Thibaut Courtois was the hero of Real Madrid as he won the Spanish Super Cup final with a 4-1 victory on penalties against rivals of Atlético Madrid.
Courtois dismissed Thomas Partey’s free kick after making a number of important saves after Federico Valverde’s red card in extra time, as he ended 0-0 after 120 minutes. Saúl Ñíguez also missed Atlético, allowing Sergio Ramos to convert the winning free kick into the first year of the competition’s revised format, which was played in Saudi Arabia.
It was the 11th Super Cup for Real, which dominated the 90 minutes but ended up relying on Courtois to put the penalty with two big stops back into play. The LaLiga game between the two teams ended without goals in September, so it was no surprise that it was a cage in Jeddah.
Real have solved the problem more quickly, but Diego Simeone’s men, who beat Barcelona in the semifinal, created the first great occasion when Joao Felix intercepted Ramos’s passage at the edge of the area, but his snapshot is gone far beyond. Zinedine Zidane’s men began to dominate possession, but this was a Simeon defense against which they stood and the odds were difficult to create. The best of the 45 minutes came when left back Ferland Mendy left adventurously, but the shot was easy for Jan Oblak.
Real Madrid suffered more threats after the break while Luka Jovic was in threatening form, approaching after getting rid of two defenders. Jovic was having fun and provided Valverde with an excellent opportunity in the middle of the second half, but the defender somehow got down on his knees inside the six-yard box.
Atlético have been encamped in their midfield but had the chance to move forward with 11 minutes remaining when Kieran Trippier fielded Álvaro Morata but his former Chelsea teammate, Courtois, went down well to avoid a shot. bass.
With the overtime, Real had the opportunity to claim glory when the ball fell on Rodrygo, but he shot straight at Oblak. Valverde saw red in the extra period for knocking down Morata when he was on goal and then Courtois had to produce two great saves to keep his team. He kept Trippier’s low cross out and then did well to stop Angel Correa’s effort and those bailouts proved vital.
After Saul missed Atlético’s opening penalty by hitting the post, the Belgian stopper then saved Partey’s effort to put Real in command. Ramos finished the job while Zidane collected more silverware.
Simeone said: “Fede Valverde’s red card was the most important moment of the game. I told him not to worry, that someone would do the same in his position. He won the game.”