Atletico edges city rival Real to capture Spanish Super Cup


A 2nd-minute goal by striker Mario Mandzukic gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday and overall victory with a 2-1 aggregate score.

The first match was a 1-1 draw.

A long kick by Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Moya was headed skywards by Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Atletico’s midfielder Antoine Griezmann then directed the ball toward newly signed striker Mandzukic, who beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a powerful shot.

Atletico had already begun strongly with two fast-paced attacks in the first minute.

Real’s new signing James Rodriguez began the match on the left wing with Cristiano Ronaldo rested on the bench alongside new goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

It was not until the 25th minute that Real threatened Moya’s goal with a shot by Rodriguez.

The Super Cup is a two-legged match-up played before the Primera Liga season starts between the champions of the previous Liga — Atletico this year — and the winner of the previous season’s Copa del Rey — Real.

The last time Atletico won the Super Cup was 29 years ago.

“To have won this match against a rival as important as Real Madrid gives us energy to focus on what will follow,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone, whose team lost to Real 4-1 in the Champions League final in May.

Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira were not included in the squad by Real coach Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach had previously said Di Maria had rejected Madrid’s offer for an extension and was hence looking to transfer to another club, with Manchester United reportedly keen on the Argentine winger.

France winger Griezmann hit a long shot in the 15th minute that was deflected for a corner, a move that led to a period of pressure on Real’s goal.

With Atletico defender Juan “Juanfran” Torres off the field receiving treatment for a cut lip that had stained his jersey with blood, Real launched a rapid attack that ended when Moya saved Rodriguez’s 25th-minute shot.