Atlético set up an all-Madrid final in the Supercopa de Espana after coming from behind to defeat Barcelona on Thursday evening. 


This one had it all. VAR controversy, great goals and a superhuman performance from Jan Oblak, punctuated of course by cries of VALVERDE OUT. 

 

Before all that though the announcement of each side's starting XI attracted the usual smattering of calm and balanced reaction on social media. 


Some Barca fans were besides themselves with joy as they saw the much-maligned Ivan Rakitic absent from the lineup. However, others were less impressed at the inclusion of Neto in goal... even though Marc-André ter Stegen's injury left Ernesto Valverde with little choice in the matter.

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​​The first chance of the game came twenty minutes in, with Lionel Messi (who else) surging through the Atlético defence before firing a shot at goal. 


Unluckily for La Pulga, Jan Oblak is quite a good goalkeeper and the Slovenian pulled off a great save to keep the scores level. Twitter was loving it!


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​​Ten minutes later there was a string of controversial incidents with Thomas involved in a scuffle with some Barcelona players in the box, before VAR reviewed a potential handball. 


The VAR confirmed something rather obvious - the Saudi Arabian crowd were supporting Barcelona, with a chorus of boos greeted the NO PENALTY decision. 


​​The Oblak show resumed soon after with the big keeper making another incredible save - this time from Antoine Griezmann.


The Atlético stopper was out as quick as a flash to deny his former teammate, once again demonstrating his world class skill set.

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As the teams departed for half time tempers flared with Joao Felix at the centre. Possibly the most notable thing he'd done all game up to that point...


Of course Luis Suarez got in on the act and received a yellow card for his trouble. At least the fistycuffs proved that this game was not a friendly.


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Maybe this scrap fired up the Atlético players as just twenty seconds after the restart they took the lead.


Koke who had incredibly only just come on at half-time, slotted the ball past Neto to spark shocked reactions on social media. 


​​Their lead did not last long though... five minutes to be exact. 


The scorer? Messi of course and his fans were out in full force on Twitter. There was GOAT emojis galore... and that was just the Barcelona's official account!


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​​The GOAT thought he had a second on the hour mark, only for his excellent finish to be ruled out for handball after a VAR check. 


It was not a popular decision inside the stadium and on social media...


Minutes later though it was forgotten, with Griezmann nodding home a rebound after Oblak made a fantastic stop from Suarez's header. 


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​​Soon after VAR was at it again... ruling out a rare Gerard Piqué goal. 


Cue further shouting on social media.


Barcelona fans were even more upset when Atlético levelled up the game completely against the run of play, with Alvaro Morata sliding home a penalty following some reckless goalkeeping from Neto.



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Cue MORE VAR madness as Gerard Piqué was somehow not penalised by the technology for a blatant handball. 


Atlético might have felt aggrieved at the decision... had they not scored a third goal minutes later through Ángel Correa. 



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And that's how it ended... and what have we learnt? Nothing we didn't already know really. Barcelona aren't very good at defending and VAR is really controversial still.


Oh, and who could forget #ValverdeOut. What a time to be alive.


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