The Basques eliminated Atlético de Madrid on Thursday (2-1) in the Spanish Super Cup, to afford the right to face Real Madrid in the final. Defending champions, they will defend their crown on Sunday in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).
Athletic Bilbao has offered the right to defend its crown against Real Madrid. Fallout of Atlético de Madrid in the final of the Spanish Super Cup (1-2), Thursday in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), the defending champion will face Sunday in Riyadh the partners of Karim Benzema, who had taken the best on Barcelona (3-2 after extra time) Wednesday.
Deprived of Antoine Griezmann, injured, but with the Frenchman Thomas Lemar holder at kick-off, the Colchoneros had nevertheless opened the scoring thanks to a CSC from the opposing goalkeeper Unai Simon (16e). But the Basques overthrew the players of Diego Simeone in the last quarter of an hour through Yeray Alvarez (77e) and Nico Williams (16e), 16 years old, little brother of Inaki who gave victory to his team under the eyes of their mother, present in the stands.
“It’s a complicated passage”, the regrets of Oblak
A scenario regretted by the goalkeeper of Atlético, Jan Oblak, at the end of the meeting. “We are very disappointed. (…) It’s a complicated passage, he said at the microphone of Movistar +. You lead 1-0 and you concede two goals from a set piece … We have to find the answer to this question, otherwise, it’s going to be very complicated until the end of the season. We didn’t have a good game, the plan wasn’t that. We had to press high, hold the ball, but we didn’t succeed. Everyone is disappointed, but there will be other matches, other titles to go for.”
Sacred last year, the Athletic Bilbao therefore overcame the reigning Spanish champion at the cost of a new intense scenario in the competition, the day after a thrilling Clasico. And inflicts an additional brake on the season for Atlético, fourth in La Liga at 16 points from the head occupied by his Madrid neighbor.
Romain Daveau Reporter RMC Sport