Spanish giants Real Madrid became the latest team to etch their name on the Spanish Super Cup after beating cross-town rivals Atlético to the honour with a 4-1 win in the penalty shootout in Saudi Arabia.
Thibaut Courtois was the hero for Los Blancos as he kept out Thomas Partey’s spot-kick after making a number of vital saves following Federico Valverde’s red card in extra-time. Saúl Ñíguez also missed for Atlético, allowing Sergio Ramos to convert the winning spot-kick.
It was an 11th Super Cup for Real, who dominated the 90 minutes but ended up relying on Courtois to send the game to penalties with two big stops after the encounter ended 0-0 after 120 minutes. Real settled the quickest during the match but Diego Simeone’s men, who beat Barcelona in the semi-finals, created the first big chance as Joao Felix intercepted Ramos’ pass on the edge of the area, but his snapshot went wide of the far post.
Their best of the opening 45 minutes came when left-back Ferland Mendy went on an adventurous run before his shot was easily saved by Jan Oblak. Los Blancos carried on the threat immediately after the break as Luka Jovic went close after getting free of two defenders. Jovic provided a superb chance for Valverde midway through the second half, but the defender somehow headed on to his own knee inside the six-yard box.
Atlético had a chance to go ahead with 11 minutes left when Kieran Trippier teed up Álvaro Morata but his former Chelsea team-mate, Courtois got down well to keep out a low shot. With extra-time looming, Real had a chance to pull ahead as the ball fell to Rodrygo only for his shot to zip straight to Oblak.
Courtois kept out Trippier’s low cross and then did well to stop Angel Correa’s effort and those saves proved vital. After Saul missed Atlético’s opening penalty by hitting the post, the Belgian stopper then made a save off Partey’s effort to put Real in command. Ramos finished the job as Zinedine Zidane was gifted yet another piece of silverware.