Athletic Bilbao beats Barcelona in the extra time and wins the Super Copa

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Athletic Bilbao lifted their third Spanish football Super Cup by beating FC Barcelona 3-2 in extra time, after 2-2 at the end of regular time, in the final played at the Olympic Stadium in Seville.

Barcelona were twice ahead, with goals from Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, in the 40th and 77th minutes, but Athletic tied for another two, by Óscar de Marcos, in the 42nd, and Asier Villalibre, in the 90th, and reached the triumph, already in extra time, by Inaki Williams, at 94.

The meeting in Seville, without an audience, was also negatively marked by the expulsion of Argentine Lionel Messi, who saw a red card straight at 120+1 minutes, for improper conduct, in a decision validated with the use of the video referee.

In the final minutes of the first half, FC Barcelona shook off the pressure from the Basques and took the lead by Frenchman Antoine Griezmann in the 40th minute following a cross by Jordi Alba in an opening by Lionel Messi.

Athletic’s response was immediate and the tie came by Óscar de Marcos, in the 42nd minute, taking advantage of a shot from Inaki Williams to the back of the Catalan defense.

In the second half, Lionel Messi created danger through a free kick, but Athletic was the one to put FC Barcelona in a sense with a goal by Raul Garcia, canceled with the use of the video referee, due to an irregular position.

FC Barcelona returned to the advantage with another goal from Griezmann, in the 77th minute, in an assist by Jordi Alba, but Athletic never gave up the game and reached the 2-2 draw by Asier Villalibre, in the 90th minute, by Iker Muniain’s pass, taking the game to extra time.

A goal from Inaki Williams, in the 94th minute, with a strong kick to the far corner of the goal saved by Ter Stegen, who made the ball still hit the iron, definitively sentenced the game in favor of Athletic.

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