Aritz Aduriz completed the job he started last week, by netting the goal to clinch Athletic Bilbao’s Super Copa triumph over Barcelona - following his first-leg hat-trick.
Ernesto Valverde’s side came into the match with a 4-0 lead and never really looked like relinquishing it, despite Barcelona’s territorial dominance and superiority in possession of the ball - with Luis Enrique making six changes to the team that lost so heavily on Friday.
Lionel Messi found the net just before the break with a well-taken volley from close range to give Barca at least some hope of staging a comeback, but the hosts’ chances were effectively ended with the dismissal of Gerard Pique.
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Lionel Messi is surrounded by Bilbao players

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Aduriz secured the Super Copa win for his side after 74 minutes, making the most of atrocious defending to finish past Claudio Bravo. The sending off of substitute Kike Sola did little to dampen Athletic Bilbao jubilation as they lifted a piece of silverware for the first time in 31 years.

KEY EVENTS

9’ HUGE CHANCE FOR PEDRO! Iniesta allows the ball to run through to Pedro at the back post, but the Manchester United target manages to scoop his shot over the bar. It took a deflection though.
10’ OFF THE CROSSBAR! The corner kick comes in from the left side, with Pique meeting the delivery on the half-volley. But the centre-back smashes his effort off the crossbar! So close.
35’ AIR-KICK FROM PEDRO! That was a great opportunity for the Spanish international! The ball fell to the edge of the box, but Pedro completely misses his kick and the chance is gone. Whoops!
38’ BALLOONED OVER THE BAR! Rakitic smashes a half volley across the box, but Iniesta smashes his effort from the edge of the area well over the bar. I think they call that a duffer.
42’ WHY DIDN'T HE PASS TO ADURIZ! Barcelona get themselves into all sorts of trouble with a loose pass, but Eraso decides to shoot himself rather than square for Aduriz - and hits the side netting.
44’ GOAL! Barcelona 1 Athletic Bilbao 0: They have they goal they needed before the break! Messi takes the ball down on the chest from a cross into the box and finishes past Iraizoz!

Barcelona players try to retrieve the ball after Messi's goal

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56’ THAT WAS A BACK PASS! Aduriz plays the ball out to Susaeta, who has time and space to take the shot from the edge of the box, but it's tame and Bravo makes the simple save.
59’ SENT OFF! WOW! Pique raged at the linesman for not flagging Aduriz offside, and the Barcelona centre back has been shown a red card for his reaction. The referee decided that he crossed the line.
60’ HOW LUCKY WAS THAT?! The long ball is played over the top, with Suarez bringing it down inside the box. He wriggles his way past the keeper, but the defender manages to kick the clearance into Iraizoz's arms.
62’ RAKITIC MISSES A SITTER! Mathieu gets down the left side and plays the pass to the back post for the Croatian, but it hits his knee and flashes past the near post when he should have finished!
77’ JUST PAST THE POST! Messi wins the ball inside the Athletic box, and plays it to Suarez - who drives hard at the opposition defence. But he puts his shot wide of the target.
78’ GOAL! Barcelona 1 Athletic Bilbao 1: There's the goal that should win it for Aduriz! He shoots at Bravo from a one-on-one situation, but sticks away the rebound.
88’ SENT OFF! Kike Sola (Athletic Bilbao). The away side have also been reduced to 10 men now, with the striker putting in a nasty challenge on Mascherano. That was studs up.

KEY STATS

Kike Sola became the first Athletic Bilbao player to be sent off in Spanish Super Copa history.
Artiz Aduriz is the first player to score four goals in one Spanish Super Cup series.
Lionel Messi became the first player to score in five different Spanish Super Copa matches (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015).

TALKING POINT

Has Pedro played his last game for Barcelona?
Of all the Barcelona players providing drive and energy in their efforts to overturn the 4-0 deficit, Pedro contributed more than anyone else. The Spanish international gave it his all - although lacked a finishing touch - and was visibly irked with being substituted in the second half. So has he played his last game for the Camp Nou club? Manchester United are interested and Pedro is unhappy with the lack of first-team opportunities being thrown his way. This display however proved that Barca will miss him.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Mikel Balenziaga
The left-back kept Lionel Messi under wraps for the majority of the first leg, and pulled off the same trick for much of the second leg too. The Argentinean might have found the net, but he didn’t have much influence on the contest as a whole - and that was largely down to the performance of Mikel Balenziaga.

PLAYER RATINGS

Barcelona - Bravo 6, Alves 5, Pique 5, Mascherano 5, Mathieu 5, Busquets 7, Rakitic 6, Iniesta 5, Messi 6, Pedro 7, Suarez 6. Subs - Sandro 5, Munir 5.
Athletic Bilbao - Iraizoz 7, Boveda 6, Etxeita 8, Laporte 8, Balenziaga 9, Gurpegi 6, Benat 6, De Marcos 6, Eraso 6, Susaeta 6, Aduriz 8. Subs - Rico 5, Elustondo 5, Sola.
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