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Dembele helps Barcelona claim Super Cup title after 2-1 against Sevilla

Dembele helps Barcelona claim Super Cup title after 2-1 against Sevilla

- Dembele, Pique on target as Barca defeated Sevilla by a slim margin to win the 2018 Spanish Super Cup title

- Sarabia gave the hosts the lead earlier in the game as Spanish football tested VAR for the first time

- This victory means the Catalans have won a total of 13 Super Cup titles - three more than Real Madrid

La Liga champions Barcelona came from one goal down to beat Sevilla 2-1 and win their 13th Super Cup title at Stade de Tanger in Morocco on Sunday.

Spain midfielder Pablo Sarabia opened scoring for Los Rojiblancos in the 9th minute but the referee needed to consult the Video Referees Assistant before allowing the goal to stand.

However, a Gerard Pique's 42nd minute equaliser restored parity for the Catalan side just three minutes before the end of the first half of the encounter.

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After benefiting from a Lionel Messi's free-kick that hit woodwork but fell into the laps of the former Spain international to level up for the away team.

While World Cup winning superstar Ousmane Dembele shot Camp Nou outfit to victory with a long range powerful shot less than 12 minutes to the end of the game.

As Lionel Messi marks his reign as the club's new captain with his first title - his 33rd since he he joined the team in the early 2000s.

Both sides had a couple of chances created in the second half but it was only the Frenchman that converted his, and gave his club the winner.

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Sevilla had a chance to stretch the game into penalties after Marc-Andre ter Stegen tripped former teammate Aleix Vidal in the 90th minute.

But the German born goalkeeper was well positioned to save Wissam Ben Yedder's spot kick and the Blaugrana ran away with the trophy.

As Barcelona remain the most successful club in the competition with 13 titles, with Ream Madrid closely following with 10.

Deportivo La Coruña are 3rd on the log with three while both Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao both have two titles each.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde two of his summer signings Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo their first competitive start at the club, but there was no place for Malcom in the match day squad.

While embattle Dembele played for 86 minutes before being substututed for new signing Arturo Vidal later in the game.

Legit.ng previously reported that Sevilla threatened to boycott their Super Cup encounter against Barcelona on Sunday if they name more than three non-European Union players for the match.

Spanish football federation announced that there will not be restrictions on the number of non-EU players as it classed the game as "not professional".

According to the rule governing the game in Spain, only three non-EU players are allowed in each La Liga matchday squad.

It had been thought the Spanish Super Cup was the same but Sevilla said they would object to "an improper line-up".

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Source: Legit.ng

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