Barcelona Beat Espanyol On Penalties To Win The Catalan Super Cup
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was the hero as his side beat Espanyol 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday to lift the Catalan Super Cup
The game had ended goalless, with Cillessen the busier of the two goalkeepers throughout the 90 minutes.
Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez had little to do in the Espanyol goal before making late saves from Paco Alcacer and Aleix Vidal.
Alcacer, Sergi Palencia, Yerry Mina and Abel Ruiz all delivered from 12 yards for an experimental Barca side, while Sergi Darder had already fired over for the Pericos when Jurado saw his spot kick saved.
However, there was also bad news for Barcelona, who lost Denis Suarez to a groin injury in the first half. The midfielder will undergo tests at the club’s training ground on Thursday to discover the extent of the knock.
Their was a first-team debut for Barcelona midfielder Marcus McGuane, who came on for the final 20 minutes.
McGuane, a January signing from Arsenal, becomes the first Englishman to represent Barca since Gary Lineker left the club almost 30 years ago.
There was also 90 minutes for January signing Mina in the middle of the defence, while Ousmane Dembele played for over an hour as he continues to get up to speed after recovering from a second hamstring injury