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Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup with a 2-0 victory in Jeddah in the final match against Athletic Bilbao.
In the 38th minute, Luka Modric took advantage of a great breakthrough on the right side and the assist of Rodrygo, as he masterfully scored from the edge of the penalty area for 1-0. Karim Benzema increased the lead to 2-0, as he successfully realized the penalty that was awarded after Judge Grado reviewed the VAR video.
Athletic had a numerical advantage in the very finish of the match when Eder Militao received a red card after his hand in front of the goal stopped Raul Garcia’s shot. The Basques had a chance to reduce the lead to 2-1 in the 89th minute and try to equalize in the remaining few minutes, but Thibaut Courtois stopped Garcia’s shot from the penalty spot with his foot and in the end it was 2-0 for Real.
Recall, Real beat Barcelona 3-2 in the semifinals, while Athletic was better than Atletico Madrid (2-1). This is Real’s 12th trophy of the winner of the Spanish Super Cup.
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Real Madrid advanced to the finals of the Spanish Super Cup after beating Barcelona in El Clasico last night in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) with the result being 3-2 after extra time.
From the beginning of the game, the forces on the field were quite even and both teams missed several good opportunities in an interesting first half. However, Real managed to use one of them in the 25th minute after a big mistake by the Catalans, and the scorer was Vinicius Junior for 1-0. However, four minutes before the break, Barcelona equalized again after a mistake, this time by Militao. The scorer was De Jong, and the result after the first 45 minutes was 1-1.
We watched identical football in the continuation of the match, and such a game was more suitable for Real, which took a new lead in the 72nd minute. It was a long attack by Real, and in the end in the right place at the right time was the elusive Benzema who put the ball into the net for the great celebration of his team. Barcelona tried to reach a new equalizer by the end of the match, and they succeeded in that seven minutes before the end of the match, when Fati scored for 2-2.
Overtime was then played, and at the very opening, Real secured their third lead tonight. It was a great counter-attack by Los Blancos, as Barca’s defense fell apart and, after Rodrygo’s assist, Valverde put the ball into the net. Barca failed to return to the game for the third time, so the Madrid club won another El Clasico.
Real Madrid will play in the final of the Spanish Super Cup against the better side from the duel between Atletico Madrid and Athletico Bilbao. This match will be played tonight.
Real Madrid suffered an unpleasant defeat in a small local derby away to Getafe. The team from the suburbs of Madrid celebrated with the result of 1-0 and secured their first victory against Los Blancos after 10 years.
At the very start we saw a goal. Enes Unal took advantage of Eder Militao’s bad reaction and put Getafe in the lead. At that time, everything was pointing to an exciting match, and many expected a great initiative from Real. In the following minutes, Los Blancos attacked with all their might, as two attempts by Luka Modric stood out. The Croatian footballer hit the crossbar in the 18th minute. Toni Kroos sent a dangerous shot two minutes later, but the ball went over the goal.
The scoreboard was on the 56th minute, as Sandi Ramirez could have extended the lead, but his powerful free kick went just over the bar. Karim Benzema could have equalized 20 minutes before the end, but he shot straight at the keeper in front of him from a great position. In the first minute of overtime, Modric made a great cross from a free kick, and a great header by Isco was even better defended by David Soria.
It remained 1-0, so Real Madrid recorded their second defeat of this season in La Liga, after the first one against Espanyol at the start of October.
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Real Madrid players stumbled in the 18th round of the Spanish La Liga, drawing 0-0 at home with Cadiz.
The Cadiz players arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with only one goal – to keep their net intact. They had 18 percent of possession of the ball and did not send a single shot into Real’s goal, and yet they succeeded in their intention thanks to Jeremias Ledesma.
The 28-year-old Argentine goalkeeper defended brilliantly and is most deserving of the guests reaching the eighth draw of the season. Ledesma defended a total of nine shots from home players, especially in the 56th minute when he stopped Eden Hazard’s shot with his head, and in the 81st minute when he prevented Karim Benzema from scoring the 14th goal of the season.
Despite winning a point, Cadiz remained on the penultimate place in the table, while Real remained the leader of the Spanish championship.
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Real Madrid defeated Inter 2-0 in the last round of the Champions League’s Group D.
The Kings welcomed Inter at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and recorded their fifth triumph from six games this season in the Champions League with a 2-0 result. The first goal of the match was scored in the 17th minute. Rodrygo found Toni Kroos on the right side, who shot with his left foot from 20 meters and scored for 1-0.
Inter were unsuccessful in attacking and trying to equalize, but when Nicolo Barella naively received a red card for hitting Eder Militao in the 64th minute, it was clear that the points would remain in Madrid. The final 2-0 was set by Marco Asensio in the 79th minute of the match when he shot from the edge of the penalty area and hit the inner side of the post for an eurogoal.
In the second match of this group, the last-placed Shakhtar and Sheriff drew 1-1.