Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid 1 – 1 Atlético
Raul Garcia grabs vital away goal in Super Cup first leg
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||11||Atlético Madrid|
|James Rodriguez 81'||Raul Garcia 87'|
|Spanish Super Cup|
|19 August 2014|
|C Ronaldo (45')|
|J Rodriguez (45')|
|Di Maria (77')|
|Raul Jimenez (77')|