Messi-less Barca fall to Girona in Catalan Super Cup

Lionel Messi was rested for Wednesday's fixture, which featured the two best ranked Catalan clubs from LaLiga, as Barcelona lost.

Barcelona in action against Girona in the Catalan Super Cup   -  Twitter: @FCBarcelona

Barcelona was without Lionel Messi and a host of stars in its 1-0 defeat against Girona in the Catalan Super Cup.

Messi was rested for Wednesday's fixture, which featured the two best ranked Catalan clubs from LaLiga, as Cristhian Stuani downed the league leaders.

The likes of Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen were missing – Ernesto Valverde handing debuts to new signing Jean-Clair Todibo from Toulouse and Moussa Wague.

Barca's line-up did include Malcom, Samuel Umtiti, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jasper Cillessen midweek.

But Barca – who edged Espanyol on penalties last year – succumbed to Stuani's second-half penalty in Sabadell.

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