Barcelona win Spanish Super Cup after late penalty save

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Sevilla had a late penalty when Ter Stegen fouled Aleix Vidal but he held Wissam Ben Yedder's weak spot-kick.

Sunday's Spanish Super Cup final may not go ahead after Sevilla threatened to pull out of the match if Barcelona field more than three non-EU players.

It was Sevilla who took the lead after just eight minutes as Lucas Muriel set up Pablo Sarabia, who sent a fine curling effort past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

The equaliser eventually arrived four minutes before the break as Gerard Pique slotted into an empty net after Messi's free-kick had come off the post.

Gerard Pique, who announced his worldwide retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.

On Saturday, the Spanish football federation clarified that, unlike in La Liga, there were no restrictions on non-EU players for the Spanish Super Cup because the game was considered "not professional".

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New signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur will likely be Barca's three non-EU players on Sunday, although Brazilian centre-back Marlon has also travelled with the squad.

It had been thought the Spanish Super Cup was the same but Sevilla said they would object to "an improper line-up".

It has said that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered.

The 21-year-old winger was signed in a surprise £36.5 million deal from Bordeaux this summer and was expected to make his official debut against Sevilla.

Luis Suarez squandered a glorious chance for Barca after 28 minutes, with the Uruguayan heading over the crossbar from six-yards out after being picked out by Lionel Messi.

Sevilla qualified for Sunday's match as last season's Copa del Rey runners-up after Barcelona won the league and cup double.

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