Girona have lifted the Catalan Super Cup after beating a second-string Barcelona on Wednesday evening.
With the majority of Barcelona’s first-team rested, manager Ernesto Valverde opted to give first-team debuts to Moussa Wague and Jean-Clair Todibo, while young stars Juan Miranda, Riqui Puig, and Alex Collado all started the game in Sabadell.
Girona also started in-form striker Cristhian Stuani on the bench by going with Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts up top for the final.
It was Girona’s first appearance in the competition since it was renamed the Supercopa de Catalunya in 2014, which sees a single match played between the two highest ranked teams in Catalonia play for the trophy.
While the tie is usually contested between Barcelona and Espanyol, it was Girona who finished higher in the league last season, giving them the chance at winning it for the first time.
And that’s exactly what they did as they gave Valvede’s side plenty of food for thought in a goalless first half at the Nova Creu Alta stadium.
With multiple changes made by Girona manager Eusebio Sacristan at half-time, it would be the underdogs who would strike first after Barcelona forward Collado brought down Valery Fernandez inside the box.
After coming on just minutes before, it was Stuani who would step up to successfully convert the spot-kick, giving Sacristan’s side a second-half lead.
Kevin-Prince Boateng was handed a starting place alongside Malcom for the cup encounter but neither man really threatened to equalise for Barcelona as the clock wound down.