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Real Madrid Defeat Atletico On Penalties To Win Supercopa de España

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Real Madrid win Supercopa de España
Real Madrid lifting the Supercopa de España trophy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 

Real Madrid have won the new-fangled Supercopa de España, downing cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid 4-1 on penalties, which were necessary after the match was still goalless at the end of 120 minutes.

Captain Sergio Ramos took the glory when he stepped up and cooly converted the fourth and final penalty. Real Madrid and Thibaut Courtois had the good fortune of facing two sub-par spot-kicks from Saul and Thomas Partey, the first of which hit the post before the second was saved by a diving Courtois.

The scoreless match was highlighted by several wonderful saves by the keepers, with Courtois posting six saves to Jan Oblak's five. Make no mistake, this match contained the same fireworks that are so inherent to Madrid derbies. The tension came to a head in the 115th minute when Los Blancos' Federico Valverde brought down Álvaro Morata from behind. The Atleti striker was in on goal with just Courtois to beat, and Valverde had little choice if he was to guarantee his squad a chance. The Uruguayan defender was sent off without hesitation by match official José María Sánchez Martínez.

With the Supercopa de España victory, Zinedine Zidane brought his trophy tally to 11 as manager of the squad he played on for five seasons. It was Real Madrid's first trophy since he stepped away following the team's 2018 Champions League triumph. Upon his return, Los Blancos began the 2019-20 campaign with a win and two draws, and concern was abound that even Zidane wouldn't be able to work magic with this group.

It remains to be seen if the Frenchman can help the club hoist another major trophy, but co-leadership of La Liga and a convincing Supercopa de España trip should dispel any serious concerns.

As for the new Supercopa de España format, it seems to have been a rousing success for Real Federación Española de Fútbol, who controversially awarded the hosting rights to Saudi Arabia. While the final didn't have the goal-scoring of the semi-finals (Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 while Atlético Madrid topped Barcelona 3-2), it was exciting nonetheless, and a positive sign for the future of the competition.

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