Atletico Madrid beat fierce rivals Real Madrid 1-0 in the second leg with a Mario Mandzukic strike in the 2nd minute to win the Super Cup for the first time since 1985 as they ran out 2-1 winners on aggregate.

An ill-tempered affair started off with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench and featured Atletico boss Diego Simeone getting sent to the stands for complaining far too often and also inexcusably, tapping the fourth official on the back of his head.

Atletico bombarded Real’s goal from the very beginning and it was their third attack inside 80 seconds that led to the goal. Antoine Griezmann out jumped Sergio Ramos to steer Raphael Varane‘s poor headed clearance into the path of the Croatian who ran through on goal to volley the ball beyond Iker Casillas.

New signing James Rodriguez offered Madrid’s best threat with a header just wide off the post and then a side-footed shot which was repelled by goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya. He also teed up Gareth Bale for Madrid’s best chance of the half but the Welshman dragged the ball wide.

Ronaldo replaced Kroos for the beginning of the 2nd half but with the German midfielder gone, Madrid lost the control which he provides. Raul Garcia, who had scored the all important equaliser at the Bernabéu, came within a whisker of scoring as his shot hit the underside of the bar but didn’t go in. Casillas was alert of the danger of the bouncing ball and did well to parry the ball away from danger.

Koke came close with a long range effort from the left and the Griezmann ran into the area but could only shoot weakly past Casillas’ right. Luka Modric was sent off for a second yellow in the dying minutes of the match as Atletico held on for the win. 








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