Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 to win Spanish Super Cup in Morocco

Barcelona’s newly installed captain Lionel Messi will lead his team against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona’s newly installed captain Lionel Messi will lead his team against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup

Sevilla have threatened to withdraw from the Spanish Super Cup scheduled to be played on Sunday night after the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the European Union for the tournament.

Luis Suarez squandered a glorious chance for Barca after 28 minutes, with the Uruguayan heading over the crossbar from six-yards out after being picked out by Lionel Messi.

Gerard Pique, who announced his worldwide retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.

But Ben Yedder hit a weak penalty which was easily saved by Ter Stegen. Sevilla are upset about various matters, including: the match being played in Tangier, that it's a one-off match and most recently because of the RFEF confirming there's no limit as to how many non-EU players can be used.

Lionel Messi has been named in the Barcelona starting lineup for their Spanish Super Cup clash with Sevilla this evening - the first match since the Argentine was named the club's new captain.

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Reports suggest that Sevilla could even withdraw from the game in protest.

In the end, 21-year-old winger Malcom, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, was left out of the matchday line-up.

It was reported earlier this week that Barcelona were in the process of acquiring a Portuguese passport for midfielder Philippe Coutinho in order to free up a third non-EU playing spot in their squad and that process is believed to have been completed.

The Spanish Super Cup preceeds every La Liga opener and the match it is between La Liga champions against the Copa del Rey winners, but since Barcelona won the domestic double last season, Sevilla qualify as Copa del Rey runners-up.

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