Diego SIMEONE, Angel CORREA win UEFA Super Cup with Atletico Madrid

Sheila Mcguire
August 16, 2018

The UEFA Super Cup between familiar foes Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is missing one of its key pieces: Manager Diego Simeone.

After falling behind to an early strike from Diego Costa, goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos put Real back into a familiar winning position against Atletico in European games but they uncharacteristically surrendered the lead.

Losing the first big game of the post Cristiano Ronaldo era is a big problem for Madrid's new coach Julen Lopegetui, even if both Benzema and Bale showed they can deliver more now that they are out of the Portuguese's shadow.

Atletico were on the back foot for the start of the extra period but they were still able to press their opponents high up the pitch.

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Defender Juanfran, under pressure from Benzema, was penalised for handball by Polish referee Szymon Marciniak and captain Ramos coolly converted the resultant spot-kick, rolling the ball into the bottom right corner and sending Oblak the wrong way. An entertaining contest first burst into life in the first minute, Diego Costa firing home from a tight angle.

Real had won the trophy under Zidane in each of the last two years, and emerged victorious against their neighbours in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016.

Los Blancos did push for goals in the second half of extra-time but Atletico managed to see out the remaining stages to clinch the win.

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Saul NIGUEZ and KOKE would each score during extra time to secure the victory.

Goalkeeper Navas should have done better and he probably would not have started the match had new £31.5million signing Thibaut Courtois, who was watching from the stands, been registered to play.

Real never conceded four goals in a match under Lopetegui's predecessor Zinedine Zidane and were aiming to win the trophy for the third successive season. All five goals were scored in cup competitions.

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