Spanish Super Cup: Messi lifts first trophy as Barca captain


Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2-1 to win the first ever one-legged Spanish Super Cup game played in Morocco on Sunday with goals from Ousmane Dembele and Gerard Pique cancelling out the strike from Pablo Sarabia for Sevilla.

The win saw Lionel Messi lifting his first trophy as Barcelona captain. It was the Argentine’s first match as captain since taking over from Andres Iniesta who has switched to Japanese league.

The win was the sixth time in nine years that Barcelona lifted the Spanish Super Cup.

Sarabia put Sevilla ahead when the video assistant referee gave a goal which had been ruled out for offside.

But Pique levelled from close range before Dembele then fired Barca into the lead.

Ben Yedder had a chance to restore parity from the penalty, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a last-minute penalty as Barcelona clinched their first title of the season.

In another development, Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern defeated Frankfurt 5-0 to lift German Super Cup at the Commerzbank Arena, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Robert Lewandowski scored a first ever Super Cup hat-trick while Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara were also on target in the final.

Lewandowski scored the opener in the 21st minute heading Joshua Kimmich’s cross past Frederik Ronnow in goal for Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Poland striker, 29, bagged his brace, a second header five minutes later before completing his treble with a fierce left-footed shot 10 minutes after the break.

Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara rounded off the scoring.

The win was a revenge for Bayern, who were beaten 3-1 by Frankfurt in last season’s German Cup final.

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