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Real Madrid beats Atletico Madrid in shootout, wins the Spanish Super Cup

PublishedBy: in SportJanuary 13, 2020 - Last modified on November 29th, 2020 at 6:39 pm


Real Madrid required penalties to claim the 2020 Supercopa de Espana, with Sergio Ramos netting the decisive spot-kick after 120 minutes finished goalless despite Federico Valverde’s late red card. 

The game started exactly as you’d expect a Madrid derby to start, with ​Real controlling possession while ​Atléti sat back purposefully, content to take advantage of any early slackness from Zinedine Zidane’s side and counter at pace. Both Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata provided nervy moments for Los Blancos in the opening 15 minutes, but otherwise it was an attritional start to proceedings. 

Real controlled a packed midfield third in the first halfbut were struggling to create anything against a typically resolute Atleti defence. Ferland Mendy came closest with a right-footed effort that stung the palms of Jan Oblak, before Casemiro sent a header sailing over the bar.

Having been short of ideas in the first 45, Zidane’s side stepped up the tempo at the start of the second half, and the lively Luka Jovic clipped the outside of the far post with a low effort. Fede Valverde then somehow managed to head Dani Carvajal’s header onto his knee, when he looked certain to score from close range. 

The best chance of the game fell to Atleti’s Alvaro Morata ten minutes from time, as the striker ran onto a great ball from Angel Correa, but with just inches separating him from Thibaut Courtois, he could only fire it against the legs of the overbearing keeper.

Substitute Rodrygo fluffed a good late chance, but neither side could complain as a game desperately lacking in quality trudged on to extra-time. 

The additional 30 minutes brought out the best in both goalkeepers as the players tired and the game opened up, but just as it looked to be petering out, some drama struck. Morata broke through on goal, but one on one with Courtois, he was wiped out cynically by Valverde, who took a straight red card on the chin to keep his side in the game for the final few minutes of extra-time. 

Some unsavoury scenes followed, and so too did penalties after nothing came of the resulting free-kick. But while the game itself ended with some late drama, there was none of that in the shootout, with Real netting four from four, as Atletico toiled, to seal the trophy

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