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Madrid edge Barcelona 3-2 in Super Cup thriller

Substitute Federico Valverde scored extra time clincher as Real Madrid advanced to the Spanish Super Cup final with a 3-2 victory over archrivals Barcelona in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Los Blanos have now won five consecutive games against Barcelona for the first time since they won seven straight from April 1962 and February 1965.

Vinicius Junior gave Madrid a deserved lead shortly after the midway point of the first half in Riyadh, but Luuk de Jong ensured the sides went in at the break level with a fortuitous equaliser.

Karim Benzema restored Madrid’s lead in the 72nd minute, only for substitute Ansu Fati to draw Xavi’s men level once again with a thumping header in the 83rd minute.

Valverde scored eight minutes into extra time after a breakaway to set up a final clash on Sunday against either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao, who do battle in the second semi-final later today.

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