Real Madrid coach Lopetegui: Atletico beat us because of small errors

Cristina Cross
August 16, 2018

Full-back Marcelo squandered an excellent chance to score the victor for Real with an overhead kick in the final seconds of normal time as back-to-back Champions League winners Real were looking to become the first side to win three Super Cups in successive seasons.

Defender Juanfran, under pressure from Benzema, was penalised for handball by Polish referee Szymon Marciniak and captain Ramos coolly converted the resultant spot-kick, rolling the ball into the bottom right corner and sending Oblak the wrong way.

"I stayed at Atletico because the project is a good one".

While Real have traditionally spent big in the transfer window to land a Galactico, Lopetegui isn't too concerned by the Atletico defeat.

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Real had previously beat Atletico in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals and knocked them out of the competition in 2015 and 2017.

Griezmann started for Atletico at the compact Lillekula Stadium, fresh from helping France to World Cup glory last month.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not feature at all following his recent arrival from Chelsea, and nine of Real's starting line-up also started May's Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev. Michael Rummenigge netted the fastest goal in a Europa League (then UEFA Cup) final for Borussia Dortmund at the two-minute mark in 1993.

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It was a superb finish, but Real were level just before the half-hour via a combination of the two men expected to step up following Ronaldo's departure.

After a quiet start to the second half, Real were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute when Diego Godin was handled in the box.

Three thoughts on Champions League winners Europa League winners Atletico Madrid's 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup.

Real open their La Liga campaign with the visit of Getafe on Sunday (9.15pm United Kingdom time). An entertaining contest first burst into life in the first minute, Diego Costa firing home from a tight angle.

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Saul NIGUEZ and KOKE would each score during extra time to secure the victory.

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