Real vs Atletico: Courtois and Velverde heroics in Super Cup, Reactions

Fredrico Velverde in press conference after Atletico vs Real Madrid match

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in penalty shoot-out in King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah, after regular time and extratime saw both sides were at level at 0-0.

Both the team produced few good chances but neither could beat opponent goalkeepers. Oblak and Courtois had sensational performance during regular time and extra time.

Courtois saved Lemar shot in Penalty Shoot-out

The Real captain sent Jan Oblak the wrong way to secure the trophy after a goalless 120 minutes in Saudi Arabia.

Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey missed their penalties for Atletico.
Real Madrid had ended the game with 10 men after Federico Valverde was sent off in extra time for fouling Alvaro Morata when he was clean through.

The dramatic finale was at odds with what was a largely turgid encounter at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.
Joao Felix had the best opportunity of a quiet first half, but he could only shoot wide from the edge of the box after he had been gifted possession by Ramos.

Fredrico Velverde Foul and Red Card

The game’s major flashpoint came with five minutes remaining in extra time when Valverde cynically tackled Morata just outside the Penalty box when he was clean through on goal, sparking a melee involving both sets of players.

In the shootout, Saul saw his spot-kick hit the post before Thomas’ effort was saved by Courtois, giving Ramos the chance to secure Real’s 11th Spanish Super Cup triumph.
The tournament had a new format this season, with the top two from La Liga and the Copa del Rey finalists playing in a four-team competition rather than the two winners playing each other.
Real, despite finishing third in La Liga, qualified because Barcelona won the league and finished runners-up in the Cup.

Fredrico Veverde – Man of the Match

Real Madrid star Federico Valverde has apologized for a shocking tackle which saw him sent off in his side’s Spanish Super Cup triumph against Atletico Madrid Sunday.
The Uruguayan was shown a red card with just five minutes remaining of extra-time for cynically hacking down Alvaro Morata as the Atletico striker broke clean through on goal.
The incident on the edge of the box sparked a melee involving both sets of players with Atletico furious with the way Valverde had denied them a chance to score a late winner.

“It was something that I should not have done. I apologized to Morata, but it was the only thing I could do because he’s a very fast player,” said Valverde after the match.
“I’m happy to win the title but I’m still stuck with what I did because it’s not right.”
With the match goalless at the time, Real Madrid recovered to win the final 4-1 in a penalty shootout with the midfielder being named Man of the Match for his dominating performance.