Athletic Club knocks out Atletico Madrid and hits Real Madrid

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 9:54 pm• Mart van Mouurik • Last update: 22:05

Athletic Club qualified for the Spanish Super Cup final on Thursday evening. Coach Marcelino’s team fell against Atlético Madrid, but collapsed and won 1-2. The semi-final matches were held at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Sunday allowed the black Defending the title in the final against Real Madrid, which was too strong for Barcelona after the 2-3 extra time on Wednesday.

Coach Diego Simeone chose to allow Luis Suarez, who was suspended last weekend for the match against Villarreal (2-2), to go off the bench. And Angel Correa was the Uruguayan right-side favorite in the striker. Joao Felix completed the attacking duo and was left in the lead in the absence of injured Antoine Griezmann. The Argentine coach sent his team onto the field with a 5-3-2 formation, thus abandoning the 4-4-2 system he had used in recent weeks.

Joao Felix showed himself twice in the first minutes. Eight seconds later, the Portuguese’s goal was disallowed, as he beat goalkeeper Unai Simon from an offside position. In the third minute it became dangerous again. This time, however, his shot from inside the penalty area went far. The athlete made his debut in the tenth minute. Head-to-head with goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Inaki Williams had an excellent opportunity to open the score, but the final reaction was attentive and kept his goal clean. In the aftermath of the foul, the Basques demanded a penalty as Geoffrey Kondogbia found himself in front of Oyhan Sunset in the penalty area. However, the appeal was ignored by arbitrator Guillermo Cuadra.

The match continued ups and downs for the remainder of the first quarter, although there weren’t great chances and they weren’t found before the break. The scoreboard moved into the second half. Tomas Lemar saved João Félix with a corner kick from the left who hit the post from a relatively long distance. Simon had no fortune on his side and got the ball through the woodwork on his back, after which he rolled the leather over the goal line: 1-0. After the opening goal, Atlético stood with their backs on the wall and it was Atlético that controlled the match.

Although the Basque attacking spirit did not equalize after more than an hour of play (Inigo Martinez faced Oblak), Jerry Alvarez equalized in the 77th minute of play. The central defense excelled above all and passed the ball from a corner kick by Iker Munyn with a powerful header against the ropes: 1-1. Not only did Marcelino’s team extend and go in search of the winner in normal time. Athletic scored this goal in the 81st minute. Once again, the goal came from a corner kick by Monin again. Nico Williams gave a decisive boost and gave his team the win: 1-2. In the last minute, Jose Jimenez received a direct red card.

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