Atletico sink Real Madrid to win Super Cup

Hope Soto
August 16, 2018

Real had previously beat Atletico in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals and knocked them out of the competition in 2015 and 2017.

Costa gave Atlético an early lead in typical style, latching on to his own flicked header to barge towards goal and lash in from a tight angle.

Losing the first big game of the post Cristiano Ronaldo era is a big problem for Madrid's new coach Julen Lopegetui, even if both Benzema and Bale showed they can deliver more now that they are out of the Portuguese's shadow. "I have confidence in this club, in the coach and I saw tonight that I was not mistaken", said Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann who was linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, two Spanish rivals who have dominated the scenes of football slug it out for supremacy in Europe. At 2-1 up, Bale anxious Atletico with a driving run past five defenders before his shot was blocked while in the very last move of normal time, the Welshman nearly set up a dramatic victor only for Marcelo to miskick his attempted volley. Costa answered with another goal in the 79th minute to level the match.

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Atletico went ahead again in extra-time through Saul's brilliant volley, slamming into the top right corner from 20 yards after good work from Thomas Partey on the left and some help from Ramos and Varane's sloppy play.

The powerful Costa and substitute Vitolo then set up Koke to make it 4-2, securing victory and giving Atletico their seventh trophy since Simeone took charge in late 2011.

But having made the switch to Real, they've turned on him big-time and are planning to get back at him during the Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano in February.

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