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Super Copa De Espana Final : Barcelona Vs Athletic Club Match Preview, Line Up, Live Info

  Barcelona Vs Athletic Club
SCHEDULE
TIME
MATCH :
Barcelona
 V/s
Athletic Club
(Spanish Copa De Espana)
DATE:
18-01-2021
TIME:
 1.30 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
STADIUM:
Estadio De La Cartuja

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BARCELONA [2]-[3] ATHLETIC CLUB
Man Of The Match - Iker Muniain
  Lineup
Barcelona
Barcelona XI:
Ter Stegen, Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Griezmann, Messi.
 Lineup
Athletic Club
Athletic Club XI:
Unai Simón; Capa, Yeray, I.Martinez, Balenziaga; De Marcos, Vencedor, Dani Garcia, Muniain; Raul Garcia, Williams.


Match Preview


Barcelona will be attempting to win the Spanish Super Cup for the 14th time in their history when they take on Athletic Bilbao in the final of the competition on Sunday night.

Ronald Koeman's side beat Real Sociedad on penalties to advance to the final, while Athletic were surprise winners over Real Madrid, recording a 2-1 victory over the holders on Thursday.

Barca will enter Sunday's final as the favourites, and the Catalan outfit, as mentioned, will be bidding to lift the trophy for the 14th time in their history, reclaiming the crown from Real Madrid in the process.

Koeman's side were given a tough examination by Sociedad in Wednesday's semi-final but managed to triumph on penalties when the two teams could not be separated in normal play.

Barca are now on a run of nine games unbeaten in all competitions, while they have not lost a domestic match since the start of December, with things starting to turn for the club.

The Catalan giants still have a lot of work to do in La Liga if they are to be considered challengers for the title as they sit seven points off leaders Atletico Madrid, who have two games in hand.

Koeman will be determined to lift his first trophy as Barca boss this weekend, but Athletic, having ensured that there would not be another El Clasico, will enter the contest full of confidence.

Many expected Madrid and Barca to lock horns in Sunday's final, but Athletic had not read the script, with the Basque outfit triumphing courtesy of a 2-1 victory in Malaga.

Raul Garcia scored a brace for Marcelino's side, and Los Blancos could not force a late equaliser despite halving the deficit through Karim Benzema in the 73rd minute of the contest.

The Lions have won the Spanish Super Cup on two previous occasions, the last of which came in 2015, when they incredibly beat Barca 5-1 on aggregate, including a 4-0 victory in the first leg at San Mames.

Athletic's last league match was actually against Koeman's side on January 6, and an entertaining match finished 3-2 to the Catalan outfit, with the result leaving Marcelino's side down in 12th position in the table.

The fact that Barca have had 24 hours more to prepare for this contest could make a huge difference, but Los Leones will have their eyes on a quickfire double over the two biggest clubs in Spain.



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BARCELONA [ 2 ] - [ 1 ] ATHLETIC CLUB


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