Real Madrid won the title in the final in Jeddah against Atletico after coming out on top in the penalty shootout (4-1).
Real Madrid won their first title of the season, the 11th Spanish Super Cup, against Atletico Madrid in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The match, this time goalless, was reminiscent of the final in Milan and had to be decided from the penalty spot. And just like that day from 11 metres, Real Madrid were better.
The two teams began the game very focused, knowing that behind this derby there was a title a stake, and in the early stages it was an even encounter. Casemiro got off the first shot and Modric tried again in the 8th minute after a well worked corner, but Oblak was equal to both chances. Five minutes later, Joao Felix shot wide from the edge of the box, but as the game wore on, Real Madrid took control of the ball with long spells of possession as Atletico sat in.
Real Madrid were the better side
The Whites used their best spell to force their opponents back and bombarded them with crosses from the right. Mendy tried to surprise the Slovenian goalkeeper after some great individual play on the left. In the last 15 minutes of the first half, Real Madrid had three corners that Isco and Casemiro got on the end of. Jović was involved in the first actions after the break, firstly he arrived in the area after a 50-metre run and in the 51st minute his left-footed strike came off the post and went to safety.
TENTH TITLE FOR ZIDANE AS REAL MADRID COACH.
Zidane brought on Rodrygo for Isco (60’) and he was quickly involved in creating the clearest chance yet. The Brazilian combined with Jović, who whipped the ball across the box and Valverde was unfortunate not to see his shot hit the back of the net with Oblak beaten. Courtois was then called into action, doing brilliantly to keep Morata out with just ten minutes to go. As the closing stages ticked around, the tension was palpable but Madrid refused to give up on their offensive. Mariano, who had only recently come on, headed just wide on 89 minutes before Rodrygo shot straight at Oblak in time added-on.
Kroos tried his luck from distance (99’), while the rojiblancos looked to net the winner with two successive corners. The game had been blown wide open now, and Oblak did well once more to keep out both Modric and Mariano with 109 on the clock. Valverde was then sent off for bringing Morata down to ensure he couldn’t get one-on-one with Courtois, and the game went to the shootout. Just as it was in Milan, Madrid ran out winners from 12 yards in Jeddah.
1-0 Carvajal, goal.
1-0 Saúl, post.
2-0 Rodrygo, goal.
2-0 Thomas, Courtois saves.
3-0 Modric, goal.
3-1 Trippier, goal.
4-1 Ramos, goal.
Valverde named Man of the Match in the final
Valverde was named Man of the Match in the Spanish Super Cup final. The Uruguayan midfielder, who played 115 minutes of the clash with Atlético, was presented with the award chosen by a committee of sports coaches from the Spanish Football Federation, out on the pitch at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah.
Later, he appeared in the media room to assess the game: “I’m so happy. I try and train hard and fight to make sure things go right. Thank you for this award. I have to stress every effort made by every member of this team, and those who weren’t playing but were cheering us on or giving us advice in the break. I’m enjoying every moment of my life, both professionally with the titles, and personally too, so I’d like to take the chance to announce I’m going to be a father”.
His sending off
“It was something that I should not have done. I apologised to Morata, but it was the only thing I could do because he’s a very fast player. I’m happy to win the title but I’m still stuck with what I did because it’s not right”.
Support from his teammates
“My teammates got behind me, but it was a sad moment for me. I was leaving the team a man down, but my teammates were there to support me. Simeone also came up to me and said something that I won’t repeat and I want to thank him for it”.