Barcelona defeat Espanyol to win Catalan Super Cup


Barcelona beat Espanyol 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday, to win the Catalan Super Cup.

Barca were without up to 14 first-team regulars including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.

Jasper Cillessen was the hero for Ernesto Valverde’s side, as he saved Jose Manuel Jurado’s penalty to seal the win.

The match ended goalless, but Cillessen was the busier of the two goalkeepers throughout the 90 minutes.

Pau Lopez had little to do in the Espanyol goal before making late saves from Paco Alcacer and Aleix Vidal.

With no extra time, the game went straight to penalties to decide who would be crowned the champions of Catalonia.

Alcacer, Sergi Palencia, Yerry Mina and Abel Ruiz all netted from 12 yards for Barca, while Sergi Darder had already fired over for the Pericos when Jurado saw his spot kick saved.


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