Dani Carvajal was the hero of night after coming up with a late goal that handed the Super Cup trophy to Champions League winners, Real Madrid, after an extra-time battle with Europa League holders, Sevilla, in an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup thriller in Trondheim, Norway on Tuesday.
Real took a 21st minute lead after 20-year-old Marco Asensio lobbed the ball into Sevilla’s net. Sevilla got an equalizer in the 41st minute before the break, through midfielder Franco Vázquez – who joined from Palermo in July.
With 18 minutes left to end of the match, Yevhen Konoplyanka [who came on as a substitute five minutes earlier] doubled Sevilla’s score from the penalty spot after Madrid’s Ramos brought down Vitolo.
Konoplyanka’s goal looked to have handed Sevilla the trophy as Madrid looked dejected trailing 2 – 1. With less than a minute remaining in stoppage time, Sergio Ramos made amends for his costly mistake by giving Real an equalizing goal in very dramatic circumstances.
The Madrid-based club’s Carvajal later put Real ahead when he went on a weaving run in the 119th minute before towering the ball with the outside of his foot above Sevilla’s goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
The thrilling match, played in front of a crowd of 21,166 had the likes of Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos missing from the field due to their involvement in the later stages of the European championships held a month ago. It is required by FIFA that players get at least a 3 week break after international touraments.
This is the third time Real Madrid will be winning the trophy while coach Zinedine Zidane becomes the fifth man to win the Super Cup as a player and manager.
Speaking after the game, Coach Zidane said: “In football you never know what’s going to happen. The good thing about tonight is that we knew it was going to be difficult, but we never gave up.
They got ahead in a key part of the game, but we never gave up and Sergio’s goal in the last minute brought us back to life.”
Sevilla, who won the Europa League for the last three years, admitted fighting against a great squad.
“We fought to the end against a great side. We did not let them have the ball but in a small detail we lost a game that we had under control. We know that is what Real Madrid are like and you cannot give them even one chance,” said Sevilla defender Nico Pareja.
Sevilla’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli, said:“I’m proud of the way we played” despite losing Timothée Kolodziejczak to a red card in extra time.