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Ter Stegen's saves put Barça past Sociedad in Super Cup

Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen makes a save in a penalty shootout during Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match between Barcelona and...
Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen makes a save during Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Nuev...
Barcelona's Riqui Puig celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match between Barcelona and Real Socie...
Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, left, is greeted by teammate Lionel Messi at the end of the Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match be...

Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen makes a save in a penalty shootout during Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match between Barcelona and...

Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen makes a save during Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Nuev...

Barcelona's Riqui Puig celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match between Barcelona and Real Socie...

Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, left, is greeted by teammate Lionel Messi at the end of the Spanish Super Cup semi final soccer match be...

CÓRDOBA, Spain (AP) — Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two crucial saves in extra time and then stopped two penalties in the shootout Wednesday to help a Barcelona side without Lionel Messi beat Real Sociedad and reach the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ter Stegen blocked penalties by Jon Bautista and Mikel Oyarzabal in the shootout before Barcelona substitute Riqui Puig converted the winning spot kick after the game had ended 1-1.

The German goalkeeper also made two superb saves in the final minutes of extra time, stretching to stop two goal-bound strikes by substitute Adnan Januzaj.

Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann missed their penalties for Barcelona, forcing Ter Stegen to keep his team in the shootout before Puig's decisive effort. Ousmane Dembele and Miralem Pjanic also converted theirs for the Catalan club.

De Jong put Barcelona ahead with a skillful header in the 39th. Oyarzabal equalized from the spot after De Jong used his arm to cut off a pass in the area in the 51st.

Messi watched the match from the stands in the intense cold at Córdoba’s Nuevo Arcángel Stadium. He had been substituted early in Barcelona’s 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday. He also missed a 1-1 draw with Eibar two weeks ago due to a right ankle problem.

Barcelona will face the winner of the other semifinal between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao to be played in Granada on Thursday.

The Super Cup was moved to southern Spain after the coronavirus pandemic stopped it from being held in Saudi Arabia for a second straight year as planned.

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Updated : 2021-01-19 14:47 GMT+08:00