The first derby ever to be played in the UEFA Super Cup ended in with an extra-time victory for Atletico Madrid as the Europa League holders came from behind to beat Real Madrid 4-2 at the Lilleküla Stadium in Estonia last night.
Atletico’s Diego Costa opened the scoring after just 49 seconds – the fastest in the competition’s history – but Karim Benzema equalized on 27 minutes after some fantastic work from Gareth Bale down the right wing.
Los Blancos then took the lead through Sergio Ramos’ second-half penalty following Juanfran’s handball, though Costa got his second of the match 11 minutes before the end to send the match into an extra period of 30 minutes.
Saul and Koke secured Atletico’s third Super Cup victory with two fantastic finishes and the result suggests that they could mount a serious La Liga title challenge to Real and Barcelona in the coming season. It also highlighted the difficulties that Julen Lopetegui faces having failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo – he may be active in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window.