Real crowned Super Cup champs

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Real Madrid clinched the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday evening after defeating Atletico Madrid on penalties at the King Sport City Abdullah Stadium.

Real named the same starting line-up that did duty over Valencia three days prior. On the other hand, Atleti made just one change in Jose Gimenez at the heart of their defence.

The first opening fell to Los Blancos five minutes from kick off, but Atletico shot-stopper Jan Oblak got across expertly to thwart Casemiro’s left-footed curling shot on the edge of the area.

Both sides opened up towards halftime, as Ferland Mendy put Real on the charge from wingback while Kieran Trippier firied a shot away from a tight angle.

Movements from either bench ten minutes in the second half brought the arrival of Rodrygo for Isco on the path of Real while Diego Simeone threw on Vitolo for Hector Herrera.

Federico Valverde should’ve given Real the lead after 67 minutes when he headed a cross from Luka Jovic against his own knee from six-yards out, much to the crowd’s frustrations.

The match went into extra-time after neither side found the breakthrough amidst the chances propping up from on either end.

Real finished the match with a man down after Valverde made a cynical challenge on Alvaro Morata on the 115th minute, hacking down the Spaniard who was clear on goal, as the match entered a shoot-out.

Los Blancos comfortably executed their first four spot kicks in the penalty shootout, with captain Sergio Ramos hitting the winning strike after Atleti missed one of their four kicks.

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