Athletic Club surprised Atlético de Madrid and eliminated them from 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 thus qualify for the final of the Spain Supercup, canceling the initial goal of the colchoneros that Unai Simón made in his own goal after a shot from Joao Felix.

Thus, Athletic Club, the current champion of the Spanish Super Cup, will play on Sunday on 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 Simón when only ten seconds had been played. But the goal was annulled by a slight offside of the Portuguese.

The pair formed by Joao Felix Y Angel Correa, which left on the starting bench Luis Suarez already Matheus Cunha, 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 to a corner.

Athletic Club qualified for the final of the Spanish Super Cup. Photo: EFE

The Athletic he also wanted to say his during the intense start and a volley shot by Iñaki Williams after a pass from Oihan Sancet it strucked with Jan Oblak when the almost 10,000 people who were in the King Fahd International Stadium were already singing the goal.

The low influx of public meant that advertising canvases were installed in the back of the stadium 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 Vencedor and left Mikel Vesga on the bench., the other candidate to fill your position.

There was no other chance to score until minute 40, when Geoffrey Kondogbia did not measure up to Yannick Carrasco’s personal move on Atlético’s left wing, 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.

Al ‘CholoSimeone 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 was not summoned 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 of Unai Simon In the 61st minute, who first did not reach a loose header by Joao Félix after a corner kick with his stretched out and immediately afterwards he saw how the ball crashed on his back after hitting the right post, it was 1-0 for him Atlético de Madrid.

Athletic Club qualified for the final of the Spanish Super Cup.  Photo: EFE

Athletic Club qualified for the final of the Spanish Super Cup. Photo: EFE

On the next play, he would have already been able to tie the Athletic Club in another corner action, but Íñigo Martínez’s header was too focused and he found himself over the goal line with Oblak’s body, which would later also clear a powerful volley from Iñaki Williams.

Instead, he could do nothing in minute 76, chen Yuri Berchiche had just reappeared on the pitch after his injury, before Yeray’s unstoppable header from another corner. Atlético collapsed when they received the tie and on the next corner kick Nico Williams took advantage of a loose ball in the area to define low and make it 1-2. Euphoria broke out in the Basque team.

Athletic Club qualified for the final of the Spanish Super Cup.  Photo: EFE

Athletic Club qualified for the final of the Spanish Super Cup. Photo: EFE

The set of ‘CholoSimeone he was unable to react to the two blows he 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 win its fourth Spanish Super Cup in history.

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