The third time was the charm for Atletico Madrid as they finally toppled Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. The single match final is played between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League of the year before. Atletico had previously face their cross city rivals in two previous Champions League finals, but had come up short on two occasions.
This time they rose to the challenge with some inspiring goals from Diego Costa and Saul Niguez. Real Madrid fought back from a 1 goal deficit after Diego Costa put Atletico up within 50 seconds. Atletico leveled again and forced extra time, where they scored twice to finish the game at 4-2.
This is Diego Simeone’s 7th trophy with the Madrid side, making him the most decorated Atletico coach. He surpasses Luis Aragones who had 6 before he moved to coach the Spanish National team. On the other side, Julen Lopetegui, who was until recently the head coach of Spain, lost his first competitive match as the main man at Real Madrid. The last time a Real coach lost his first competitive game in charge was Bernhard Schuster in 2007. He will soon find that the Madrid faithful are unforgiving and that Florentino Perez has extremely high expectations.