2015 UEFA Super Cup

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2015 UEFA Super Cup
2015 UEFA Super Cup logo.jpg
After extra time
Date 11 August 2015 (2015-08-11)
Venue Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Man of the Match Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Referee Willie Collum (Scotland)
Attendance 51,940
Weather Clear night
27 °C (81 °F)
49% humidity[1]
2014
2016

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.[2]

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.[3]

Barcelona won the game 5–4 after extra time to claim their fifth Super Cup title, tying Milan's record.[4] 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.[5]

Venue[edit]

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,[6][7] but the venue was changed to the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena. This was the first UEFA Super Cup hosted in Georgia.[8] 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.[9]

Teams[edit]

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

Match[edit]

Summary[edit]

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.[10] 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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[10] In the 72nd minute, Vitolo was brought down in the Barcelona penalty area by Jérémy Mathieu, and Kévin Gameiro powered home the resulting penalty kick to make the score 4–3.[10] 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.[10] Messi almost had a hat-trick of free kicks in the 89th minute, but his attempt hit the crossbar.[10]

Barcelona introduced Pedro in place of Mascherano at the start of the additional half-hour.[10] 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.[10] 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.[10]

Details[edit]

11 August 2015 (2015-08-11)
22:45 GET (UTC+4)
Barcelona Spain 5–4 (a.e.t.) Spain Sevilla
Messi Goal 7'16'
Rafinha Goal 44'
Suárez Goal 52'
Pedro Goal 115'
Report Banega Goal 3'
Reyes Goal 57'
Gameiro Goal 72' (pen.)
Konoplyanka Goal 81'
Barcelona
Sevilla
GK 1 Germany Marc-André ter Stegen
RB 6 Brazil Dani Alves YC 120'
CB 3 Spain Gerard Piqué
CB 14 Argentina Javier Mascherano Substituted off 93'
LB 24 France Jérémy Mathieu YC 71'
RM 4 Croatia Ivan Rakitić
CM 5 Spain Sergio Busquets YC 117'
LM 8 Spain Andrés Iniesta (c) Substituted off 63'
RF 10 Argentina Lionel Messi
CF 9 Uruguay Luis Suárez
LF 12 Brazil Rafinha Substituted off 78'
Substitutes:
GK 13 Chile Claudio Bravo
DF 15 Spain Marc Bartra Substituted in 78'
DF 21 Brazil Adriano
MF 20 Spain Sergi Roberto Substituted in 63'
FW 7 Spain Pedro YC 94' Substituted in 93'
FW 29 Spain Sandro Ramírez
FW 31 Spain Munir El Haddadi
Manager:
Spain Luis Enrique
Barcelona vs Sevilla 2015-08-11.svg
GK 13 Portugal Beto
RB 23 Spain Coke YC 87'
CB 3 France Adil Rami
CB 4 Poland Grzegorz Krychowiak YC 14'
LB 2 France Benoît Trémoulinas
CM 7 Denmark Michael Krohn-Dehli YC 120'
CM 19 Argentina Éver Banega YC 90+2'
RM 10 Spain José Antonio Reyes (c) Substituted off 68'
AM 8 Spain Vicente Iborra Substituted off 80'
LM 20 Spain Vitolo
CF 9 France Kévin Gameiro Substituted off 80'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Spain Sergio Rico
DF 25 Brazil Mariano Substituted in 80'
MF 12 France Gaël Kakuta
MF 16 Spain Luismi
MF 17 Spain Denis Suárez
MF 22 Ukraine Yevhen Konoplyanka Substituted in 68'
FW 11 Italy Ciro Immobile YC 92' Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Spain Unai Emery

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)[13]

Assistant referees:
Damien MacGraith (Republic of Ireland)[12]
Francis Connor (Scotland)[12]
Fourth official:
Graham Chambers (Scotland)[12]
Additional assistant referees:
Bobby Madden (Scotland)[12]
Kevin Clancy (Scotland)[12]

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

Statistics[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tactical lineups" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "2006: Sevilla win big in Monaco". UEFA. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Barcelona and Sevilla set for Tbilisi Super Cup". UEFA.com. 6 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Johnston, Neil (11 August 2015). "Barcelona 5-4 Sevilla". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Messi, Alves among Super Cup record-breakers". UEFA.com. 11 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020, UEFA Super Cup decisions". UEFA.org. 30 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Georgia's Dinamo Arena embraces UEFA Super Cup 2015". Agenda.ge. 5 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Venue guide: Tbilisi". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Press Kit" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Full Time Report" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Collum to referee Barcelona v Sevilla in Super Cup". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  13. ^ James, Andy (11 August 2015). "Messi thanks Tbilisi fans after Barça beat Sevilla". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  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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