Very early in the final for the Spanish Supercup, the VAR again showed that he arrived not only to stay but to avoid injustice. Thanks to his intervention, and as happened so many times in the World Cup in Russia, a bad intervention of the assistant referee was revised and so Sevilla could celebrate against Barcelona. It happened at 8 minutes, when Sarabia received in good position and beat with a shot crossed to Ter Stegen. It was 1-0, but the assistant raised the flag by pointing off-side. In the review it was clear that he was qualified and then the referee finally validated the goal that left those of Messi at a disadvantage.
The goal changed, with all logic, the libretto of the game. Sevilla embraced the victory and was buttoned in defense, while a Barcelona that was short of shooting was trying to get close to Vaclik's bow. Dembelé's climbs shook the drowsiness, while Semedo did his thing on the right side and Messi – who assumed as the new azulgrana captain and returned to compete after just ten days of training – he did his artisan job to find the holes in the Andalusian defense. Within that scenario, a ball stopped Messi at 26, which nodded Lenglet up, and a cross shot by Suarez from inside the area that went just wide of the mark, the clearest chances were to reach the tie. Barcelona collided again and again, but on the other hand Sevilla was a chimera to pass half court with the ball dominated.
It was difficult for those of Banega and Mercado to put up with that scenario, having so much talent on the other side. And at 41 the first time appeared the great opportunity to put justice on the scoreboard: a free kick on the edge of the area, ideal for the punch of Messi. La Pulga did not let it go and looked for the goalkeeper's stick with precision: the ball hit the post, bounced on Vaclik's back and was served for Pique to push her to the equalizer.
Teams: Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rafinha, Arthur, Busquets; Dembélé, Suárez, Messi. Coach: Ernesto Valverde.Sevilla: Vaclik; Kjaer, Mercado, Sergi Gómez; Jesus Navas, Roque Mesa, Banega, Escudero; Sarabia, Muriel, Vázquez. Coach: Pablo Machín.