Thibaut Courtois was Real Madrid’s hero since his team won the Spanish Super Cup on penalties.
Dani Carvajal scored the first kick. Saul then hit the foot of Courtois’ left post. Rodrygo Goes put his penalty on the roof of the net to make Real 2-0. And when Thomas Partey stepped up Courtois he saved well on his right.
This means that when Luka Modric scored his penalty it was 3-0 and Kieran Trippier had to score. He did, but Sergio Ramos canceled his penalty and Madrid celebrated his first silverware of the season.
The players and staff of Real Madrid celebrate their first silverware of the season, the Spanish Super Cup, as raised
Los Blancos defender Sergio Ramos kisses the Spanish Super Cup trophy after canceling the decisive penalty in the shootout
Ramos celebrates after scoring the winning penalty for Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid
The referee shows a straight red card to Federico Valverde of Real Madrid during the second half of extra time
Real Madrid (4-3-2-1): Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos (Vinicius 103), Modric, Isco (Rodrygo 60), Jovic (Mariano 83)
Unused subtitles: Areola, Militao, Marcelo, Rodriguez
targets: (Shootout) Carvajal, Rodrygo, Modric, Ramos
Detective stories: Modric, Mendy, Carvajal
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Lodi (Llorente 89), Gimenez (Savic 98), Felipe, Trippier, Niguez, Thomas, Herrera (Vitolo 56), Correa, Felix (Arias 101), Morata
Unused subtitles: Adan, Hermoso, Riquelme
targets: (Shootout) Trippier
Detective stories: Thomas, Felipe, Correa, Gimenez
Before the shootings there was a different showdown with Fede Valverde who cut Alvaro Morata cynically while he was on goal three minutes from the end.
He saw straight red and while the players squared Angel Correa, Carvajal and Stefan Savic were all booked. Valverde had taken one for the team and it would have been worth it when Courtois left his mark.
This was the contested game between two teams whose stadiums are 10 miles away, played 4,000 miles from Spain at King Abdullah Sports Village in Jeddah.
The Super Cup final traditionally puts the winners of the Spanish Cup against the La Liga champions, but on this occasion played by two teams who had neither won nor the previous season.
It was not a full house. Fans who wanted to see Lionel Messi stayed away with 59,000 in 62,000 arenas. And after the epic Barcelona-Atletico semifinal, 90 minutes passed without success before the game came to life in extra time.
Madrid overshadowed a close first half with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak who saved well from Casemiro and then Luka Modric. He made another save in his place near Ferland Mendy just before the break.
Madrid kept the upper hand at restart with the lively Luka Jovic making a pass from Modric and rotating in one way and another to escape the attention of Kieran Trippier and Felipe before pulling his shot just outside.
Thibaut Courtois was the Real Madrid man of the moment, making important stops, as well as saving the penalty
Real Madrid’s Isco reacts after a missed opportunity meant that his team did not rise 1-0 in the Super Cup final
Saul of Atletico Madrid performs an acrobatic bicycle kick against Real Madrid but cannot find the target
Sergio Ramos calmly increases the winning penalty after the teams have been tied after 90 minutes and extra time
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois goes up to catch the ball as he arrives towards his net from an Atletico Madrid shot
Jovic did well again playing the ball to Mendy moments later. His cross seemed perfect for Valverde who was leading his team but in an attempt to drop the ball into the ground, he directed it against his knee and bounced wide.
Atletico had their best game chances 10 minutes after Kieran Trippier scored the perfect pass over Real Madrid’s defense and Alvaro Morata only had to apply the finishing touch. He could not beat Thibaut Courtois who saved well in his neighboring place.
Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic approaches the goal but cannot find the back of the net during the second half
Atletico Madrid players try to talk to referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez after a decision has gone differently
Real Madrid fans at King Abdullah stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, waving their flags and singing during the match
Thibaut Courtois drops to save a shot from Atletico Madrid Angel Correa in the Spanish Super Cup final
The game was now opening with the galloping Fede Valverde enjoying space on a marauding race that saw him nutmeg Saul and produced a deep cross that found no end.
Mariano was now ready for Jovic and moved away from Trippier only for Saul to come across and save the situation with a winning challenge. Rodrygo, also as a substitute for the second half, also had a chance to win late, but Oblak saved his low shot.
With the last kick of normal time Thomas Partey tried to catch Courtois with an intelligent free kick on his near post but the goalkeeper stifled the shot.
The extra half hour seems to be tough for Sergio Ramos who had his heavily bandaged right ankle before the reboot had fallen badly on it in the second half. It would also be difficult for Atletico to have played the semifinal the day after Madrid.
Valverde fouls Alvaro Morata who earned him a straight red card in the second half of extra time
There was a moment of concern for Real Madrid fans when Sergio Ramos rolled over on his ankle, but was unable to continue
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric tries to control the ball and overtake Renan Lodi, defender of Atletico Madrid
Courtois saved again well from Vitolo at the beginning of the first period of extra time and Oblak then saved from Modric and Mariano at the beginning of the second half. Four minutes from the end Morata was put on goal and Valverde cut him cynically to earn a red card and give a punishment to Atletico that Trippier put on the wall.
There was still time for Thibaut to save from Correa … and then from Thomas from the spot to win the final.
Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is under pressure from Saul Niguez and Hector Herrera from Atletico Madrid
Tensions increased after Valverde’s red card and the referee had to show some other yellow cards to the players
Manager Zinedine Zidane was looking for his first silverware of the season with Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was chasing a trophy, with his team slightly out of rhythm in La Liga