Real Madrid outshine Atletico in thrilling eight-goal match to advance to Super Cup final

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Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 5-3 after extra time in a thrilling battle to reach the Spanish Super Cup final. The game ended in a 3-3 draw in regular time, forcing both teams to play extra time. Mario Hermoso and Antonio Rudiger scored early headed goals for their respective teams. Ferland Mendy then put Madrid ahead before Antoine Griezmann equalized to become Atletico’s all-time leading scorer. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s own goal gave Atletico the lead, but Dani Carvajal leveled the score, sending the game into extra time. A Stefan Savic own goal and a counter-attack goal by substitute Brahim Diaz secured the victory for Real Madrid. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised both teams for their performance and credited his team’s energy in the final stages for the win.

Atletico Madrid, the only team to have beaten Real Madrid this season, started strong with an early chance from Samuel Lino. They took the lead with Hermoso’s header from a Griezmann corner. Mendy then capitalized on a low cross from Carvajal to put Madrid ahead. Griezmann scored again to level the score, surpassing Luis Aragones as Atletico’s top scorer. Rodrygo came close to putting Madrid ahead, but Oblak made a save. Atletico took the lead with an own goal by Arrizabalaga, although Madrid protested for a possible foul. Carvajal’s late goal equalized the score, and Joselu’s header deflected off Savic into his own net, giving Madrid the lead. With Atletico desperate for an equalizer, Diaz scored a counter-attack goal as Oblak was out of position.

Real Madrid will face either Barcelona or Osasuna in the final, with Barcelona aiming to set up a repeat of last season’s Clasico final. Atletico will face Real Madrid again soon in the Copa del Rey. Atletico coach Diego Simeone disagreed with the notion of revenge in football, emphasizing that the upcoming match will be a new knockout game.

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