This Wednesday evening, the first semi-final of the Spanish Supercup pitted Barça against Real Sociedad. A match long undecided, which saw Adnan Januzaj appear in the middle of extra time (103rd minute). And if the Basques were finally eliminated on penalties, coach Imanol Alguacil can only blame himself. Because seeing Januzaj set Barça’s defense on fire, the Real coach must have bitterly regretted not having brought up his Belgian joker earlier.
In the 112th minute, the Brussels resident first addressed a center love (of law, please) to Oyarzabal, too blunt to finish the job after a lightning counterattack. Undoubtedly frustrated by this failure, Januzaj tried his luck alone three minutes later, on a similar race on the right side, this time concluded with a “sharp” from the left that Ter Stegen dismissed with the tips of his fingers of a very nice reflex.
The coup de grace came in the 118th minute, when our compatriot took charge of a free kick to 25 meters. Januzaj’s send off was perfect and headed for the cage … until Ter Stegen pulled off the best of his six saves of the night (his record this season) with another extraordinary save to deflect the ball on his post. “Is there something Ter Stegen can’t do? Januzaj is going to have nightmares about it,” Marca wrote in today’s edition. However, the former Mancunian ended up cheating Ter Stegen, during the penalty shootout. But he saw three of his teammates fail against the German. As a result, Barça will face Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final.