Federico Valverde earns the men’s prize of the match for the kamikaze who scored the victory of the Real Madrid Super Cup on penalties

  • Real Madrid 0 Atlético Madrid 0 (Real wins 4-1 on pens)

RReal Madrid beat Atlético Madrid in a penalty shootout on Sunday to win the first edition of the new Spanish Super Cup which was held in Saudi Arabia due to criticism from human rights groups.

Madrid won the shootout 4-1 after the final ended 0-0 after extra time. Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos have converted their kicks placed at Real.

Saúl Níguez of Atlético missed his first penalty and Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked Thomas Partey’s second attempt. Kieran Trippier was the only player to convert for Atlético.

“Before, I had studied their penalty shooters,” said Courtois. “I knew where Thomas would shoot. It was a nice save because it hit him hard.”

Real Madrid played the last five minutes of recovery with 10 men after Federico Valverde was shown a red card for committing a foul on Alvaro Morata when he only had Courtois to beat.

“The most important game was that of Valverde, who prevented us from having a chance that he could have decided the game,” said Atlético coach Diego Simeone. “He won the game.”


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