Barcelona’s new signing from Manchester City Ferran Torres was handed his debut, alongside recalls from Frenkie De Jong and Ronald Araujo as the Catalans were edged out of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.
The game got of to a bright start, with the Los Blancos’ side getting the better chances on counter-attacks but could not utilize their chances in the final third.
However, Carlo Ancelloti’s transitional attack finally yielded a goal in the 25th minute after Brazilian Vinicius Junior held his composure from Karim Benzema’s beatiful through ball and fired the ball home into the top corner.
Barca never sit back and watch Madrid celebrate their goal, with Ousmane Dembele in particular caused Madrid’s defence a lot of problems and it was the France international cross that created the equaliser just before the stroke of half-time, after Eder Militao’s attempted clearance came off Luuk De Jong and went past Thibaut Courtois.
Xavi made a tactical substitution in the 65th minute, as Ansu Fati came in to replace De Jong while Ancelotti opted to bring more attacking outfits in the same moment, he brought on Rodrygo in place of Marco Asensio.
Madrid’s talisman Karim Benzema eventually found the back of the net 18 minutes later with a close-range strike from the rebound after Marc- Andre ter Stegen failed do snatch Vini Junior’s shot into his path.
However, Fati restored parity for Barca seven minutes later with a powerful header at the back post after Jordi Alba’s cross, sending the game to extra-time.
Los Blancos remained a threat on the counter-attacks early in extra-time and Federico Valverde eventually broke the deadlock eight minutes in with a stunning finish after nice play from Rodrygo.
However, the Blaugrana never stopped trying and kept on pushing for the equaliser and came close twice minutes thereafter but Sergio Busquets and Dembele’s efforts were denied by Courtois.
Los Blanco’s held on in the end to progress to the final against the winner between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.