Spanish Super Cup
Result: Real Sociedad 2-2 FC Barcelona (Barca won 3-2 on penalties)
Date: 13 January 2021
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Arcángel
FC Barcelona needed penalties to book their spot in the Supercopa de Espana final after defeating Real Sociedad on Wednesday night.
Messi was left out of the matchday squad with an apparent injury, while Ronald Araujo and Clement Lenglet came in for Sergino Dest and Samuel Umtiti.
Socieadad looked lively in the early stages of the first half, with Alexander Isak and Andoni Gorosabel both going close in the opening 15 minutes.
Barcelona, meanwhile, had to wait until the 26th minute when Oscar Mingueza did well to pick out Martin Braithwaite in the box, but the striker was unable to control.
It was the visitors who got the opening goal six minutes before the break as Antoine Griezmann picked out Frenkie de Jong, whose looping header sailed into the far corner.
However, Socieadad were awarded a penalty six minutes after the break when the ball struck De Jong's arm in the box. Mikel Oyarzabal stepped and made no mistake from the spot.
Ousmane Dembele went close to restoring Barcelona's lead on 63 minutes, but his low strike fizzed just wide of the upright after Sociedad defence went to sleep.
Both sides went in search of a winner in the latter stages of the second half, but neither were able to find the goal as extra-time was needed.
It was a lively start to extra-time as Marc-Andre ter Stegen did well to deny Joseba Zaldua before Dembele sent another effort wide of the target minutes later at the other end.
Adnan Januzaj nearly secured the win with two minutes left on the clock but his curling free-kick crashed against the upright, sending the game to penalties.
It was the Catalan giants who held their nerve to triumph 3-2 in the shoot-out as they now await the winner of the second semi-final against Atheltic Bilbao and Real Madrid.