Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Valverde, Ramos decisive as Real Madrid outlast Atletico yet again

Valverde, Ramos decisive as Real Madrid outlast Atletico yet again

Real Madrid have emerged as the winners of the Spanish Supercopa after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties on Sunday night.

Real midfielder Federico Valverde was sent off in the 115th minute for hauling down Alvaro Morata when the Spain striker was through on goal, but Zinedine Zidane's side survived the final stretch of the game to force penalties.

Atletico will now book a derby showdown with Real Madrid but the result of the game got Messi raging, with the Argentine blasting "childish" mistakes from his side, Goal reports. "It's not good what I did, but it was all I could do. I'm happy to win the trophy, but I'm left feeling bad about that".

And although the final lacked goals and quality finishing, there was drama until the end and joy on the faces of Real Madrid's players as Ramos hoisted another trophy under the fireworks. Nine of them have come in cup competitions - the other being a La Liga title - and the French coach has never lost a final across his two spells in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I have won many things as a player and now as a coach", said Zidane.

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It was the first year that the competition was expanded to include four teams and was moved to a neutral location.

'We know what football is like, that there is always permanent instability.

Joao Felix and Lionel Messi squared up to each other as tempers flared in Atletico Madrid's Super Cup victory over Barcelona on Thursday. We had to have patience.

The team were competitive, we were facing one of the best teams in the world, together with Liverpool, Bayern. and that means we need to keep working to keep getting better.

"Sometimes you think about playing in a different way to how we usually do".

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