In a thrilling Spanish Super Cup semi-final in Riyadh on Wednesday, Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atletico 5-3 thanks to an own goal by defender Stefan Savic and a goal by Brahim Diaz late in extra time.
As the game headed into penalties, Stefan Savic’s own goal under Joselu’s pressure put Madrid ahead, and Brahim Diaz, a replacement, sealed the victory with a counterattack that left Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak alone.
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These are moments that are unique to this location. “Everyone who participated gave it our all,” Brahim Diaz said.
The guy, who was born in Malaga, went on: “This victory feels great, and I’m really pleased.” We demonstrated our abilities and the values of Real Madrid. The game had a fast tempo, and the additional time made it harder. We came from behind and delivered that extra.”
“I won the race because I’m not sluggish; I realized that Oblak wasn’t in goal and that he wasn’t accustomed to sprinting. I had a great finish, which I celebrated as passionately and fully as if it were a Madrid goal. The whole club operates like way; this is a family,” he went on.”We deserved to win since we dominated in extra time. “We were confident until the last moment and we were convincing after we made it 3-3,” striker Joselu remarked after the eight-goal thriller. It was a hard and tight rivalry.
After coming in during the second half of extra time, Joselu had a key role in Real Madrid’s fourth goal. “I did touch the ball in the fourth goal,” the attacker said. I felt Dani (Carvajal) was going to give it to me, so I made contact with the ball right away. Then, I’m not sure what transpired. I’m not sure whether it was touched by a defender before it entered. The ball was heading toward my goal, and I have the goal.”
“The derby was fierce and competitive. The large number of Madrid supporters who were with us inspired us even more. The first half had several goals, and things might have gone either way. We were convinced when we tied the game 3-3 and maintained our confidence right up to the very end. They were worn out after extra time, and we were better.”
During additional time, we had more energy. In extra time, we dominated every play 100% of the time. Everything changed at that point, and that’s when the two objectives appeared. We both earned this victory and wanted to win,” he said in closing.