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Barcelona Sprint To Supercopa Success: Barcelona 3 – 0 Sevilla

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Barcelona's players celebrates after winning the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 17, 2016. / AFP / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

An Arda Turan inspired Barcelona brushed aside Sevilla to lift the Spanish Supercopa.

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The 29-year-old scored a brace and put in his best Blaugrana performance to date, linking up with Lionel Messi and Munir to complete Barça’s attacking trio.

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Though the Turkish international opened the scoring after just 9 minutes to all but put the tie beyond the Europa League champions, it was the Andalusians that started on the front foot.

Barca’s penalty area was bombarded by Jorge Sampaoli‘s men in the opening exchanges and a shaky Javier Mascherano gifted the visitors various opportunities on goal. Los Rojiblancos came to the Camp Nou with nothing to lose following their 2-0 defeat in the first leg 4 nights prior and after four clear chances in the first moments, Claudio Bravo‘s crossbar was rattled by a header from Wissam Yedder.

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A tense looking Luis Enrique began to relax as Messi linked up with new boy Andre Gomes before sliding through a glorious pass which Turan tucked away neatly to make it mission impossible for Sevilla as they would now have to score 4 to overcome the two Barcelona away goals.

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With Messi dropping deep and switching from left to right, Enrique’s men were in control, however, Sampaoli’s teams never lack spirit or guts and when Yevhen Konoplyanka robbed possession before crossing, the ball was fired against the arm of Samuel Umtiti and a penalty was awarded to the Chilean coach’s men.

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Captain Vicente Iborra stepped up and saw his shot saved smartly by Bravo low to his right and Umtiti inhaled a breath of fresh air following his booking for the infringement.

The 22-year-old Frenchman went on to play a magnificent game at centre back and didn’t look out of place surrounded by his world class teammates. With a score 98% for pass completion, Umtiti could be mistaken for a La Masia graduate as his composure and coolness on the ball is as eye-catching as his positional awareness and defensive solidarity.

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Just 55 seconds into the second half, the Spanish champions doubled their lead when a poorly executed Sergio Rico kick was deflected into the path of Turan who converted the ball home with a beautifully chipped effort that curled over the head of the Sevilla stopper and into the top corner. The blue and red ribbons were being tied to the trophy and now it was party time.

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Another addition to Barca’s ranks is the 23-year-old Lucas Digne. Similar in attributes and stature to those of Jordi Alba, the flying Frenchman is keen to attack at any given chance and it was his cross from the left that was headed home spectacularly by captain for the evening Leo Messi.

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The 5 -foot-6 inch Argentine leapt like a salmon to tower above his international teammate Gabriel Mercado and somehow guide his header back across goal to creep into the far corner past a despairing Sergio Rico dive.

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Following the final whistle, Messi stepped up to lift the 12th Supercopa de Espana for Barcelona, a record amount and celebrations ensued with families of players and staff entering the field to congratulate their loved ones.

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Interestingly, the two will face each other’s across-town rivals this weekend and although Mascherano picked up a minor knock in the latter stages of the evening to join both Andres Iniesta and Jeremy Mathieu on the injury list, Sevilla entertain the team from the other side of the Catalan city in Espanyol later that evening.

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