JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid on penalties Sunday in the Spanish Super Cup final played in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“We came to get this trophy. We really had to work. It was a great final. You had a rival that played very well and it’s another trophy. We have to congratulate all the players, including the ones who did not play but were at the training sessions. We believed in victory until the end,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.
Zidane’s squad won the penalty shootout 4-1 on kicks by Carvajal, Rodrygo, Modric and Sergio Ramos after the clubs played to a 0-0 draw in regulation time and overtime.
Atletico’s Saul, who hit the post, and Thomas, whose shot was stopped by Thibaut Courtois, missed, while Trippier scored the club’s lone point in the shootout.
Real Madrid has now won 11 Super Cups, having previously claimed the title in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, and 2017.
Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde was voted the Man of the Match but was unable to finish after getting a straight red card for a tactical foul that prevented Atletico from scoring a goal.
“He did the right thing. He had to commit that foul. Fede has won the trophy as best player of the tournament,” Zidane said.
The 21-year-old Uruguayan midfielder was tossed from the match with five minutes of regulation time remaining for preventing Atletico’s Alvaro Morata from scoring what appeared to be a sure goal by taking him down from behind.
Valverde will miss Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Sevilla because of his ejection from Sunday’s match.
The two clubs were unable to score on the few opportunities they had in regulation time.
Real Madrid went into overtime short a man due to Valverde’s ejection in the 115th minute but managed to pull off the win, thanks to its performance in the penalty shootout at King Abdullah Sports City.
Both clubs went into Sunday’s final in phenomenal shape.
Real Madrid has not lost a match since Oct. 19, when it fell to Mallorca. Since then, the club has won 10 matches and played to five draws.
Atletico, for its part, had not lost a match since being beaten 1-0 by Barcelona on Dec. 1, posting five wins, including a 3-2 victory over the Catalan team in the Super Cup semifinals, and playing to one tie.
Zidane, an expert on winning finals and titles, has now won two Super Cups with Real Madrid.
In Jeddah, Zidane came away with his 9th career title and showed that he can come up with the right strategy to adjust to his club’s rivals.
Atletico Madrid’s Argentine coach Diego Simeone, for his part, acknowledged that Real Madrid and Valverde had used the correct tactics.
“The most important play of the match was the move by Valverde. That play deprived us of a goal that probably would have decided the match,” Simeone said.
The Atletico Madrid coach said there were no hard feelings.
“It was the most important play and I told him not to worry about it, that anyone would have done the same thing in his place. He had to do it,” Simeone said.