Ousmane Dembele fired a spectacular winner to seal a 2-1 Supercopa de Espana triumph for Barcelona over Sevilla as Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a last-gasp penalty in Tangier
Sevilla president Jose Castro voiced objections over the Spanish season's curtain-raiser being taken away from its traditional two-legged format to be played in Morocco but Pablo Machin's side started the brighter.
Pablo Sarabia followed his three goals in the Europa League preliminary stages with a ninth-minute opener that was cancelled out by Gerard Pique three minutes from half-time.
1 - Gerard Pique has scored his 40th goal for Barcelona in all competitions and the first one in the Spanish Supercopa (14 games). Premiere. pic.twitter.com/eOrLctv3Bi— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 12, 2018
Dembele put the injury misery that ruined his debut season in Catalonia behind him by blasting in a rasping right-footed strike via the crossbar, although there was a final twist
Ter Stegen brought down ex-Barca full-back Aleix Vidal, only to atone for his clumsiness by holding a tame spot-kick from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.
Lifting the trophy, new Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has now won more trophies with the club than another player.
1 - Lionel Messi has won 33 trophies as Barcelona player, the most by a player in the history of the club. Idol. pic.twitter.com/s2zXwmbnwt— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 12, 2018