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The 2015 UEFA Super Cup was a football match between Spanish teams Barcelona and Sevilla on 11 August 2015 at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was the 40th UEFA Super Cup, an annual tournament contested by the winners of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Barcelona were appearing in the Super Cup for the ninth time, they had previously won and lost the competition four times each. Sevilla were appearing in the competition for the fourth time, they had won once and lost twice. The two sides had met before in the competition in 2006, when Sevilla won 3–0.[5]

2015 UEFA Super Cup
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After extra time
Date11 August 2015 (2015-08-11)
VenueBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Man of the MatchLionel Messi (Barcelona)[1]
RefereeWillie Collum (Scotland)[2]
Attendance51,940[3]
WeatherClear night
27 °C (81 °F)
49% humidity[4]
2014
2016

The teams had qualified for the competition by winning the two seasonal European competitions. Barcelona won the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, defeating Italian Juventus 3–1 in the final. Sevilla qualified as winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. They beat Ukrainian team Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3–2 in the final.[6]

Barcelona won the game 5–4 after extra time to claim their fifth Super Cup title, tying Milan's record.[7] Their ninth Super Cup appearance was also a record, two ahead of Milan. Dani Alves's fourth Super Cup win and fifth appearance matched Paolo Maldini's records, while Luis Enrique became the fourth man to lift the UEFA Super Cup as coach and player after Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone. The nine goals scored was also the most in any Super Cup fixture, and the attendance of 51,940 was a record for a one-off, neutral venue UEFA Super Cup.

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VenueEdit

 
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia, hosted the match.

The Mikheil Meskhi Stadium was originally announced as the venue of the Super Cup at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 5 March 2014,[8][9] but the venue was changed to the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena. This was the first UEFA Super Cup hosted in Georgia.[10] The Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena was built in 1976 and renovated in 2011. It is the home stadium of the Georgia national football team and FC Dinamo Tbilisi.[11]

TeamsEdit

Team Qualification Previous participation (bold indicates winners)
  Barcelona Winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1979, 1982, 1989, 1992, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2011
  Sevilla Winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2006, 2007, 2014

MatchEdit

SummaryEdit

 
Barcelona lift UEFA Super Cup after defeating Sevilla in the final.

Sevilla took the lead in the third minute through a curling free kick from Éver Banega, awarded for a foul on José Antonio Reyes by Javier Mascherano.[12] Barcelona equalised in a similar manner four minutes later, when Lionel Messi scored from a free kick following Grzegorz Krychowiak's foul on Luis Suárez, and then took the lead through another Messi free kick in the 16th minute, after Banega fouled former Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitić.[12] Suárez had a goal ruled out for offside shortly after, but Rafinha made the score 3–1 to Barcelona at half time, sliding in from close range after Suárez's effort was saved by Beto.[12]

Suárez scored early in the second half, assisted by a pass from Sergio Busquets after the midfielder intercepted a pass in the Sevilla half, but Reyes pulled a goal back for Sevilla five minutes later, following a cross from Vitolo.[12] In the 72nd minute, Vitolo was brought down in the Barcelona penalty area by Jérémy Mathieu, and Kevin Gameiro powered home the resulting penalty kick to make the score 4–3.[12] With 10 minutes to play, two Sevilla substitutes combined for the equalising goal, as Ciro Immobile squared the ball across the goal area for Yevhen Konoplyanka to score.[12] Messi almost had a hat-trick of free kicks in the 89th minute, but his attempt hit the crossbar.[12]

Barcelona introduced Pedro in place of Mascherano at the start of the additional half-hour.[12] With five minutes to play in the second half of extra time, he pounced on the rebound from yet another Messi free kick to put Barcelona ahead, just as he had against Shakhtar Donetsk in 2009.[12] Adil Rami had an attempt on goal from the edge of the goal area in injury time at the end of the extra period, but he missed and Barcelona won the Super Cup for a record fifth time.[12] With nine goals shared between the two teams, this was the highest scoring Super Cup.[13]

DetailsEdit

Barcelona  5–4 (a.e.t.)  Sevilla
Messi   7'16'
Rafinha   44'
Suárez   52'
Pedro   115'
Report Banega   3'
Reyes   57'
Gameiro   72' (pen.)
Konoplyanka   81'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barcelona
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sevilla
GK 1   Marc-André ter Stegen
RB 6   Dani Alves   120'
CB 3   Gerard Piqué
CB 14   Javier Mascherano   93'
LB 24   Jérémy Mathieu   71'
RM 4   Ivan Rakitić
CM 5   Sergio Busquets   117'
LM 8   Andrés Iniesta (c)   63'
RF 10   Lionel Messi
CF 9   Luis Suárez
LF 12   Rafinha   78'
Substitutes:
GK 13   Claudio Bravo
DF 15   Marc Bartra   78'
DF 21   Adriano
MF 20   Sergi Roberto   63'
FW 7   Pedro   94'   93'
FW 29   Sandro Ramírez
FW 31   Munir El Haddadi
Manager:
  Luis Enrique
 
GK 13   Beto
RB 23   Coke   87'
CB 3   Adil Rami
CB 4   Grzegorz Krychowiak   14'
LB 2   Benoît Trémoulinas
CM 7   Michael Krohn-Dehli   120'
CM 19   Éver Banega   90+2'
RM 10   José Antonio Reyes (c)   68'
AM 8   Vicente Iborra   80'
LM 20   Vitolo
CF 9   Kevin Gameiro   80'
Substitutes:
GK 1   Sergio Rico
DF 25   Mariano   80'
MF 12   Gaël Kakuta
MF 16   Luismi
MF 17   Denis Suárez
MF 22   Yevhen Konoplyanka   68'
FW 11   Ciro Immobile   92'   80'
Manager:
  Unai Emery

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Damien MacGraith (Republic of Ireland)
Francis Connor (Scotland)
Fourth official:[2]
Graham Chambers (Scotland)
Additional assistant referees:[2]
Bobby Madden (Scotland)
Kevin Clancy (Scotland)

Match rules[14]

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used

StatisticsEdit

BroadcastersEdit

The match was shown on beIN Sports in Spain.[17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b James, Andy (11 August 2015). "Messi thanks Tbilisi fans after Barça beat Sevilla". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Collum to referee Barcelona v Sevilla in Super Cup". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Full Time Report" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Tactical lineups" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ "2006: Sevilla win big in Monaco". UEFA. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Barcelona and Sevilla set for Tbilisi Super Cup". UEFA.com. 6 June 2015.
  7. ^ Johnston, Neil (11 August 2015). "Barcelona 5-4 Sevilla". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  8. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020, UEFA Super Cup decisions". UEFA.org. 30 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Georgia's Dinamo Arena embraces UEFA Super Cup 2015". Agenda.ge. 5 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Venue guide: Tbilisi". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Press Kit" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Pedro is Barcelona's UEFA Super Cup hero again". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  13. ^ Saffer, Paul (11 August 2015). "Messi, Alves among Super Cup record-breakers". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Super Cup 2015" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Half-time report" (PDF). UEFA. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  16. ^ a b c "Team statistics" (PDF). UEFA. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Barcelona vs Sevilla 2015 UEFA Super Cup broadcast, TV Channels". Sports Mirchi.

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