Atletico Beat Neighbours Real to Win Spanish Super Cup

Atletico Madrid outlasted city rivals 2-1 on aggregate to win the Spanish Super Cup.

Mario Mandzukic first strike since joining the ‘Los Roji Blancos’ from Bayern Munich in the close season made all the difference at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Coach Diego Simeone was sent off for patting the head of the fourth official, while Real’s Luka Modric got his marching order in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.

Atletico Madrid Claim Spanish Super Cup at the Expense of Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid Claim Spanish Super Cup at the Expense of Real Madrid.

James Rodriguez and Raul Garcia came close to scoring for the Cup holders and La Liga champions respectively.

The first leg of the tie- a repeat of last season’s Champions League final- ended 1-all draw at the Santiago Bernebeu and Carlo Ancelotti’s men, despite making some significant purchases in the close season knew they will be up against a resilient Atletico side buoyed by their vociferous crowd.

Cristiano Ronaldo pulled up with a hamstring injury in the first leg and was only named on the bench.

Real was caught napping within 90 seconds of kick-off, as Raphael Varane’s misjudged header allowed his countryman Antoine Griezmann to feed Mandzukic who volleyed home the winner.

The star-studded visitors slowly discovered some momentum and Modric almost restored parity but volleyed inches over the crossbar from outside the area.

James Rodriguez then forced a terrific save off Miguel Angel Moya before the Colombian World Cup star directed a header just wide of the target.

Garcia should have doubled the league champions’s lead before the break but headed Koke’s corner over the bar from close range.

Toni Kroos had struggled to make an impact in the opening half and the German made way for Ronaldo at the break, but it was Garcia who came close to scoring at the start of the second-half, turning Koke’s free-kick onto the underside of the bar.

Garcia then fired wide after beaten goalkeeper Iker Cassillas.

Ronaldo’s first real impression, a thunderous shot, was well kept out by Moya.

Real were reduced to ten men in stoppage time, as Modric was sent off for a second bookable offence when he impeded Cristian Rodriguez.

The victory ends Real hopes of claiming all six rophies at their disposal this season.

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