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MATCH RECAP

Atleti miss out on Spanish Super Cup

Our team lost on penalties on Sunday after the game had finished 0-0.

Miguel Warren-Piper

Atleti lost the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid on penalties on Sunday.

We started the match strongly, collecting several chances in the opening minutes. Morata and especially Joao Félix were the closest to giving us the lead. Casemiro also had an early shot on goal, but Oblak was there to block the strike. Atleti pressured high up the pitch, which allowed us to recover the ball close to Real Madrid’s box. We were very menacing when we managed to do so, and collected further chances as a consequence.

Zidane’s men then improved and started to control the ball more, and the final minutes of the first half were quiet in comparison with the beginning of the clash. Jovic almost scored after the break, but his strike went just wide of Oblak’s left post. Simeone’s first move was to bring Vitolo on for Herrera, which meant that Saúl switched from the wing to central midfield. We pushed and found a massive chance ten minutes before the end of the clash, as an excellent Trippier pass found Morata but the Spaniard’s close-range strike was denied by Courtois. Llorente came on for Lodi just before stoppage time, and Atleti had one last chance through a long Thomas shot.

The game went to extra time and our team almost scored very early on. First Vitolo struck from inside the box and forced the keeper to make a fine save, and Giménez headed the ball over the crossbar just second after. Simeone made two further substitutions some 100 minutes into the game, as Arias and Savic came on for Joao Félix and Giménez. Morata had a great chance to score from a corner that was denied by Courtois’ foot. Our team was playing better in extra time, pushing and creating problems for Real Madrid’s defence. Valverde was sent off five minutes before the end for bringing down Morata when he was through on goal, and we subsequently had another fantastic chance that Courtois saved in style.

Unfortunately, we were unable to get the goal we deserved, and Real Madrid went on to win the Spanish Super Cup on penalties. 

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