And They Move On! Real Madrid Becomes the First Finalist Thanks to Carvajal’s Stunning Display

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Last night, Real Madrid clinched their spot in the Supercopa de Espańa Final with a dramatic 5-3 victory against Atlético Madrid, in a match that was highlighted by a sensational performance from Dani Carvajal as well as goals from teammates Ferland Mendy, Antonio Rudiger, and Brahim Díaz.

Real Madrid are now the first team to advance to this season’s Supercopa Final as they’ll participate in their 18th Final ever.

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid Match Action

Atlético struck first in the opening minutes of the game, marking the scoring sheet in the 6th minute through a header by Mario Hermoso, who was assisted by Antoine Griezmann from a corner kick.

However, it wasn’t long before Real Madrid got back into the match as Luka Modric connected with Rudiger in the center of the box, where he put one past the keeper with a header to the left bottom corner, striking again for his second goal of the season (across all competitions) and his second in the past three games.

Los Blancos then extended their lead in the 29th minute when Carvajal crossed a low driven ball towards Mendy, where he scored with a quick left-footed tap towards goal, activating the fullback-to-fullback connection.

Eight minutes later, the match would get level again after Griezmann found the back of the net with a right-footed shot towards the bottom left corner. Atlético would then turn the tide, netting the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute due to a Real error.

Despite the mistake, Real answered back quickly following an eventful sequence in Atlético’s final third. The play started with an on-target shot from Vinicius Junior that was saved by Atlético’s keeper Jan Oblak. The ball then bounced towards Jude Bellingham, where he collected the rebound shot and shot twice towards goal before getting blocked both times. During this whole series of events, Carvajal ran from his own half to Atlético’s box and equalized with a powerful shot towards the top left corner, sending the match to extra time.

During the second half of extra time, Carvajal would lead the charge again, crossing the ball towards the middle of the box, where it bounced off an Atlético’s defender and over Oblak, hitting the back of the net for Real Madrid’s fourth goal of the match.

Real Madrid would then put the nail in the coffin in the 120’+2’ minute of extra time, with Díaz beating Oblak in a foot race in his own half before slotting one into an empty net from 40 yards.

Ancelotti Post-Match Reaction

“The comeback? Well, that’s in the Real Madrid DNA and it always has been. This is for sure a learning experience for the young players as the team never gives up,” said Ancelotti.

Man of the Match Performance

Carvajal was by far the best player on the pitch for Real Madrid, playing in all 120 minutes and getting involved in three goal contributions.

“He [Carvajal] is a fantastic player, with a tremendous personality and a spectacular character,” expressed Carlo Ancelotti. “He is key for us as he brings a lot to our attack.”

Individual Milestones for Los Blancos

Wednesday night’s five-goal performance also featured two individual milestones from Ancelotti and midfielder Dani Ceballos.

Ancelotti tied Zinedine Zidane in second for the most matches at Real Madrid with 263 but will surpass the Frenchman after Sunday’s match. The only manager that will now sit ahead of Ancelotti will be Miguel Muñoz with 605 matches.

While Ceballos earned his 100th win with the Club after the Spanish international entered the pitch in the 105’ minute of extra time.

Griezmann Goal Scoring Record for Atlético

Griezmann also reached a milestone of his own during Wednesday’s Semi-final after scoring in the first half. The goal marked his 174th goal for Atlético Madrid, overtaking the Spanish legend Luis Aragones as the Club’s all-time leading scorer.

A Rematch Back in Madrid

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid would face each other again for its third meeting this season in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 on Thursday, January 18 at the Civitas Metropolitan Stadium. 

At the moment, both sides have played each other in a total of 234 competitive matches with Real winning 116 games, Atlético winning 58 games, and both drawing 60 games.

Up Next

Real Madrid will play the winner of the other Supercopa Semi-final between FC Barcelona and Osasuna FC on Sunday, January 14 at Al -Awwal Stadium.

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