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