Player ratings as Inaki Williams strikes wins Spanish Supercopa
Athletic Club won a 3-2 win over Barcelona after extra time thanks to a strike from Inaki Williams to lift the Supercopa de España trophy on Sunday night.
The Blaugrana saw most of the ball early in the game but struggled to break through the rigid and organized lines of Bilbao. That said, Marc-Andre ter Stegen was forced to make a superb save on Ander Capa’s strike in the 25th minute.
However, it was Barcelona who found the first goal when the ball broke Antoine Griezmann’s path in the box, before the Frenchman clinically made his way home. Bilbao, however, stepped directly onto the pitch from kick-off and responded instantly when the Williams cross found Oscar de Marcos, who finished calmly at the back post in front of a Ter Stegen in a hurry to tie the teams at the break.
Bilbao had a goal canceled in the tenth minute of the second half when Iker Munain’s free kick found Raul Garcia in an offside position. The second half continued at a slow pace until the 77th minute when Barcelona found a second thanks to Griezmann, who calmly scored after a good job on the left between Ousmane Dembele and Jordi Alba.
The Blaugrana couldn’t see the game end, however, and conceded a disappointing 90th-minute equalizer as a free kick found Asier Villalibre, who finished three yards away to lead the game into extra time.
It didn’t take long for the Basque side to take the lead for the first time, as Williams produced a bit of magic to find the top corner with a spectacular strike for the game’s decisive strike.
Despite knocking on Athletic’s door during extra time, Barcelona couldn’t find an answer to Williams’ strike. Things got worse when Lionel Messi was given a red card for an off-the-ball incident with Villalibre, ending La Blaugrana’s hopes and allowing Bilbao to claim a 3-2 victory.
Now, alongside Barcelona.
Marc-André ter Stegen (GK) – 6/10 – Despite some good stops, he couldn’t provide the same heroes as the semi-final, and really wasn’t helped by his defenders.
Sergino Dest (RB) – 5/10 – Was forced to half-time by injury. He didn’t fail, however, failing to make an offensive impact in the first 45 – no crosses or key passes.
Ronald Araujo (CB) – 7/10 – Another guaranteed performance at the rear. The Uruguayan made a crucial tackle as Williams looked at the goal 1-1, as well as five clearances to get his team out of danger.
Clément Lenglet (CB) – 6/10 – Won the ball three times for his team, but had to rely on Araujo’s pace on several occasions.
Jordi Alba (LB) – 3/10 – Provided a good assist for his team’s second, but was responsible for both Bilbao equalizers in normal times with a really terrible defense – one to be forgotten is the least of all. ‘you could say.
Sergio Busquets (DM) – 7/10 – He made 124 touches, tying the defense and the players in front of him, while recovering the ball five times. Another great demonstration before taking off.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – 7/10 – A poor performance in the first 45 but normalcy resumed afterwards as he advanced, offered options in the final third and distributed the ball quickly and efficiently, eventually reaching a 96% pass accuracy.
Pedri (CM) – 5/10 – was barely noticeable in the first half and really struggled in the second as Bilbao’s physiognomy left him neither time nor space on the ball.
Ousmane Dembele (RW) – 5/10 – The winger played a crucial role in preparing for Barcelona’s second goal, but for the most part he found no end product in his game, as he inexplicably preferred to cut into a sea of bodies every time he had the ball.
Lionel Messi (ST) – 5/10 – One to forget for Messi. Failed to make an impact after playing a pivotal role in the opener, being put together to perfection when he fell deeply. His scorching outing came to an end when he was sent off in the 119th minute.
Antoine Griezmann (LW) – 7/10 – Another good performance from the Frenchman scoring his third and fourth goals in three matches for La Blaugrana. The striker had a tough chance in the 110th minute, but couldn’t get back into the box to bring the teams up to level.
Oscar Mingueza (RB) – 6/10 – The 21-year-old provided more offensive momentum on the right in place of Dest, but always struggled defensively, making just one tackle.
Miralem Pjanic (CM) – 5/10
Martin Braithwaite (RW) – 6/10
Riqui Puig (CM) – 7/10 – showed off a wonderful range of passing and technical abilities. The Blaugrana looked more menacing after arriving, completing dribbles and finishing with 96% passing accuracy.
Trincao (ST) – 5/10