UEFA Super Cup: Atletico see off rivals Real Madrid in Tallinn

Atletico Madrid 4-2 Real Madrid, Tallinn
(Costa 1, 79′, Saul 98′, Koke 104′ — Benzema 27′, Ramos pen 63′)

Atletico Madrid overcame their hoodoo against Real Madrid to beat them in European competition for the first time in six attempts after a six-goal thriller in the UEFA Super Cup in Estonia.

The annual play-off between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League is often a tepid affair, but this was an open and absorbing contest from the off. Diego Costa got Atletico off to the perfect start, rifling a stunning shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle after just 49 seconds.

Real were beginning a new era without the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo and three-time Champions League-winning coach Zinedine Zidane, but quickly gained control of the game in front of new coach Julen Lopetegui.

Los Blancos were level after 27 minutes when Gareth Bale raced clear down the right and picked out Benzema at the far post, whose header beat Oblak.

Real Madrid remained the dominant side and nedged ahead just after the hour mark from the spot after the ball struck Juanfran, under pressure from Benzema, on the arm. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos cooly sent Oblak the wrong way.

But just as Real appeared to be heading for victory, Costa grabbed his second of the game, a tap-in from close range, to force extra time — and Real couldn’t live with Atletico when the game resumed for another half an hour.

Source: DW

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