Real Madrid advanced to the Spanish Super Cup final after defeating Valencia on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Los Blancos would win the trophy for the 13th time if they won the final, which would be a joint-record with Barcelona.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men started the brighter of the two sides, putting Valencia under a lot of pressure high up the pitch, but Los Che managed to weather the storm and looked the better of the two teams as the half progressed. Edinson Cavani was the danger man, repeatedly testing Thibaut Courtois,
The Belgian, on the other hand, was always equal to the admittedly central strikes.
Karim Benzema was a quiet figure throughout the first half, but he made the biggest impact in just one moment. After being played through on goal by Éder Milito, the Frenchman was bundled over in the box by Eray Cömert before dusting himself off and converting the resulting penalty, giving his side the lead going into the half-time break.
Valencia couldn’t have asked for a better start to the second half, equalizing within 24 seconds of the kickoff and catching Madrid off guard. Toni Lato’s deep cross into the box was volleyed in at the back post by Samuel Lino, shocking Los Blancos’ system. The equalizer, on the other hand, jolted the Real Madrid players awake.
The equalizer, on the other hand, jolted the Real players awake, and they quickly regained possession and momentum. However, they were unable to create any clear-cut openings, while Los Che remained a threat on the counterattack. As normal time expired, neither Real Madrid nor Valencia appeared likely to score a late winner in a game marred by a slew of injuries.
After a dull second half, the winner of the tie was decided after an extra 30 minutes. Giorgi Mamardashvili brilliantly stopped Vincius Jnior’s curling effort from the edge of the box near the start of ET. At the end of the first additional quarter-hour, the Georgian shot-stopper was called upon once more.
Getting low this time to deflect Federico Valverde’s driven effort away from goal. But, once again, nothing could separate the two teams, with penalties required to determine a winner.Real demonstrated their experience on the big stage by converting all of their penalties, while Cömert and José Gayà missed two of Valencia’s five, meaning Madrid will face either Real Betis or Barcelona in the final on Sunday.