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  • Updated: January 13, 2020

Madrid See Off Atletico On Penalties To Win Spanish Super Cup


Real Madrid edged fierce city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1, yesterday, in a penalty shootout to scoop their 11th Supercopa de Espana title with club captain, Sergio Ramos tucking home the decisive spot-kick after a dour goalless draw.

Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey will both be feeling like villains after failing to convert their opening two penalties before Ramos stepped up to confidently send Jan Oblak the wrong way.

Federico Valverde and Alvaro Morata - against his former club - spurned the best opportunities of a dull 90 minutes at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Sunday, though the quality did improve in extra-time.

Despite a bright start in Jeddah in which Casemiro and Joao Felix both went close, the match failed to spark into life until after the restart when Luka Jovic flashed a low strike just wide.

Jovic was at the heart of a great chance soon after as his cross fell for Valverde in the six-yard box, only for the youngster to direct his header down onto his knee and out of play.

Morata, who rightly had claims for a penalty rejected in the first half, was guilty of similar profligacy with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, side-footing a tame effort straight at Thibaut Courtois after latching onto Kieran Trippier's pass.

Courtois was called into action again in extra-time, keeping out Vitolo's effort before making an instinctive save from a Morata volley and his counterpart, Oblak, had to make a double save to keep Madrid at bay at the other end, with Valverde then deservedly seeing red for a desperate professional foul on Morata and it took penalties to settle it after another two fine stops from Courtois.

The two sides will now return to league duties where Atletico square off against Eibar while Real Madris welcome Sevilla in what would be a reunion with former manager, Julen Lopetegui

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