Real Madrid beats Atletico 5-3 in extra time thriller to reach Spanish Super Cup final

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (AP) After personal targets, goalkeeping errors, and a milestone by Antoine Griezmann, Actual Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in a dramatic extra-time triumph within the semifinals of the Spanish Tremendous Cup in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Madrid defeated its opponent 5-3 thanks to 2 late targets from Griezmann, who eclipsed Luis Aragonés as Atletico’s all-time main scorer with 174.

Madrid will face both Barcelona or Osasuna within the closing on Sunday, with each groups assembly in Riyadh on Thursday.

“It was a back-and-forth match,” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti defined. “They carried out effectively within the first half, and within the second, we have been in a position to enhance. Each groups carried out fairly effectively. It was a terrific contest; we prevailed as a result of we had a bit extra vitality ultimately.”

Six minutes into the sport, Atletico grabbed the lead with a header by Mario Hermoso after a cross by Griezmann, however Madrid regained the lead with Antonio Rüdiger within the twentieth and Ferland Mendy within the twenty ninth.

Griezmann netted his milestone aim within the thirty seventh minute with a right-footed low drive from past the field following a intelligent change of route to beat defenders. The France attacker has not scored in three video games since matching Aragonés with two targets towards Getafe within the Spanish league in December.

Rüdiger’s personal aim within the 78th minute put Atletico forward once more, however Dani Carvajal equalized within the eighty fifth, sending the sport into further time. Rüdiger’s personal aim resulted after a mistake by Madrid goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga whereas making an attempt to retrieve a ball that had handed into the world. Kepa could not grasp on to the ball, which ricocheted off Rüdiger and again into the web.

Madrid took the lead late in further time after Atletico defender Stefan Savic discovered his personal internet whereas making an attempt to intercept a cross by Carvajal within the 116th. Brahim Díaz sealed the win in stoppage time by hitting the open internet after Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak left his space to assist the assault the opposite method. Díaz ran by Oblak close to midfield and scored.

Díaz acquired the sport’s sole yellow card for taking off his shirt throughout the celebration. Since 1974, no Madrid derby has ended and not using a yellow card.

It was the primary of three conferences in lower than a month between the Madrid rivals. They may also face off within the Copa del Rey subsequent week at Atletico’s Metropolitano Stadium, and within the Spanish league in February at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Madrid has received its earlier 5 video games in all competitions and is on a 20-game undefeated streak. The staff’s sole setback this season got here in September to Atletico Madrid within the Spanish league.

Diego Simeone’s staff went on a robust run following that house win towards Madrid, advancing to the Champions League knockout spherical and climbing to close the highest of the Spanish league, nevertheless it has solely received two of its final six matches in all competitions and has dropped out of the Champions League locations within the Spanish league.

Atletico and Madrid additionally met within the 2020 Tremendous Cup closing, with Madrid prevailing on penalties in what was the primary time the competitors was held in Saudi Arabia as a part of a profitable multi-year settlement between the groups and the Spanish Soccer Federation.

The viewers remained primarily silent throughout Wednesday’s encounter, and there seemed to be jeers throughout the minute of silence in reminiscence of German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who died this week.

The Saudi followers booed Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, who has questioned elite gamers’ option to play in Saudi Arabia.

The Tremendous Cup’s distinctive “closing 4” format pairs the highest two golf equipment from the Spanish league final season towards the earlier two Copa del Rey finalists.

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