Atletico beat Real 2-1 on aggregate to win Spanish Super Cup
Atletico Madrid overcame their famous city rivals Real Madrid to win the Spanish Super Cup 2-1 on aggregate with their first encounter ending in a 1-1 draw followed by a 1-0 win for the home side in the second.
Mario Mandzukic scored his first goal for Atletico when the club won 1-0, with the Croat firing in low from inside the area after just two minutes. Raul Garcia also went close for the league champions, who had coach Diego Simeone sent off for patting the head of the fourth official.
James Rodriguez had Real's best chances with two shots that flew past the post. The Colombia World Cup star, who scored in the first leg, also had an effort pushed away by keeper Miguel Angel Moya and headed wide, The BBC reported.
The 71 million pounds signing from Monaco FC was one of Real's better performers inside the Vicente Calderon stadium, with Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema all disappointing. And Cristiano Ronaldo barely threatened when he came on in the second half.
As for Atletico, they resembled the battle-hardened side that won the title much more than the team that drew 1-1 against Real in Tuesday's first leg. Their coach also picked up where he left off in the Champions League final by being sent to the stands by referee David Fernandez Borlaban.
Simeone was seen protesting that right-back Juanfran had not been allowed back onto the field quickly enough after receiving treatment for a facial injury before he patted the fourth official on the head, which led to his dismissal.
The match on the whole was entertaining and was provided with an early jolt when Croatia striker Mandzukic scored moments after the kick off.
Moya, who replaced Thibaut Courtois in the summer, launched the ball downfield, which found its way to Antoine Griezmann. The France international, acquired from Real Sociedad during pre-season, found Mandzukic who ran in on goal and drove his shot past Iker Casillas, the report added.
(Posted on 24-08-2014)