Aug. Stürmer Diego Costa von Europa-League-Sieger Atletico Madrid hat mit seinem Führungstreffer gegen Real Madrid im UEFA Supercup. Aug. Außenseiter Atletico gewinnt den europäischen Supercup - Real Madrid kassiert eine herbe Pleite. SPORT1 hat die Einzelkritik. Aug. Mindestens 50 Euro müssen gezahlt werden, um das Spiel um den europäischen Supercup zu verfolgen. Real Madrid, der Gewinner der.
The needle flickers, form fluctuates, priorities change and, when you are a club as stuffed with talent as Real Madrid, trophies usually follow.
Perhaps they would have lost with Ronaldo. Perhaps the game would not even have gone to extra time. Perhaps he would not even have played last season, against Manchester United in Skopje, he came off the bench with eight minutes remaining.
Perhaps he would have done something stupid, as he did in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona last season and got himself banned for five games.
But none of that matters: Discussion of narrative in football tends to prompt a roll of the eyes but, much as with gods, even if narratives are false or nonexistent they can exert a powerful influence.
They are a way of ordering thoughts, of making sense of often random events, and by generating moods they can shape events.
And for Real Madrid defeat in Tallinn slipped all too neatly into a mounting narrative of negativity. In the past few years, particularly in the Champions League, Real Madrid have often prevailed despite not being better, at times almost inexplicably so.
Except there has always been an explanation: There may have been times when he left Madrid vulnerable by failing to fulfil his defensive functions.
There may have been times when his demand everything should orbit around him cost Madrid fluidity, but he averaged 50 goals a season for nine years.
Get the ball somewhere near him in a dangerous position and the chances were he would score. That may be a method too haphazard to win many league titles — only two in those nine years — but in the knockout rounds of the Champions League it has proved devastatingly effective and is not easily replicated.
But there is a psychological dimension as well. Quite a few whip the medal off immediately. Quite a few Atletico players have a claim to be the man of the match.
Diego Godin was imperious at the back; Angel Correa came on and proved a constant menace; Saul Niguez and Koke scored wonderful goals in extra time.
But their star turn tonight was unquestionably Diego Costa, who scored a sensational opener, got Atletico back into the game, and hassled fellow panto villain Sergio Ramos all night with his relentless battling.
He was magnificent tonight. Atletico Madrid win the Super Cup! The Europa League champions maintain their percent record in this competition.
They were fully deserved winners of an excellent game of football! One corner leads to another. Modric has a frustrated blast from the edge of the area, just to the right of the D.
His shot hits the back of Godin. Vitolo goes down with cramp. Then he gets up. Marcelo pearls a pacy cross into the Atletico box from the left.
Ramos is haring into the area, hoping to get a head on it. Godin knocks it out for a corner. One corner leads to another, but nothing much comes of either of them.
A free kick for Real out on the right. They load the box. Real look out of ideas. Carvajal crosses from the right. The ball drops to Modric on the edge of the area.
Another mistake by Varane, who is suffering a big World Cup hangover tonight, lets Vitolo in down the left. Carvajal does well to cover.
Vitolo twists and turns in the area. He might have had a penalty there, you know. Partey slips a pass down the right for the ever-busy Correa.
Jose Maria Gimenez replaces the quite magnificent Diego Costa. He leaves the pitch before he manages to get himself that second yellow card.
Ramos clatters into the back of Correa, who makes sure to take a while to get back up. Diego Costa, on the right, crosses deep for Vitolo. He just needs to chest down softly to tee himself up for a shot Varane closes him down.
The final period of extra time begins. Can the European champions find the two goals they need to force a penalty shoot-out?
Vitolo is booked for not retreating ten yards at a Real free kick. From the set piece, Correa robs Ceballos and Atletico break upfield!
Correa slips the ball to Partey on his right: But Partey loses his balance as he bursts forward, performs a slapstick shuffle, then falls on his face!
Carvajal and Costa roll off the pitch in a ball. Carvajal springs up with a view to throwing hands. Vitolo stands in between the pair to act as peacemaker.
Costa is pressing buttons; Real are losing their heads in the wake of that quickfire double. Costa barges Carvajal out of the way and makes off down the left.
He cuts the ball back for Vitolo, who rolls it across the face of the box for Koke. Koke opens his body and sidefoots into the bottom-left corner.
That was a proper belter! Real look shocked; for the second time tonight, Varane has been caught snoozing, and cost his team a goal. What a sensational goal!
Costa robs a sleepy Varane on the edge of the Real box. He slips the ball to Partey down the inside-left channel.
Partey reaches the byline, and pulls the ball back to the penalty spot.