Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui: Atletico Madrid 'punished' us in Super Cup

16 August, 2018, 09:20 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Julen Lopetegui attends the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match between

Atletico Madrid are UEFA Super Cup champions after beating Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time.

Gareth Bale had set up Karim Benzema with a header at the back post for Real's first and captain Sergio Ramos slotted home a penalty for a 2-1 lead after Juanfran was penalised for handball.

Simeone was given three games for insulting the official, and a fourth for antics in the stands after being sent off. Atletico Madrid won the second leg against Arsenal and the final against Marseilles with Simeone watching from afar.

That proved to be the trend for the rest of the half as the sides went into the break level pegging. But Simeone's side continued to battle on. Angel CORREA came on as a substitute and made an impact.

Saul Niguez put Atletico back in front eight minutes into the additional period, smashing a volley into the top right corner following a cross from substitute Thomas Partey.

AtlÈtico have failed against Madrid on European football's biggest stage in recent times, losing Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016, and a semifinal in 2017.


Full-back Marcelo squandered an excellent chance to score the victor for Real with an overhead kick in the final seconds of normal time as back-to-back Champions League winners Real were looking to become the first side to win three Super Cups in successive seasons.

Two excellent late goals from Koke and Saul sealed victory for Atletico after the game ended 2-2 in normal time.

Emerging star Marco Asensio did not do badly in Ronaldo's spot in attack, but Lopetegui sending on unproven youngster Borja Mayoral in extra time showed that Madrid have not yet fully covered the loss of the reigning Ballon d'Or victor.

But this result comes after a close season in which Atletico have strengthened while Real look to have gone backwards, with no replacement signed for Ronaldo after his move to Juventus.

The game began with a bang with Costa bouncing away from both Ramos and the equally sluggish Raphael Varane before lashing a shot high past Keylor Navas, who had left a glimmer of a gap at his near post. All five goals were scored in cup competitions.

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