Atlético Madrid slams 4 goals at Real Madrid and wins the European Super-cup!
The European season has been perfectly launched by both Madrid teams! Six goals, reversals, for, ultimately, a Supercup for Atlético Madrid that made the difference in overtime (4-2). Diego Costa and the replacements were diabolical in the finish.
The lesson: Atlético starts its season by defeating the sworn enemy
Real Madrid‘s 2017-18 fiscal year ended in apotheosis in Kiev on May 26, the new start with a defeat in Tallinn. The Madrid derby that served as the first official match of the two clubs in the Spanish capital turned to the advantage of the winner of the last Europa League. The Atletico Madrid has won its third European Supercup in as many participations (2010, 2012 and therefore 2018). The evening was long but had already started well for Diego Simeone’s men. After less than fifty seconds of play, Diego Godin’s long ball was perfectly controlled by Diego Costa, who took over Sergio Ramos. The Atletico striker then took advantage of a hesitation Raphaël Varane to create space. Off-center on the right, the Spaniard sent a missile into the opposite corner of Keylor Navas (0-1, 1st). Not slaughtered, the Merengue returned little by little in the meeting. Marco Asensio saw his heels inspired to be pushed back by Jan Oblak (17th), then Marcelo did not fit his shot on the edge of the penalty area (25th).
In the wake, Karim Benzema, cross-headed, victoriously took a perfect center right foot Gareth Bale (1-1, 26th). Asensio was close to doubling the lead in the wake, taking advantage of a wandering defense of Atlético, but crossed too much his shot (29th). After new chances of Asensio (34th) and Bale (39th), Real ended up taking the lead after the hour. Following a clumsy hand foul of Juanfran, Ramos quietly transformed the penalty (2-1, 63e). In the last half-hour, when Diego Simeone’s men could hardly be seen coming back, Diego Costa had just concluded a fine action by Juanfran and Angel Correa (2-2, 79).
In overtime, the light came from Saul Niguez, who volleyed a center back Thomas Party mystifying Navas (2-3, 98th). A little more than five minutes later, Vitolo served ideally Koke, who concluded the flat foot (2-4, 104th). The fourth goal in five shots for Atletico Madrid, which sickened his neighbor. Appearing much cooler physically than their opponents, Atlético flew overtime to end the reign of Real, winner of the last two editions.
The winners: Simeone and the Atlético bench
The coaching duel was largely won by Diego Simeone. When Luka Modric, Dani Ceballos, and other Lucas Vazquez could not bring much-added value to the Merengue in this meeting, the entrants on the side of Atlético have completely upset the game. Entered the game in the place of an Antoine Griezmann very little insight, Angel Correa appeared very twirling in the attack of the Colchoneros. He notably gave the goal of the 2-2 to Diego Costa (79th). Vitolo, who replaced Rodri twenty minutes from the end of regulation time, also brought a lot, even if clumsy on some sequences. On the fourth goal, he made the connection between the good work of Diego Costa and Koke, completing the success of Atlético (104th). As for Thomas Party, the substitute Thomas Lemar just before the extension, it is he who stood back for the jewel of Saul Niguez (98). A perfect coaching for Simeone.
The loser: Varane, less at the party than in Russia
A month and a few hours after having raised the World Cup with the whole team of France, at the end of a World Championship he had flown from end to end, Raphaël Varane had a very complicated evening in Estonia. From the first minute of play, the defender was guilty of a fatal hesitation on the opening score of Diego Costa. While Sergio Ramos was on the front line with his tough duels with Costa (8th, 18th, 65th), Varane struggled to establish himself as a boss. On the equalizer of Atlético (79th), the French surprised once again by his hazardous placement. The worst happened during the overtime, during which physical fatigue certainly played a role. The Vice-captain of the Bleus lost a ball close to his goalkeeper, leading to the third goal of the Atlético (98th). A match that does not detract from what Varane showed in Russia, but that highlights all the work, especially physical, that remains to be done to be successful again this season.