Barcelona wins Super Cup for 1st trophy with Xavi, no Messi

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona’s title drought with coach Xavi and without Lionel Messi is finally over. Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-1 on Sunday to win the Spanish Super Cup at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. That gives its fans reasons to celebrate again after a revamping process that began following Messi’s departure for Paris Saint-Germain and the arrival of former player Xavi as coach in 2021. Robert Lewandowski, Gavi and Pedri scored a goal each in the final at King Fahd Stadium. Atlético Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw at Almería in the Spanish league.

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