Atletico Madrid Crush Real Madrid in Extra Time to Clinch UEFA Super Cup
Two sublime goals in extra time for Atletico Madrid have sealed the UEFA Super Cup as they beat Real Madrid 4-2 to deny them their third coveted title in a row.
Madrid lost their first official game under new manager Julen Loptegui
A fact hard to digest for the die-hard fans, but Real Madrid played a big final without ace footballer Cristiano Ronaldo after more than six years. And it affected the Los Blancos right after the start of the match.
Within a minute, Deigo Costa put Atletico on top and scored the fastest goal in Super Cup history. Costa rampaged away from Ramos and Raphael Varane to slam home past Keylor Navas after chasing down his flick-on from Diego Godin’s long ball,
Real Madrid equalized in the 27th minute courtesy of a beautiful cross from Gareth Bale to Karim Benzema, who headed the ball nicely to make it one each. Well, the first half ended with both sides level.
In the second half, however, Atletico gradually lost control of the contest. And Real took the lead from the penalty spot after Juanfran handled in the area. But Ramos sent Oblak the wrong way from the penalty spot.
When Real were looking all set to win their third Super Cup title in a row, The touchline mistake from Marcelo’s mistake helped Juanfran and Angel Correa to set up Costa to slam home an equaliser in the 79th minute.
Jubilant Atletico Madrid after UEFA Super Cup win over Real Madrid:
Meanwhile, after Casemiro was substituted in the 76th minute, Real started to suffer, and his absence completely effected them in the extra time.
While on the other side, substitute Thomas Partey stood up a cross from the left to Saul, who lashed a vicious volley into Navas’ top-right corner to regain the lead for Atletico.
When Real Madrid were looking for an equaliser again, Koke’s excellent finish at 104th minute ended all hopes for the Los Blancos and Loptegui tasted his first defeat as well as the first final.
FT: Real Madrid 2-4 Atletico Madrid – UEFA Super Cup
Costa 1′, 79′ | Saul 98′ | Koke 104′ | Benzema 27′ | Ramos 63′ (P)
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