Dominating against catchy Valencians, Real Madrid battled to reach the Spanish Super Cup final on Wednesday night (1-1, 4-3 loss). The Spanish and European champions, held in check after 120 minutes of play, had to wait for the penalty shootout to qualify.
To get there, Real Madrid could naturally count on Karim Benzema. The Ballon d’Or, which was first illustrated by a series of dribbles ended with a shot that flew away (15th), aimed the shot at a penalty that he himself obtained – hung by Cömert on a long opening from Militao – then transformed with a counter foot (1-0, 39.).
Except that in just 23 seconds of the second half, Valencia equalized through Samuel Lino, scorer with a volley at the far post from a cross from Toni Lato (1-1, 46.). And if not much happened afterwards, except that Vinicius had the ball of the match at the end of his foot (90. + 5), then Real Madrid did not flinch when the qualification s is played on penalties. On the contrary, Eray Cömert fired over and José Luis Gaya saw Thibaut Courtois deny his effort, sealing the band’s qualification for Carlo Ancelotti.
This Sunday, in the final, the people of Madrid will face the winner of the second half between Betis and FC Barcelona (Thursday at 20:00).