Sevilla Threaten Super Cup Action Against Barcelona

New Barcelona signing Arturo Vidal centre alongside Barcelona's third vice president Jordi Mestre left and sports manager Eric Abidal at his unveiling earlier this month. EPA

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

Lionel Messi became the most honoured player in Barcelona history Sunday, winning his 33rd trophy for the club as the La Liga champions beat Sevilla 2-1 to win the Spanish Super Cup.

But it was Dembele who sealed the game when he lashed a shot home from 20 yards via the underside of the crossbar in the 79th minute.

Ernesto Valverde was impressed with Ousmane Dembele's performance against Sevilla after his stunning goal helped Barcelona win the Supercopa de Espana.

Spanish club Sevilla have stated that they could withdraw from tonight's Spanish Cup final against Barcelona over an interpretation of the rules surrounding the competition.

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.

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Sevilla almost restored their lead just after the hour mark but Franco Vazquez's glancing header shaved the top of the crossbar.

A year ago, Barcelona broke their own transfer record to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August for a fee of 105 million euros (now $120 million) that could rise to 147 million euros.

It was Barcelona's 13th Supercup and sixth in the last nine seasons.

"We're happy because we have won a competition, beating a tough opponent", the coach said. "He has an fantastic ability to break down defences with his speed. We hope it doesn't end here and he keeps on winning more".

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".

Sevilla, under new boss Pablo Machin, were impressive and led after Sarabia received Luis Muriel's pass and placed it past the goalkeeper early on - with a goal eventually awarded following a VAR review.

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