Real Madrid triumph over Atletico in thrilling eight-goal match, secures spot in Super Cup final


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Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 5-3 in a thrilling match to advance to the Spanish Super Cup final. After a 3-3 scoreline in regulation time, the game went into extra time. Stefan Savic’s own goal, under pressure from Joselu, gave Madrid the lead, and substitute Brahim Diaz sealed the victory. Madrid will now face either Barcelona or Osasuna in the final, who will meet in the other semi-final scheduled for Thursday.

The match started with an early exchange of headed goals between Mario Hermoso and Antonio Rudiger. Ferland Mendy then put Madrid ahead, but Antoine Griezmann leveled the score to become Atletico’s all-time leading scorer. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s own goal gave Atletico the lead, but Dani Carvajal equalized for Madrid, forcing the match into extra time. Savic’s own goal and Diaz’s counter-attack goal secured the win for Madrid.

Atletico, the only team to defeat Madrid this season, started strongly with Lino testing Arrizabalaga before Hermoso’s opener. Mendy then capitalized on Carvajal’s cross to give Madrid the lead. Griezmann leveled the score again before halftime, surpassing Luis Aragones as Atletico’s all-time top scorer. Oblak made crucial saves for Atletico, while Carvajal and Rodrygo threatened for Madrid. Atletico took the lead through an unfortunate collision between Arrizabalaga and Morata, resulting in an own goal. However, Carvajal’s late goal forced the match into extra time. Savic’s own goal and Diaz’s goal sealed the win for Madrid.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised Atletico’s performance and attributed Madrid’s victory to their energy in the final stages, with the substitutes making significant contributions.

Going forward, Barcelona will aim to set up a Clasico final by defeating Osasuna in the other semi-final. Atletico will face Real Madrid again in the Copa del Rey next week. Atletico coach Diego Simeone disagreed with the idea of revenge, emphasizing that each knockout game is unique.

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