Athletic Bilbao won the Spanish Supercopa after beating Barcelona by an aggregate score of 5-1 and containing the Catalans to a 1-1 draw in the second leg at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi scored the only goal for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 69 percent of possession, created 17 goalscoring chances and attempted 10 shots, with four on target and one that hit the crossbar.
Following a 4-0 debacle at the San Mames in the first leg, Luis Enrique's men looked desperate to get a breakthrough from the initial whistle. Their emphasis on scoring early played against them, with key men such as Pedro and Luis Suarez unusually wasteful in front of goal. Behind them, the midfielders were guilty of overplaying and not testing Athletic's goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz from long-range positions.
Athletic, who only conceded 21 away goals in La Liga the past season, frustrated the hosts with their excellent defensive formation. Although the visitors spent the majority of their time behind the ball while trying to cover the heart of their defence, they became increasingly dangerous, thanks to lightning-fast counterattacking transitions that had their striker Aritz Aduriz as an isolated attacking reference.
READ Francesc Tomas' "Gerard Pique and Barcelona struggle vs. Athletic in Spanish Super Cup loss" column, including Player Ratings, for ESPN here.
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