UEFA Super Cup: Atletico Madrid end Real Madrid European dominance

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Atletico Madrid have ended Real Madrid’s supremacy in European competition and have won the 2018 UEFA Super Cup courtesy of an extra-time 4-2 victory over city rivals in Tallinn this evening.

The first ever Super Cup final between two teams from the same city saw twists and turns galore, but ultimately it was Europa League winners Atletico who came out on top as Julen Lopetegui’s first match in charge of Real ended in defeat.

Atletico took the lead inside the very first minute through a fine solo effort from Diego Costa, but Karim Benzema levelled things up before half time and Sergio Ramos scored from the spot to put Real in front shortly after the hour mark.

Costa doubled his personal tally 11 minutes from time to force extra time, though, and strikes from Saul Niguez and Koke in the first period of the additional 30 saw Atletico win the trophy for a third time in their history.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa celebrates with teammates after opening the scoring in the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid on August 15, 2018.

Real went into the match off the back of a summer which saw them lose two of the biggest figures in the club’s history, and the post-Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo era could not have got off to a worse start with Atletico taking the lead after only 49 seconds.

Costa flicked a long ball forward to himself, shrugging off Sergio Ramos and powering past Raphael Varane before thumping a thunderbolt past Keylor Navas at the front post from what looked like an impossible angle.

It was the fastest goal in UEFA Super Cup history, and also raised immediate questions over Navas at his near post in the absence of new summer signing Thibaut Courtois.

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