Barcelona have not won a competitive match by more than one goal since beating Real Antwerp 5-0 in the Champions League last September. Times haven’t gone so well for Xavi Hernandez’s side, losing to Real Madrid-Girona in the league, dropping points in four more games. They also lost two matches in the Champions League. However, the 12 wins that Barca have won are all by the narrowest margins – 1-0, 2-1, 3-2….
Barca’s two-goal streak has never been longer in history. Finally he broke the circle. Barca beat Osasuna 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, where their arch-rival Real Madrid is waiting!
Like a repeat of the 2023 Spanish Super Cup. Last year too, Real Madrid won the first semi-final of this tournament and confirmed the ticket to the final. Just the next day, Xavi Hernandez’s Barca advanced to the title decider with an expected win in the second semi-final.
As easy as the scoreline makes Barca’s win seem, it wasn’t as easy for Xavi’s men. Al Awal Park in the first half of the goal miss ‘rehearsed’ Barsa! Especially the team’s best striker Robert Lewandowski seems to have forgotten to recognize the goal post. The 35-year-old Polish star missed several easy chances.
Although Barca missed the opportunity, Osasuna scared the opponent’s defense in the first half. However, Xavi’s team was saved for the first time by the faithful hands of goalkeeper Inaki Penia. Barca broke the deadlock in the second half. Increases attack range. Its results are also available quickly. In the 59th minute of the match, it was Lewandowski who scored Barca’s first goal from Ilakay Gundwan’s ball.
Substitute Joao Felix almost doubled the margin of the scoreline. But the Portuguese striker’s shot hits the bar. However, another substitute Lamin Yamal made the scoreline 2-0 in the added time of the match. Through this, the Barca prodigy became the youngest goal scorer in the history of the Spanish Super Cup.
Another El Clasico is guaranteed in the Spanish Super Cup with Barca’s victory. Xavi’s men won the title for a record 14th time by defeating Real in the final the previous year. But this time the task will not be easy. However, the confident Barca coach, ‘We don’t just have to play the final, we have to win. Our opponent (Madrid) played very well in the semi-final. This is El Clasico and there are no favourites. Hopefully, the title will be in our hands like last time.