New captain and five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi celebrated his 33rd title as LaLiga champions Barca edged Spanish rivals Sevilla 2-1 in Tangier.
Indeed, a breakaway from Sevilla led to Luis Muriel feeding Sarabia, and the attacker expertly swept the ball into the bottom corner of the net to send Pablo Machin's side ahead on the night. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla's defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league.
There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser.
It follows a summer in which Dembele has regularly been mentioned as a potential departure from the Nou Camp.
Ousmane Dembele's first year in Catalonia didn't go as well as he would have hoped, but the Frenchman started 2018/19 in spectacular fashion by scoring a long-range victor in the Supercopa de Espana victory over Sevilla.
"He has great quality and is here with us. He is a very young player and we hope that little by little he makes progress".
The Spanish Super Cup preceeds every La Liga opener and the match it is between La Liga champions against the Copa del Rey winners, but since Barcelona won the domestic double last season, Sevilla qualify as Copa del Rey runners-up.
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He represented his country in three World Cups, including the 2002 edition, when Brazil won its fifth tournament title. Tomorrow I'll be discharged and I'll go home! "Thanks for all your support and your messages".
Sevilla made the breakthrough in the ninth minute of the match, although it would have been disallowed but for the invention of VAR, which showed that the linesman was wrong to flag Sarabia offside.
The victor of the match that will be staged in Tangier, Morocco, will be decided over one leg for the first time.
Sevilla played the match, which serves as a curtain raiser for the Spanish league season, in the middle of its playoff to qualify for the Europa League's group phase.
According to reports in Spain, Barcelona's decision to omit Malcom is in response to Sevilla threatening to quit the Spanish Super Cup if Barca named more than three non-European Union players for the match.
Sevilla said they could file a complaint if Barca name an "improper lineup" in Tangier.
The use of VAR was hailed as a success at the 2018 World Cup and has been approved for use in La Liga this season, following Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A which introduced the technology a year ago.