Riyadh ∙ Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup football title by opening a victory lock in the new year. Barça beat Real Madrid 3-1 in the final at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, where youngster Gavi dazzled with a goal and a goal.
Eighteen-year-old Gavi then scored Barca’s first goal in the 33rd minute, paving the way for goals from Robert Lewandowski (45th minute) and Pedri (69th minute).
Real’s consolation goal was scored by Karim Benzema during injury time (90 + 3). This is Barca’s first title after Lionel Messi left the club and after Xavi Hernandez arrived as coach. First win in the Super Cup since 2018 and 14th overall.
Xavi set up Barca in a 4-2-3-1 formation instead of his usual 4-3-3. Lewandowski was the only forward. Midfielder Ronaldo Arroyo moved to the right to catch Vinicius Real. Gavi, who ran on the right wing in front of Frankie Diong in midfield, was the impetus for Barça’s progress. After the first half ended without a shot of a single goal, Real gave up the lead and then played nervously.
Paris ∙ PSG lost in French league football before Lionel Messi returned. Renne beat PSG 1-0 at home in a match where Messi and Neymar were in the starting eleven and Mbappe was a substitute. Defender Hamari Trevor scored the winning goal in the 65th minute.
English Summary: Spanish Super Cup to Barcelona