrid in the extra minutes, ending a tough night for his side.