Spanish Super Cup: Atlético 1 – 0 Real Madrid
Atleti win Super Cup after holding off Madrid rivals
The quickest goal in Super Cup history led Atlético to a well-deserved 1-0 win over arch rivals Real Madrid, earning them the first piece of silverware of the new season with a 2-1 win on aggregate.
A Mario Mandzukic goal, officially his first for Atleti, inside the first 90 seconds hands Atleti the second trophy they have won at the expense of Real Madrid in the last three seasons.
It was a dream start for Atleti, with a route one goal from three of the team’s newest acquisitions. Moya’s long goal kick was headed downward by Antoine Griezmann, right into the path of Mandzukic.
The Croatian made no mistake with the finish, and fired a first time shot past Iker Casillas.
Real Madrid were a bit shell-shocked and Atleti had another chance to double their lead, but couldn’t take advantage of it.
Los Blancos did manage to get themselves back into the game and enjoyed a lot of possession over the twenty minutes since the goal – but never really troubled Moya.
Gareth Bale came closest on two occassions, firing a shot straight down the Spaniard’s throat, and then just wide of his left-hand post.
It was a hotly contested affair with a lot of fouls and bookings – but it was our manager who ultimately got sent off first.
Juanfran caught an elbow and had to come off the field to receive treatment, and after being prevented from returning to the pitch, Simeone lost his temper with the assistant referee.
The match official David Fernandez wasted little time in sending Cholo to the stands, after he made physical contact with the linesman while protesting.
There were a lot of chances that fell to both teams for the rest of the evening – the best being a thundering strike from Raul Garcia in the second half – which bounced off of the crossbar and off the goal line.
Real Madrid looked threatening in the first half, but Carlo Ancelotti elected to replace Toni Kroos at half time with Cristiano Ronaldo, which allows Atleti much more possession in the middle of the park, and Real’s goal threat petered out in the second 45.
Tiago and Raul Garcia were fantastic for Atlético – and it was a wonder that our number 8 didn’t find the back of the net this evening.
Luka Modric joined Simeone in the stands at the end of the second half, receiving a second yellow card for taking out Cristian Rodriguez.
The second half passed without much danger, and Atleti go on to finally break the curse of never having beaten a side with Iker Casillas in the opposing goal.
And on the way, win the Spanish Super Cup.
Let’s celebrate another trophy brought to us by Cholo Simeone! Who was your Man of the Match this evening?
|Atlético Madrid||10||Real Madrid|
|Spanish Super Cup|
|22 August 2014|
|Raul Garcia (90')|
|Raul Jimenez (73')|
|C Rodriguez (84')|
|C Ronaldo (45')|