Riqui Puig was the hero for Barcelona’s semifinal victory over Real Sociedad concluding 3-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time, having scored the decisive spot kick after Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong both missed the target.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen also went outstanding for Barcelona with rejections upon Sociedad’s attempt twice from the spot.
Real Madrid will face Athletic Bilbao in the second semi-final to determine Barcelona’s next opponent.
De Jong had a remarkable header for Barca by the 39th-minute after a delivery play thanks to Martin Braithwaite and Griezmann.
La Real even the scores by the 51st-minute when VAR confirmed the ball hit De Jong’s arm on a cross into the box, with Mikel Oyarzabal converting the successful kick from the spot.
Both teams went back and forth with several good chances for the duration, but neither of the two were able to find the second goal before penalties decided the match.
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Both De Jong and Griezmann missed their attempts in the penalty shootout but Ousmane Dembele, Miralem Pjanic, and Ricard Puig were successful in their chances. Mikel Merino and Adnan Januzaj converted for the Basque side.
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Messi was unable to help his fellow teammates due to injury on his left leg, as well as Sergino Dest were unable to start because he was carrying a slight knock.
As for the game, Barcelona struggled in keeping control of the match similar to what they have displayed in recent weeks and tired as the minutes passed. There is still plenty of room for improvement. The fact they had to play 120 minutes, too, in a jam-packed season wasn’t ideal at all.