UEFA Super Cup: Inter 0 – 2 Atlético

Atlético Madrid lift the prestigious UEFA Super Cup in Monaco

Atletico Madrid top 5 players of 2010

Atlético captain Antonio López lifts Super Cup

Atlético Madrid lifted the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco this evening after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Champions League winners Inter Milan. Los Rojiblancos stunned the Italian champions with two second half goals from Reyes and Agüero. De Gea topped off the night perfectly with a penalty save from Milito in the 90th minute.

Quique Sánchez Flores surprisingly left Filipe Luís and Juan Valera out of the match selection, and opted to play Álvaro Domínguez as left back. The Spaniard was given a lot of space on the left side, as Rafa Benítez chose to play with an extra central midfielder, which maybe could have been exploited better by a more natural left back like Antonio López or Filipe.

Inter weren’t able to string many passes together and most of their attacks ended up in the hands of David de Gea after a desperate long pass lunged forward. Atlético seemed more controlled in possession and had most of the ball, but Inter seemed to allow us to play as long as we didn’t approach their box.

On occassions we did breach their defence though. In the sixth minute, Simão went past Maicon and whipped in a dangerous cross. Kun Agüero seemed to be shoved to the ground by Chivu, but referee Massimo Busacca waved play on.

It was one of the few opportunities by either side in the first half hour. In the last few minutes of the first half Samuel Eto’o threatened Atlético’s goal when he cut inside past Ujfalusi and Perea, but fired wide. And just before half time Sergio Agüero created a good opportunity after a one-two with Simão, but the Argentine hit it over the crossbar.

The second half saw more of the same, although more space came available. This almost resulted in Atlético’s opening goal when Assuncao took the ball from Sneijder in midfield and immediately threaded the ball to Reyes. Julio Cesar pulled off an amazing save to prevent the Andalucian from scoring.

Diego Forlán seemed tired and not in great form, but thankfully his teammates continued to create danger in Inter’s half. After an hour this resulted in the opening goal, when Agüero and Reyes combined on the edge of Inter’s box. Reyes took it past Maicon and scored from close range in the near corner, giving Atlético a deserved lead (1-0).

Inter were now forced to move forward, but an excellent defence lead by defensive midfielder Paulo Assunção kept the Italians out, while Atleti were looking to come out fast on the counter attack. Five minutes after the goal Agüero found himself in a good position, but his pass to Forlán was blocked for a corner.

Inter’s only big opportunities this match came from corner kicks. With Sneijder’s excellent delivery Inter got two good opportunities, but Samuel in the first half and Eto’o in the second couldn’t keep their headers down.

In the 82nd minute Forlán came off for Jurado, and the playmaker immediately set up the decisive second goal. He played in Simao on the left, who easily ran past Lucio and allowed Agüero to simply tap it in (2-0).

With Atleti’s second goal this match was very much over. Inter were handed an opportunity to put a goal back, when Raúl García tripped Pandev in the box. But penalty kick taker Diego Milito had been unlucky for most of the match and saw his penalty saved by the amazing De Gea.

Atlético lift the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in their history, beating Inter in their first ever official encounter.

Line-up: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Godín, Domínguez; Reyes, Assunção, Raúl García, Simão; Agüero and Forlan
Subs: Fran Mérida (“59), Jurado (“82), Camacho (“90)

Goals: 1-0, Reyes; 2-0 Agüero

  • Derek Maaijen

    Champions of Europe!

  • Nick Poskitt

    We are officially the champions of Europe! Seriously, I’m so fricking happy! What a result and what a great performance! Absolutely ecstatic. Well done Atleti!

  • Martin Rosenow

    Super Champions! Still on a high! I hope we carry this momentum forward. Congrats to Atléticos everywhere!!

  • Mohammed

    This is BEAUTIFUL!! I still can’t believe my eyes!

    Let’s keep this going, please don’t stop. 🙂
    Te Amo Atleti!!

  • Garymadrid

    But the most important thing tonight was that they defended. We have Bern to so many games and end up screaming at the boys to defend basic things like corners and throw ins. Tonight everyone had their place and they kept the line. Continue like that and who knows what could happen. Also remember most of the squad came back in July while Forlan was still playing in the world cup. He always starts the season lazy and finishes it strongly

  • Mohammed

    Not to be pessimistic at such a beautiful night, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose to Gijon in the next match. We are that unpredictable. Let’s hope that was the old Atleti.

    Aupa Atleeeeeeeeeti!!!

  • Will

    Come on, Moha! We’ll beat Gijon! we can 🙂

  • Mohammed

    Oh Will!! Hi man. Congrats my friend 🙂

    I’m so happy tonight 🙂

  • Nick Poskitt

    Aren’t we all! Absolutely ecstatic, still! What a performance and what a great result!

    Prediction League standings will be up tomorrow morning, guys! Around 35 predictions and nobody got this one!

  • Ringo Schut

    Well, lots of guys predicted we won 😉

    It worked quite well, Perea against Eto’o and Domínguez against Maicon 🙂
    Somewhere in the second half, I remember a battle of pace between Perea and Eto’o and Perea won tremendously, finishing with a good sliding tackle.

    I guess Perea will be brought on against fast strikers, like Eto’o 😉 Still hoping for Filipe in top form!!

    Forlán was better than I expected, he was okay for a player who’s returned in one or two weeks and Godín was even better! Pretty solid for an official debut, versus Internazionale.


  • RojiBlanco

    Superb win, I am just so happy. Perea has all the pace in the world, what a great action against Eto’o.

    Ps. Ha, awesome to see Will and Mo here. This site is really a great place for all international rojiblancos.:)

  • independencia

    I really would like how important is Assunçao in this team. Sometimes i think that without him there wouldn´t be a competitive squad. Go Atleti! Go!

  • Mohammed

    Assuncao was crucial. He’s such a tactical player. Raul found a lot of spaces today and made some wonderful passes.

    @RojiBlanco: It’s great to see you my friend 🙂
    This site is brilliant. A big thanks to the guys who brought this site to life.

  • Great game, nothing to add :))))))))))) Kun, Reyes, Assunca, Godin and Perea were utterly brilliant!

    Keep the momentum, aupa atletiiii!!!!!!!!!

  • Mert

    accurately had atleti with two goals and the win for the score prediction contest 🙂

    have to agree with moha tho. as great as we were today, our inconsistency is what makes us so loveable, no?

  • Mathieu

    Excellent result! Another trophy for us.
    March on Atleti!

  • Garymadrid

    I just want to see that on the madridatleticos blog that I
    made assuncao my player of the season and I didn’t get a great response. Without him the defence had no protection. With a stronger defence he will be able to push up the field more.

  • Arjit

    Diego Godin was awesome!! raul garcia wasnt too bad he had an up and down game. i still prefer tiago tho. Luis perea is a beast when he keeps his concentration and is serious. i don’t know why he sucks so much against mid-table teams lol. amazing game loved it to bits, de gea is the future of spain.

  • Great match. Every player of our team was awsome on the pitch. Gracias Atlético!

  • Ringo Schut

    I just noticed Kun seems to be calm in his head again 🙂
    Cool positioning for the 2-0, calmly partnering with Reyes for the 1-0.
    If he stays in this mental state, he might accomplish what we predicted two years ago, after his greatest season so far. 🙂

    We shouldn’t get overconfident guys. We played really well, but Inter didn’t seem to be in top shape, so this doesn’t mean we’re on Barça and Real’s level (yet).
    Still, I’m happy about the game and as usual I have my hopes up high 😉

  • independencia atletica

    I can´t belive it yet. Now we must continue pressing the sixth march. Forza atleti.

  • david from San Francisco

    Simple- ALWAYS Play Perea in european competition where there will be fast and physical players. I wonder if any EPL teams would like to buy him, his game is perfectly suited for the English Premiership.

    He struggles in la liga games simply b/c he doesn’t the touch or skill in the ball.

  • NiñoTorres

    I just got back from holiday and haven’t been able to leave a comment for a while, but YEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!!! I still can’t believe we did it! Amazing performance from the whole team, and we don’t seem to be getting the credit we deserve. The defence looked much improved, hopefully this will help us become more consistent in the league.