10 August 2016
Two late goals from Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal – in the 90th minute and 119th minute – ensured Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 3 – 2 in Norway Tuesday night to win the UEFA Super Cup, their first trophy this new season.
Madrid who played as the UEFA Champions League winners against La Liga rival who played as UEFA Europa Cup winners looked sure to have lost the tie when team captain, Ramos made the match 2 – 2 to force the game into extra time.
Though Madrid went a goal up as early as the 21st minute through a magnificent 30 metres shot from youngster, Marco Asensio, they almost lost the match.
Madrid who were without star players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Pepe, Toni Kroos on the night let Sevilla back into the game after the first goal with some poor display which let Sevilla dominate possession for most part of the first half.
Sevilla ensured their possession counted for a goal as they equalised in the 41st minute through a Franco Vazquez inside box shot.
When the second half resumed, Sevilla continued dominating Madrid and manager Zinedine Zidane was forced to bring on star players like Karim Benzema who replaced Alvaro Morata who had another poor outing. Luka Modric and James Rodrigues were also brought on to see if they could help win the game.
That was not to be as it was Sevilla who took the lead in the 72nd minute through Yevheniy Konoplyanka penalty kick.
At this point the trophy looked set for Seville but Ramos made sure this wasn’t to be when he headed Lucas Vazques cross into an open net one minute before the end of duration time forcing the match into extra-time.
The extra-time almost didn’t produce a winner with penalty shoot-out looking like the sure end game but Carvajal produced a moment of magic as he weaved through Sevilla’s defense after winning the ball in the midfield and then slotted it past the on-rushing goalkeeper.
After the match, Carvajal told Spanish television about the goal. He said: “I stole the ball, saw the space and went forward.”
He explained that what ensured Madrid’s victory on the difficult night was the never-say-die spirit. “The essence of Real Madrid is never to give up.”