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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Angry Bayern bosses back team and coach

first_imgBayern Munich bosses on Friday threw their support behind coach Niko Kovac and his players despite a four-game winless streak in all competitions, accusing the media of “disrespectful” reporting.The German champions, who have won the last six league titles but are sixth in the standings, travel to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, knowing any result other than victory would sink them deeper into crisis.But club president Uli Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge accused the media of “outrageous, disrespectful and polemical” reporting and warned them of possible legal action.“When I read about Manuel Neuer then I just have no words. I would like to remind you that Manuel was world goalkeeper of the year four times,” Rummenigge told reporters. “Same goes for Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.”Speaking at a news conference scheduled at short notice, the club bosses said reporters should now expect “mail from our media lawyer” for any false or inaccurate reports.“I don’t know if there are special laws for the media but we will not accept this kind of reporting any longer,” Rummenigge said“Today is an important day as we inform you that we will no longer tolerate this derogatory and derisive reporting. We will protect our coach, players and club. It is outrageous, disrespectful and polemical.”Kovac earlier on Friday said all Bayern needed was a bit of luck to turn things around.“Not everything is as grim as it is presented and I also said after our good start this season that not everything was rosy,” Kovac, in his first season at Bayern, said.“Changing everything now would just be doing it for the sake of change and that never works,” said Kovac. “You have to stick to your plan.“Throwing everything overboard and inventing something on the spot does not make sense. You will never get that from me.”Bayern, pre-season favourites for a seventh straight league title, have lost two of their last three Bundesliga games to drop to sixth place on 13 points, four behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.“We cannot be negative, we want to be positive,” said Kovac, whose team face AEK Athens in the Champions League next week.“But we need that bit of luck. You need it in life and you need it in sport. If we get that, because we have been creating the chances in every game, then it will work for us again.”The Croat said Colombian James Rodriguez, who returned from international duty late on Thursday evening, should also be fresh for Saturday’s league game.last_img read more

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