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Ter Stegen thrilled as spectacular display sends Barcelona into Supercopa final

SoccerNews in La Liga 14 Jan 2021

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen was delighted his man-of-the-match display helped Barcelona progress to the final of the Supercopa de Espana.

Ronald Koeman’s side won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with La Real in the first semi-final in Cordoba.

Mikel Oyarzabal’s penalty cancelled out Frenkie de Jong’s header in normal time and there was little to split the sides in an end-to-end contest.

Ter Stegen produced six saves in 120 minutes including an impressive one-on-one stop to deny Alexander Isak and a flying one-handed save from Joseba Zaldua, and he even appeared to get fingertips to an Adnan Januzaj free-kick that clattered off the post.

The Germany international saved Sociedad’s first two penalties in the shoot-out, including from Oyarzabal, before Riqui Puig’s decisive effort sent the Catalans through.

Ter Stegen, who said he had not “studied” for a possible shoot-out, was left frustrated that he did not quite reach Januzaj’s effort to end the penalties earlier.

“I’m very happy with the game, but I could have saved one more penalty,” he said.

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