Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid 1 – 1 Atlético

Raul Garcia grabs vital away goal in Super Cup first leg

Raul Garcia nets the equaliser (pic: Andres Kudacki - AP)

Atlético Madrid go into Friday night’s Spanish Super Cup final second leg with a slight advantage, having scored an all-important away goal in a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

A late goal from Raul Garcia, yet another from a set piece against Real Madrid, secured the draw for Simeone’s men, and put them in a great position going into the deciding 90 minutes later this week.

The game sprung to life in the last ten minutes, and it looked like Atleti would have to settle for a narrow defeat.

Home-debutant James Rodriguez, who replaced Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time, bundled home a goal from close-range in the 80th minute, after Godin couldn’t manage to clear the ball from a Carvajal cross. It took a slight deflection on it’s way into the net – past the starting Miguel Angel Moya.

But epitomising the philosophy of their coach Cholo Simeone, Atleti fought until the very end. A corner, won out of nothing, was headed on by Mario Suarez to Raul Garcia at the back post, who flicked the ball into the back of the net past Iker Casillas.

A vital away goal, Atleti will know the importance of these after losing the Spanish Super Cup last season in similar circumstances against Barcelona.

A tight game from the start, Real Madrid enjoyed the bulk of the possession and should have done more with their chances. However it was Atleti who made the most of their time with the ball.

Two early chances fell to Mandzukic and Saul, both of whom snatched at them and handed Casillas an easy save on both occasions.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper almost handed Atleti a goal in the late stages of the first half, losing an aerial challenge with Godin. New rojiblanco Mario Mandzukic only managed to head the loose ball back into the hands of a grateful Casillas.

Real’s first shot on-goal came in the second half, when Gareth Bale burst past Siqueira and fired a stinging shot at Moya, who did well to block.

Moya’s hands were stung again soon after, with a Gareth Bale free kick forced straight down the middle of the goal. Our new goalkeeper did well to parry the shot, but it fell into the path of Toni Kroos. Luckily the German could only turn the ball over the crossbar.

The newest face in Atlético’s defence, Guilherme Siqueira, was booked very early on, and did well to not get sent off, despite a number of clattering tackles in on Gareth Bale. The defender was eventually substituted before further damage could be done, replaced by Cristian Ansaldi. 

A familiar foe resurfaced later in the second half. Sergio Ramos, without a dancing partner since Diego Costa’s departure to Chelsea, seems to have selected Mario Mandzukic as his new arch-nemesis.

An aerial challenge from Mandzukic ended up with the Croatian being punched in the face by Ramos – a move that ended in both players being handed yellow cards.

Raul Jimenez and Antoine Griezmann both made their competitive debuts for Atlético, replacing Mario Mandzukic and Saul respectively.

With only a couple of days until the return leg at the Vicente Calderon – what do you want to see more of, or less of, going into the crucial 90 minutes?



Real Madrid Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid 11 Atlético Madrid
James Rodriguez 81'Raul Garcia 87'
Competition Spanish Super Cup
Location Bernabeu
Date 19 August 2014
Kick Off 23:00 CET

Team Lineups

Real Madrid
Xabi Alonso
C Ronaldo (45')
Substitutes used
J Rodriguez (45')
Di Maria (77')
Atlético Madrid
Siqueira (63')
Saul (56')
Raul Garcia
Mandzukic (77')
Substitutes used
Griezmann (56')
Ansaldi (63')
Raul Jimenez (77')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • Farzad Imanpour

    I told before match we will succeed and we fortuantly we we succeed

  • Chewie

    Our left flank bothers me – Siqueira almost got sent off and Ansaldi was owned by Carvajal&Co. Juanfran was way better but had Di Maria played the whole game, we would’ve been in big trouble. Filipe’s departure turns out to be the biggest blow to the team.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Hey guys i didnt get to see the game but saw the goals..
    How was Moya’s performance?

  • Meursault

    I think Saul can play well as a LB.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    wasnt bad at all. i would say he is promising. james’s goal was very lucky imo, he couldnt have done much more.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    i dont think we should waste his talent there. especially with 3 LBs in the squad.

  • David Lee

    I do agree, Siqueira and Ansaldi did get owned- but this was Ansaldi’s first time against R. Madrid and Siqueira was in Portugal last year. They’ll improve.

    Regarding Saul- I don’t think it’d be a waste. By the looks of it- it seems Saul’s Intelligence is on par with Koke- and looked comfortable anywhere he’s on the pitch.

    Saul will be an absolute monster running Atleti and Spain’s midfield along with Koke for the next decade. When will Raul Golcia get a chance with la seleccion? The guy just scores and scores and scores. In any case- he’s my favorite player- not the most technically gifted but absolutely gives his all and has a knack of scoring. That’s why 7-8 years ago at Osasuna they called him the Spanish Frank Lampard. At 27- I’m thinking he could go on play for Atleti for another 8 years- banging in 15-20 goals, 6-8 assists per season and go down as an absolute Rojiblanco legend.

  • Meursault

    When Arda returns, Griezmann fits and Atleti sign a good player like Cerci, I don’t think Saul can get a lot of playing time as a MF.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    yeah saul is gonna be hell of a player, also he has big cojones too. he fought hard and didnt look scared for one sec.

  • During our last campaign I kept saying Filipe was probably the best full back defensively speaking in the world. I really really think Filipe is not a great player offensively, crossing, dribbling, etc. — probably Siqueira is better ahead. But it will be hard to replace Filipe’s skills on the defense.
    Ronaldo and Messi struggle when playing on his side. We’ll need to give Siqueira some time. I’m sure he’ll be far better in some months.

  • Chewie

    You only have to look at how RG celebrated his goal to understand what being a rojiblanco means to him – screaming Vamos like crazy, fist-pumping etc.

    As for the left-backs, I agree that we have to wait and see. But I have a feeling both of them will do just fine.

  • David Lee

    Yes- I trust in Cholo to teach Siqueira how to play D.

    After all- Cholo has turned Juanfran into one of the best right backs in the world- IMO

    If Manzano did anything right- he was in seeing Juanfran as a RB. But then again, we didn’t have a proper RB in the team in 2011 :-/ so Sorry Manzano…

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    That’s what you and I were talking about, you said that Siqueira just can’t steel the ball cleanly, he has to commit a foul, and I added that in the last 4 seasons, he was sent off for the second yellow 7 times, and last night he almost made them 8, in his first official game with us ! .. fortunately, El Cholo saw it coming and replaced him

    of course Ansaldi and Siqueira are not Filipe, but I believe they are not worse than him in his start with us, he caused us a lot of problems .. I think they both will improve, especially when they fit more with the team

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Tell me about that scream from Raul !
    I tweeted this after the game

  • Ahmad Hossainy
  • Ahmad Hossainy

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  • Ahmad Hossainy

    my remarks from the game, I wanted to write them earlier but I didn’t have the time :

    1- That counterattack Moya cleared with his head “Neuer-style” shows that he doesn’t lack the confidence or the experience
    he maybe lack some quality, but he still can get it, he is 30, that’s like 20 for players in other positions, with the same coaching staff Courtois had, he could be a world-class GK
    he is gonna make life very difficult for Oblak, and that’s very good for the team

    2- At the beginning of the preseason, we read that Saul will stay, and Simeone will give him the chance after he got the experience and the minutes he needed with Rayo last season, BUT few days ago we started to read some rumors that he could be loaned, specifically to Benfica, and Cambiasso could come as a free agent
    But after Saul started Real Madrid game, I believe there is no more doubt .. He is staying
    El Cholo would have never started with him in such an important game unless he trusts him 100 %
    and it’s not an important game because it’s for a tittle, because it’s a minor tittle, more like an honorary one, but because it’s against Real Madrid, and if something went wrong, we could have had an embarrassing defeat that could affect us the whole season, but he trusted him in the midfield against 5 of the best midfielders/wingers in the world

    finally, after two & a half seasons El Cholo trusts another young canterano, after Koke !

    3-On the other hand, it seems to me that Toby is on his way out, he wasn’t on the list, and he was looking for an offer because he doesn’t think he can get a lot of minuets
    but the minutes are earned, and the answer is to stay and try, not to look for another club just after one season !
    but I’m OK with that, because it means that Gimenez is staying, and I like him more, he is much younger and I think he is better than him, he would be the ideal replacement for Miranda, a partnership between Godin & Gimenez will be magical, we already have seen a demonstration in the world cup

    4-The team’s defense block is still intact, and as we all know, our defense was not just the back 4, but also the 2 holding midfielders Gabi + Tiago/Mario, the 2 AMs Koke + Arda/RG8 and Diego Costa
    and of those only 2 have left : Filipe & Costa
    and while both of Filipe replacements are still struggling, Costa replacement, Mandzukic did his defensive role perfectly
    he did a lot of high pressing, and he moved back to our half a lot to help his teammates
    he already knows our system, and he is giving his 100% effort for the team

    5- despite spending yet again more than 100 million on only 2 players, one is the World Cup top scorer and the other is a World Cup winner, and keeping all the big names they already have, we were not intimidated .. we were calm, steady & confident

    We Are The Danger .. We Are The Ones Who Knock .

  • Urban

    I would add 6- Mario Mandzukic is the perfect 11th defender, and I think this is something Cholo will appreciate very much.

    I can see Mario playing against weaker opposition as a typical poacher and against big teams in much more defensive manner (as he did now) and he can fulfill both roles very good.

  • Chewie

    Looks like he’s about to bite Pepe’s head off.

  • farzad From IRAN

    we will succeed I am sure ,,,,,,,we are the best

  • Brad

    I have to say that the Moya counter was pretty amazing…I was very impressed

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