JEDDAH (Reuters) – Real Madrid was named the winner of the revised Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. After a goalless draw after extra time in an exciting final, the penalty shootout prevailed against the city rivals Atletico Madrid with 4: 1.
Sergio Ramos wins the trophy while Real Madrid players win the REUTERS / Waleed Ali Super Cup
The crucial moment came when real midfielder Federico Valverde intentionally showered Alvaro Morata with a foul in the 115th minute, preventing a clear chance for Atletico.
Zinedine Zidane's team survived the final round of the game to enforce the penalty shootout. Captain Sergio Ramos calmly sent Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the wrong way to convert Real's decisive fourth penalty and seal the season's first cup.
Real's Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo Goes and Luka Modric also scored on penalties, while Saul Niguez hit the post and Thibaut Courtois struck the ball after a goal from Kieran Trippier when Atletico started a nightmare.
Ramos took the Super Cup to the sky in Jeddah when Real won the trophy for the eleventh time. It was a 10th trophy for Real under coach Zidane, the first since the Frenchman's return to the role in March last year after he stepped down in 2018.
"We have the experience you need in the dramatic moments," said Ramos, who also praised Valverde for his crucial foul on Morata.
Real midfielder Isco added: "The final was thanks to Valverde, he was very intelligent and sacrificed himself for the team."
The shootout victory also kept Zidane's flawless record in the final: The Frenchman won all nine outstanding performances that he had achieved with Real as a coach.
“Zidane's results speak for themselves. I am a defender of "Zizou", he deserves the respect of the dressing room and the real fans, "added Ramos.
Oblak and Courtois were the top performers in a 90-minute break that forced the city rivals to extend the fifth consecutive final since 2013.
Courtois had an outstanding parade when he denied Morata late in regular time after a costly Trippier pass, while Slovenian international Oblak scored an excellent one-two overtime to defeat Luka Modric and then Mariano Diaz.
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Reporting by Richard Martin; Cut by Toby Davis