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  • Updated: January 13, 2023

Spanish Super Cup: Ter Stegen Saves Barca To Defeat Betis, To Face Real Madrid

Spanish Super Cup: Ter Stegen Saves Barca To Defeat Betis, T

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen saves Barcelona's blushes twice from the spot on penalties to help set up El Clasico Spanish Super Cup.

The Catalans will face their bitter rivals Real Madrid on Sunday after Carlo Ancelotti's side beat Valencia on penalties on Wednesday.

Barcelona needed spot-kicks to see off Betis after an entertaining draw over 120 minutes at Riyadh's King Fahd Stadium.

Robert Lewandowski put Barcelona ahead after 40 minutes but Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir levelled with 13 minutes remaining.

Ansu Fati smashed in a fine volley to put Barcelona ahead in extra-time but Loren Moron pulled Betis back level with a cunning backheel flick.

Ter Stegen denied Juanmi and William Carvalho in the shootout and Pedri converted the decisive spot-kick.

"(The final) will be a very nice game, everyone wants to see these type of games and we'll be delighted to play it and win it," Ter Stegen told Movistar.

"I would like to have less work in games," Ter Stegen added, acknowledging that he was back to his best.

"For a year I've been at a very good level personally, physically, it's the work too – every day I have a spectacular team that helps me improve and think about how to get better."

Barcelona have not won the Spanish Super Cup since the change to a four-team format, with the first Saudi Arabia edition taking place in 2020.

After finishing last season without a single trophy and investing heavily in the summer despite the club's debts, Xavi and his team are desperate for silverware.

Although winning the Super Cup will not be enough in itself, it would be a step in the right direction and Xavi's first trophy since arriving in November 2021

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