Final in Riyadh: Lewandowski meets: Barça wins Supercup against Real

Final in Riyadh: Lewandowski meets: Barça wins Supercup against Real


Final in Riyadh
Lewandowski scores: Barça wins Supercup against Real

Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski scored against Real Madrid.  Photo: Hussein Malla/AP/dpa

Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski scored against Real Madrid. photo

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The goals are wonderfully scored. FC Barcelona makes Real Madrid look bad. This defeat hurts the royals – and Barça celebrates the first title in 2023.

the Barcelona FC snatched the first Spanish football title of the year from arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Riyadh Clásico. The Catalans defeated the royals 3-1 (2-0) in the final at the King Fahd Stadium, also thanks to a brilliant Robert Lewandowski.

The 34-year-old former Bayern forward set up Gavi’s opener in the 34th minute, scoring the second before the break Lewandowski (45th) himself. Goal number three was scored by Pedri (68th) – initiated by Gavi and Lewandowski. Real only scored in injury time through Karim Benzema.

For Barcelona it was the 14th Supercup title, real Madrid remains at twelve successes. Both the semi-finals, in which both finalists only won on penalties, and the final took place in Saudi Arabia, as in 2022. Most recently, FC Barcelona won the Supercup in 2018, Real was the defending champion.

Barça coach Xavi Hernández had already made it clear the day before what attitude his players would have on the pitch: “We are here to win, we are Barça. We are committed to this title.” And that’s how they started, the leaders of the Primera División dominated the first quarter of an hour.

Thibaut Courtois deflected a shot from Lewandowski onto the post. When the outstanding Gavi scored the opening goal, which was preceded by a bad pass from Germany international Antonio Rüdiger, the Belgian had no chance in the Real goal. The same applies to Lewandowski’s goal just before the break. For the Pole it was the 20th goal in the 22nd competitive game of the season. There was little to see of Courtois in front, including Toni Kroos, who was substituted after the 3-0 goal. Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal Barcelona was rarely tested before Benzema met.

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