Marvellous Turan fires Barcelona to Super Cup glory

first_imgTwo goals from Arda Turan and one from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup second leg on Wednesday to seal a 5-0 aggregate victory.The La Liga and King’s Cup champions led 2-0 after the first leg in Seville and Turan’s opening goal early in the first half set Barca on their way to a big win at a packed Nou Camp.The Turkish midfielder picked up a pass from Messi in the ninth minute, ran in on goal and drove a left-foot shot past goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra had a 30th-minute penalty kept out by Claudio Bravo after Samuel Umtiti was penalised for a handball.Turan’s second came one minute after the re-start when he launched an audacious curled shot from 30 yards to stun the Sevilla keeper and send the ball into the top corner. Messi made sure of Barca’s first trophy of the season when he headed Lucas Digne’s pass out of Rico’s reach.“To win a title before the start of La Liga is great,” Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets told Telecinco TV. “We did a fantastic job last season and we are hungry for titles.”Barca were without Neymar, who was on Olympic duty with Brazil, and injured trio Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Jeremy Mathieu and Andres Iniesta.But coach Luis Enrique handed new signings Umtiti, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne their first competitive starts.A minute’s silence was observed before kick-off in honour of former FIFA president Joao Havelange, who died this week.Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla, who lost the UEFA Super Cup 3-2 to Real Madrid last week, made a strong start and in the third minute Wissam Ben Yedder forced Bravo into a full-stretch save to clear his diagonal shot from inside the box.But just when Sevilla were playing at their best, Turan scored.The night got worse for the visitors when Bravo denied Iborra the equaliser and on the stroke of halftime, Gabriel Mercado’s header from Mariano’s cross hit the right post.“It’s always difficult to play against Barcelona and more so when you have a 2-0 deficit from the opening leg,” Sevilla’s Luciano Vietto told Telecinco. “We did our best but it was not to be.”Barca dominated the second half and had to play the last 11 minutes of the game down to 10 men after Javier Mascherano picked up an injury with Luis Enrique having made all his substitutions.The Super Cup is Spain’s traditional season opener between the winners of the league and King’s Cup. Barca won both last season and have now lifted 12 Super Cups.last_img read more

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Clarke pleased as Jones inspires Kilmarnock to victory

first_img“They sat in and defended well especially in the first half. When the game opened up it made it easier for us and it was a pleasing way to start the season.“I don’t know if their back three dropped a bit deeper, which was hard to do, and there seemed to be more space.“Jordan started well in the second half and he is a confidence player and that came back quickly. He was one of a number of good performers.”It was also the first time Kilmarnock won on the opening weekend of the season since 2009 when they defeated Hamilton 3-0 at Rugby Park. Clarke said: “For the club, these records are made to be broken, but we aren’t here to set records, we are here to win football matches.“We wanted to have a good start and we managed to do that, but we have to keep our feet on the ground because we have a difficult game against Livingston next week.”Saints boss Tommy Wright took full responsibility for his side’s “really poor” performance after half-time.He said: “It wasn’t the start I wanted, and it certainly wasn’t the performance I was hoping for either. “We knew this would be a bigger test than we’d had in the pre-season games and the Betfred Cup and I’ll take full responsibility, but I did not see that coming.“The first half was alright, but the second half was really, really poor and their two goals sum it up. “The first goal was a free-kick we didn’t deal with and the second came from a simple 10-yard pass which wasn’t completed, allowing their player to run 40 yards with the ball before he puts it in the top corner.” Steve Clarke hailed his side’s patience and praised Jordan Jones’ second half showing after Kilmarnock defeated St Johnstone on the opening day.Scott Boyd tapped in and Mikael Ndjoli scored a stunner as Killie scored twice after the break to take the three points.Clarke felt his side got more room in the second half as the Saints pushed forward which Jones, in particular, was able to exploit.“It was a difficult game because they came with a game plan to make it hard for us,” said Clarke.last_img read more

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