Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi scored as Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 in the opening leg of the Supercopa de Espana.
Suarez, who scored 59 goals for Barca last season, opened his account for the new campaign early in the second half and substitute Munir added a second nine minutes from time.
Barca’s initially fitful progress was not helped by the loss of captain Andres Iniesta and Jeremy Mathieu to injury.The participation of club icon Iniesta and defender Mathieu in Wednesday’s second leg at Camp Nou could now be in doubt, but their team-mates will at last take a healthy advantage into that encounter.
The breakthrough though came in the 54th minute when substitute Denis Suarez picked out the run of Arda Turan with a delightful flighted pass and a controlled chest down from the Turkey international allowed the Uruguayan striker to pick his spot from 12 yards.Barcelona were far better in the second half and Munir scored with his first touch as he burst onto Lionel Messi’s measured pass to seal up the victory.
Barca are now firmly in the driving seat ahead of Wednesday’s second leg at the Nou Camp with the victory easing the painful memories of the 5-1 aggregate defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup 12 months ago.