Real wins its 11th Spanish Super Cup against Atlético Madrid

Published on : 01/12/2020 – 22:27Modified : 01/12/2020 – 22:27

Real Madrid won their 11th Spanish Super Cup by winning 4-1 on penalties against Atlético Madrid (0-0 after extra time) in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday in Jeddah.

Zinedine Zidane’s men gleaned their first trophy of the season on Sunday, January 12, with a final shot on goal transformed by their captain, Sergio Ramos. Real Madrid wins its 11th Spanish Super Cup – the first since 2017 – against Atlético Madrid after its victory in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A relocation of the competition which caused tension in Spain.

After 120 minutes balanced between the two teams, this Madrid derby at the top was concluded with a clear victory for the Merengues on penalties (4-1). But more than a Real-Atlético, the Spanish Supercup final quickly turned into a showdown between goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak.

Two goalkeepers with magic gloves, impassable for 120 minutes, who pushed the match to the penalty shootout with their countless parades.

Courtois, thanks to a beautiful save from the surprise direct free kick by Partey (90th + 3), sent the match into overtime … as in the last four single match finals disputed between the two teams from Madrid (Coupe du king in 2013, Champions League 2014 and 2016, and UEFA Super Cup 2018).

But still lucid at the 110th minute, Oblak released an exceptional double-parade to respond to the stop of the foot of the Belgian doorman on the acrobatic resumption of Morata, four minutes before, and his firmness in front of Angel Correa (118th).

It was ultimately Thibaut Courtois who came out victorious in this showdown, despite the red card inflicted on the sacrificed but brilliant Federico Valverde (elected man of the match), for a deliberate foul on Alvaro Morata, who spun on goal (115th).

Zidane, 10 titles won as Real coach

The young Serbian center-forward Luka Jovic (22), who arrived this summer in Madrid and positioned alone in the lead as in the semifinal on Wednesday, tried to stir the game, with three chances in five minutes (48th, 51st , 53e), including a strike that leveled the left upright of Jan Oblak.

But neither the distant attempts of Casemiro (5th) or Luka Modric (8th), nor the heads of the same Casemiro (43rd), Mariano (89th) or Valverde (67th), with this incredible missed, will not succeed in worrying the goalkeeper of Atlético, impeccable in its outings to the end (82nd, 87th, 90th + 1), and still transformed into a true metronome of the Colchoneros.

In the wake of its doorman, the Atlético continued to cultivate its catchy, fighting side, by offering a good resistance and by working against.

With this new success, the Merengues confirm their excellent start to the season, and open a radiant end to the season, with, in the crosshairs, the knockout stages of the Champions League against Manchester City, from February 26, and the Clasico back on March 1st.

They add a new trophy to the collection already loaded by the French technician Zinédine Zidane. Back in March 2019 on the Madrid bench, Zizou extends his impressive series of 10 finals won in a row and is 10 titles won as coach at Real: Spanish champion in 2017, Super Cup in 2017 and 2020, Champions League in 2016 , 2017 and 2018, UEFA Super Cup in 2016 and 2017 and Club World Cup in 2016 and 2017.

With AFP

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