UEFA Super Cup
Lerkendal Stadion, Trondheim, Norway
40′ F. Vázquez
72′ Konoplyanka (P)
93′ Kolodziejczak Sent Off (Second bookable offence)
Real Madrid won their second UEFA Super Cup in three years after defeating compatriots Sevilla 3-2 at the Lerkendal Stadion in Norway.
Both sides were without big names who helped them to European success last season. Madrid had a number of significant absentees including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Pepe whilst Sevilla were under-going a transformation with the departures of manager Unai Emery, striker Kevin Gameiro and play-maker Éver Banega.
In what was a repeat of the 2014 Super Cup fixture where Madrid came out on top in Cardiff, youngster Marco Asensio scored on his debut for Madrid to put the Merengues in front after 20 minutes with a sumptuous strike from-range before fellow debutant Franco Vázquez fired Sevilla level five minutes before the break. Substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka put Sevilla ahead from the penalty-spot after Sergio Ramos was adjudged to have fouled Vitolo. However deep into injury-time Ramos headed home the equaliser to force Extra-Time.
In Extra-Time, Sevilla were reduced to ten men after Timothée Kolodziejczak was dismissed for a second booking. Ramos then had goal harshly disallowed before Dani Carvajal’s sublime late goal; a minute from time gave Los Blancos the victory and inflicted a third consecutive UEFA Super Cup defeat for Sevilla.
Los Blancos started well and went close to taking the lead in the seventh minute when a Ramos header from a corner was cleared just over the crossbar by Mariano. A minute later, Asensio went close when he forced Sergio Rico into a good save from just outside the area.
Thirteen minutes later, Asensio wasn’t to be denied. A nice flick from Isco found the 20 year old who took a touch before rifling home an effort right into the corner of the net with Rico well-beaten.
Five minutes later, Sevilla should have drawn level when F. Vázquez sent in a fine delivery to Mariano at the back-post, he had time and space but he volleyed horribly off-target. Four minutes later, Kiko Casilla was forced into action: palming away a fine effort from Daniel Carriço from-range.
Five minutes before the break, Sevilla were level. Luciano Vietto found Vitolo who did well to keep possession of the ball on the edge of the area before F. Vázquez nipped-in to fire home first-time past Casilla in a crowded penalty-area.
Nine minutes into the restart, Madrid went close to going in front when Asensio pulled the ball back to Isco who shifted the ball onto his right-foot before firing an effort that deflected inches wide of the far-post.
In the 63rd minute, Madrid went close when a Lucas Vázquez cross found substitute Karim Benzema but his deflected header drifted inches wide. From the resulting corner, Ramos met the delivery with a header but he was to be denied by Rico.
Seven minutes later, Sevilla were given a fantastic opportunity to go ahead from the penalty-spot when Vitolo went down under the outstretched leg of Ramos and the referee pointed to the spot. The Sevilla man made a meal of it as he went to ground making contact with Ramos instead of the other way round but nonetheless the decision was given. Substitute Konoplyanka slotted home the resulting spot-kick; sending Casilla the wrong way.
In the 80th minute, Madrid went close to an equaliser when Casemiro picked out Carvajal who had options but he went for goal from a tight-angle and Rico made a good save at his near-post.
Time was running out for the 11-time European Champions and it looked as though Sevilla were going to hold on, but late on Carvajal did well to well to find L. Vázquez who clipped in a fine cross into the path of Ramos who headed home. It was in his 100th European game too and against the club where he started his senior career.
The game subsequently headed to Extra-Time where Madrid immediately went close to taking the lead when substitute James Rodríguez finds Benzema who cuts-inside before firing an effort that Rico does well to hold on to. Two minutes later, Sevilla were reduced to ten men when L. Vázquez beat Kolodziejczak who cynically brought the winger down and he received his second booking and was dismissed.
Four minutes later, Madrid had a good chance when a Carvajal cross was punched by Rico into the path of Luka Modrić who volleyed just over the bar. Five minutes later, Ramos thought he had put Madrid ahead when Marcelo sent in a fine delivery following a corner which was met by Ramos with a diving header whose effort beat Rico. However despite the celebrations, the goal was controversially chalked off. Ramos wasn’t offside and there wasn’t any sign of a foul either, but again Ramos was hard-done-by.
After the interval, Madrid nearly made the breakthrough when Benzema picked out the arriving Rodríguez but his effort on the run was smothered by Rico. Three minutes later, they should have gone ahead when Rodríguez played L. Vázquez through on-goal but he was to be denied by Rico who smothered the effort before substitute Adil Rami cleared the ball before it crossed the line.
Three minutes later, Madrid went close when a L. Vázquez cross was met with a glancing header by Benzema but his effort drifted just wide. A minute later they went close again when L. Vázquez picked out Rodríguez with a cross and the Colombian met the delivery on the volley but Rico made a fine save.
Time was running out for both sides to find a winner but with penalties looming, Madrid found the winner a minute from time. Carvajal won possession and surged forward exceptionally; beating a handful of players before slotting home with an effort from the outside of the foot.
The result meant that Real Madrid won their third UEFA Super Cup title, their second in three seasons whilst Sevilla lost their third consecutive UEFA Super Cup match. The defeat was also Sevilla’s third consecutive UEFA Super Cup defeat against Spanish opposition after last season’s defeat to Barcelona, it is also their second UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.