Athletic Bilbao won their first trophy in 31 years
Athletic Bilbao have been Spanish Super Cup champions after defeating Barcelona 5-1 total scores.
Aritz Aduriz scored four in two-legged Spanish Super Cup final against Barcelona.
Barça came for the epic comeback. It was epic but there was no comeback as Barcelona failed to overturn Athletic Bilbao’s first-leg lead in the Spanish Super Cup.
Athletic Bilbao won a first trophy in 31 years as a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp secured the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Enrique heads into the new season with some concerns at the back. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was named on the bench after conceding eight goals in his last two games, with Chile international Claudio Bravo starting in his place.
Barcelona's attacking intent often left them exposed at the back, and any hopes of getting the goals they needed ended when Pique was needlessly sent-off midway through the second half. The defender angrily remonstrated with the linesman and the referee produced a straight red.
After a brief spell of Barca dominance, Jeremy Mathieu gifted possession to Aduriz, leaving the forward one-on-one with Bravo and, after his initial effort was saved, Aduriz side-footed home the rebound to put the game beyond Barcelona.
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