UEFA Super Cup match report Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid 15 August 2018
Posted: 15 August 2018 Time: 22:38
Diego Costa netted a brace to inspire Atletico Madrid to a 4-2 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
Atletico suprised many when they went ahead inside the first minute as Diego Costa turned his marker before brilliantly volleying past Keylor Navas.
Los Blancos dominated the possession and they were eventually level in the 26th minute thanks to Karim Benzema's header at the back post..
Despite Real's dominance, clear cut chances were hard to come by and they were restricted to efforts from distance.
That proved to be the trend for the rest of the half as the sides went into the break level pegging.
After a quiet start to the second half, Real were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute when Diego Godin was handled in the box.
With Cristiano Ronaldo gone, Sergio Ramos took over penalty duties and he made no mistake to put his side 2-1.
However, Atletico pushed for an equaliser and they were rewarded in the 79th minute, with Costa finishing off a well worked move in the six-yard box.
Los Blancos went in search of a winning goal in the final 10 minutes of the half, but they were unable to carve out an opening as the game went into extra-time.
It was Atletico who took the lead in the 98th minute as Saul niguez found the top corner with a wonderful volley, following a cross from Thomas Partey.
Koke then got in on the act as the midfielder latched onto a fine pass from Vitolo, before firing past Navas with a first-time finish.
Los Blancos did push for goals in the second half of extra-time but Atletico managed to see out the remaining stages to clinch the win.