Real Madrid Vs Barcelona Spanish Super Cup 2023 Highlights and outcome. Barcelona emerged victorious in the 2023 Spanish Super Cup final, securing a 3-1 win against Real Madrid on Sunday evening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Blaugrana were the dominant team throughout the match, creating numerous chances and efficiently converting them into goals. This marks the first trophy of the season for Barcelona and the first title for manager Xavi Hernandez.
Exciting First Half:
From the opening whistle, Barcelona dominated the match with their organized, committed, and intense play. The team was confident in possession and defended well as a unit. The first big chance of the match came from a rocket shot from Robert Lewandowski that was deflected onto the post by Thibaut Courtois, with Alejandro Balde narrowly missing the target on the rebound.
Despite limited opportunities, Real Madrid did have one chance on a cross from Ferland Mendy that found Karim Benzema alone inside the box, but the striker missed an easy header that could have been the opener. Barcelona continued to press high up the pitch and this pressure led to the opening goal, as Sergio Busquets won the ball back, Pedri passed it to Lewandowski who quickly moved it to Gavi inside the box, and the youngster showed great poise to use his left foot and fire it home past Courtois.
Just before halftime, Barcelona secured a crucial second goal as Frenkie De Jong played a perfect, line-breaking pass to find Gavi alone on the left wing. Gavi was poised and composed, waiting for the right moment to give Lewandowski an easy tap-in for the second.
Real Madrid Vs Barcelona: Barcelona Secures First Trophy of the Season with 3-1 Win Against Real Madrid in 2023 Spanish Super Cup Final
Super Exciting Second Half:
In an effort to change the tide of the match, Carlo Ancelotti sent Rodrygo off the bench and Madrid started the half with a different intensity to their pressing, trying to win the ball back as quickly as possible in dangerous positions. However, Barcelona remained poised and limited their mistakes in possession, effectively weathering Madrid’s initial burst of energy.
The Blaugrana remained a threat going forward, with Lewandowski and Dembélé forcing big saves from Courtois. With 20 minutes remaining, Barcelona secured the all-important third goal as they won the ball in the Madrid half once again and Gavi produced his second assist of the night with a perfect cross to find Pedri alone for a tap-in at the far post.
After the third goal, Madrid appeared defeated and Ancelotti made more attacking changes in an effort to create a spark. This left the team weaker in midfield and more vulnerable at the back. Despite a few good moments and important saves from Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona never faced real trouble as the match came to a close.
In the final seconds of desperation, Real Madrid finally scored a consolation goal through Benzema, but it was too little too late. The final whistle blew shortly after, and Barcelona secured their first title of the season.
This was a great all-around performance from a very focused, mature, and intense team that were better than their opponents in every department. Barcelona deserved to win the trophy, and they did it against their biggest rivals. It was a sweet Sunday for the Blaugrana.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal (Nacho 72’), Militão, Rüdiger, Mendy; Modric (Ceballos 65’), Kroos (Asensio 72’), Camavinga (Rodrygo 46’); Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
Goal: Benzema (90+3’)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Araujo (Eric 87’), Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Pedri (Roberto 90’), Busquets, De Jong (Kessie 87’); Dembélé (Raphinha 78’), Lewandowski, Gavi (Fati 90’)
Goals: Gavi (33’), Lewandowski (45’), Pedri (69’)