Barcelona ease to a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid: Barcelona won their first title of the season on Sunday, defeating Real Madrid 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup final.
Barcelona defeated Real Madrid deservedly and comfortably in Saudi Arabia, with a goal from Gavi, Robert Lewandowski, and Pedri.
Madrid, who had no shots on target in the first half, spent most of the second in panic mode, trying to avoid a bigger defeat. Yet, once again a costly mistake allowed Barcelona to score.
The substitute Dani Ceballos lost the ball in midfield and Gavi sprinted forward and crossed for Pedri to fire point-black into the empty net.
Karim Benzema scored a consolation goal in added time, striking home on the rebound after Marc-André ter Stegen repelled his first attempt.
It is Xavi’s first trophy as Barcelona coach, as well as Sergio Busquets’ first piece of silverware as captain.
Barcelona ease to a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid
Barcelona will be hoping that this is not their only trophy this season. Catalans will return to Spain with a three-point advantage atop the table.
Xavi’s team is still in contention for the Copa del Rey and the Europa League, and they play Ceuta in a cup match on Thursday.