Campeones de la Supercopa de Espana: Jeddah is painted Royal White.
Jan 13, 2020.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Supercopa 2020 Final)
Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos (C), Varane, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Isco, Jovic
Zidane rolled out the same line-up that did so well against Valencia on Wednesday. He trusted his asymmetrical 4-5-1/4-3-2-1 formation to try and takedown Simeone's defense.
Real Madrid wanted to keep the ball and dictate the play from the beginning. Atletico Madrid had other ideas. They saw what Los Blancos did against Valencia and had a perfect plan to counter. They sat in a low block, similar to Valencia, but instead of a passive low block, they were actively pressing. Whenever Real had the ball back in their half Atleti players pressed high and denied Real Madrid space. Once Madrid managed to get past the press and control the possession, Atleti dropped deep but stayed tight and compact, and quick to pounce with intensity. However, Real Madrid did well to keep possession and control the game. Modric went for a long-range effort after Carvajal let the ball through, but his shot was straight to Oblak. Rojiblancos' high press yielded a reward when Sergio Ramos was forced into a bad giveaway straight to Joao Felix on top of the box. Joao Felix, though, hurried his shot and dragged the ball wide.
Atletico's compactness meant nothing passed through the middle of the pitch. Los Blancos were forced to play the ball wide. Against the run of play, Morata found himself in space outside the box; takes a shot at goal. His attempt goes wide. Both Isco and Joao Felix were also lucky to continue without getting booked for rough tackles. At this stage, Real Madrid was recycling possession effectively and created some fun sequences. However, those plays lacked a decisive final ball and never amounted to anything.
Mendy and Jovic had a nice one-two that sent the French left-back through, but he was unable to pass the ball back to Jovic for a shooting opportunity. A few minutes later, Carvajal received a line-breaking pass from Isco at the top of the box, but he couldn't turn quick enough to make anything out of it. Another opportunity fell on Mendy's lap when we made an impressive run down the left, went past Trippier, and took a shot at goal. However, it was easy to save for Oblak. In the last minute of the first half, Casemiro's header flew inches wide following Kroos' corner.
Half-Time (Real Madrid 0 - 0 Atletico Madrid)
Zidane's men did well to settle down and control possession following an early high press and intensity from Atletico Madrid. Rojiblancos kept the press occasionally but never dialed back their intensity. They used their physicality to break play and prevent Real Madrid from finding a rhythm. Madrid's decision making in the final third was below par.
Luka Jovic started the second half hot. He made a bursting run through three Atleti players into the penalty area but did not manage to get a shot off on time. Three minutes later, Modric, passed the ball to the Serbian who twist and turned brilliantly before taking a shot across goal. Unfortunately, his wonderful effort went inches wide.
Isco had a few good moments, but he did not have the same impact as he did in the semifinal. He was replaced by Rodrygo in the 61st minute. The Brazillian added a much-needed directness to Real's game. An intricate play among Jovic, Carvajal, and Rodrygo on the right released the Serbian into space. His attempted pass to Valverde is deflected, but eventually finds a way to the Uruguayan. Alas, he fluffs his header onto his knees and misses the goal from six yards out.
Morata gets a fantastic opportunity to give Atleti the lead when Trippier sends a ball over the top, and the former Chelsea striker is one-on-one with Courtois. The Belgian goalkeeper keeps Real Madrid in the game with a great save. Jovic had an eventful second-half but failed to get on the scoresheet. Zidane replaced him with Mariano in the 83rd minute. Rodrygo also got a chance to clinch the game; his shot from the top of the 18-yard line is straight to Oblak. In the dying minutes, Partey attempts a cheeky shot at goal from a freekick; however, Courtois reads it adeptly and makes the save.
Full-time (Real Madrid 0 - 0 Atletico Madrid)
Both the teams had numerous chances to win the game but were unable to take it. Real Madrid's final ball had a lot to be desired. Atletico Madrid did excellently stick with their gameplan and managed to conjure a few goal-scoring opportunities. Neither team was able to finish it off. So the game went to extra-time.
There were very few noteworthy incidents in the first half of extra time. Both teams looked a bit tired. Vitolo had a chance at goal after a pass from Morata, but his shot was saved by Courtois. Kroos replaced by Vinicius in the 100th minute.
The second period of extra-time was a different story. The game opened up, and both teams got multiple chances to score. Atletico more so than Real. A misjudged clearance from Courtois leads to an overhead kick from Morata. Los Blancos keeper makes good save with his leg. On the other end, Mariano lays the ball for Modric, who shoots at goal from the top of the box. Oblak makes a splendid save. The rebound falls to Mariano; he hits it straight to the keeper. The biggest play of the game came around 115th minute when Morata is sent clean through on goal by Vitolo. Fede Valverde sacrifices himself for the team as he takes Morata down from behind with a tactical foul. The 21 yeard old is sent off for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Trippier takes the freekick and hits it straight on the wall. Courtois had to make two last-minute saves to take the game to penalties. One from a Mendy deflection and another a Correa shot from a tight angle. Neither of them was clear chances but tricky.
After Extra Time (Real Madrid 0 - 0 Atletico Madrid)
Both goalkeepers had to make important saves to keep their respective teams in the game. Fede had to make the challenge to stop Morata who was clean through on goal.
Carvajal scored the first penalty.
Saul hit the post, and Partey's penalty is brilliantly saved by Courtois.
Young Rodrygo smashed his penalty in the top right corner.
Both Modric and Trippier score their penalty.
Sergio Ramos scored the winning penalty; Real Madrid wins Supercopa.
Real Madrid win on shootouts 4-1
This was a tough game to watch.
Simeone's gameplan to stifle Madrid's progression through the middle worked.
Los Blancos managed to control the game for the most part, but their decision making in the final third was disappointing.
The players showed character, stayed in the game towards the end of extra-time, and won the game in penalties.
Three stars of the match
Fede Valverde: He had a game-saving tackle that got him a red card. That is what most people will talk about. However, he was also incredible throughout the game. He was defensively impressive and worked hard as a ball carrier. He had a game-high nine completed dribbles.
Thibaut Courtois: What a turnaround for the Belgian. He has made a 180-degree turn in his form. He made several important saves towards the end to keep Real Madrid in the game. He also made a match-winning penalty save.
Kroos: He hardly put a foot wrong. As usual, he had a clinical game in the midfield. He had 99 passes with 97 percent accuracy and five key passes.