Athletic de Bilbao eliminated Atlético de Madrid and will face Real Madrid in the Final of the Spanish Super Cup
The Athletic club turned the scoreboard in three minutes with goals from Yeray Y Nico Williams to beat 1-2 at Atlético de Madrid and qualify for the final of the Spain Supercup, canceling the initial goal of the colchoneros that he made Unai Simon own goal after a shot of Joao Felix.
Thus, the Athletic club, the current champion of the Spanish Super Cup, will play on Sunday in the same stage, the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), the final against Real Madrid, which they defeated in the semifinals of the previous edition.
The meeting began deceptively, feeding expectations that were not met until the final stage. Already in the first action of the match, Atlético surprised Athletic and Joao Félix beat Unai Simon when only ten seconds had been disputed. But the goal was annulled by a slight offside of the Portuguese.
The pair formed by Joao Felix Y Angel Correa, which left Luis Suárez and Matheus Cunha on the starting bench, came out very plugged and in minute 5 it was the Argentine who was about to open the scoring with a shot from inside the area that went for a corner.
Athletic also wanted to say theirs during the intense start and a volley shot by Iñaki Williams after a pass from Oihan Sancet crashed into Jan Oblak when the almost 10,000 people at the King Fahd International Stadium were already calling the goal.
The low influx of public meant that advertising canvases were installed in the stadium funds and the atmosphere was much more soulless than that of the other semifinal, the ‘classic’ played this Wednesday in the same enclosure.
As quickly as the game accelerated, it fell asleep at the equator of the first half. The plot moved to the center of the field, where Marcelino Toral chose Oier Zarraga to replace the injured Unai Victor and left on the bench Mikel Vesga, the other candidate to fill your position.
There was no other chance to score until minute 40, when Geoffrey kondogbia It did not measure up to Yannick Carrasco’s personal move on Atlético’s left wing, the one defended by Óscar de Marcos. The low shot of the French midfielder from the edge of the area was stopped without problems by Unai Simón.
To the ‘Cholo’ Simeone He did not like what he was seeing and at half time he entered Renan lodi, which was controversial this Thursday after the statements of the Brazilian coach ‘Tite’ explaining that he did not call him because he did not have a complete vaccination schedule for the coronavirus. Soon after, he would also introduce Rodrigo de Paul.
And, although the script remained lazy, an unfortunate action by Unai Simón in the 61st minute, who first did not reach a loose header from Joao Félix after a corner kick with his stretched out and immediately afterwards saw how the ball crashed on his back after hitting the right stick, it was 1-0 for him Atlético de Madrid.
On the next play, Athletic Club could have tied in another corner action, but the header from Íñigo Martínez he was too focused and found himself over the goal line with Oblak’s body, who later also cleared a powerful volley from Iñaki Williams.
On the other hand, he could do nothing in the 76th minute, when he had just reappeared on the pitch Yuri berchiche after his injury, before the unstoppable header of Yeray at the exit of another corner. Atlético collapsed after receiving the tie and in the next corner kick Nico Williams He took advantage of a loose ball in the area to define low and make it 1-2. Euphoria broke out in the Basque team.
The ‘Cholo’ Simeone team was unable to react to the two blows received and failed to create any scoring chances in the remaining 10 minutes. Thus, there will be no Madrid derby in the final and the Athletic club will have the opportunity to achieve his fourth Spanish Super Cup in history.