By Izuchukwu Okosi
Diego Costa was the star of the night as Atletico Madrid on Wednesday lifted the European Super Cup with a 4-2 win over city rivals Real Madrid in the first competitive match for Real head coach Julen Lopetuigi.
Wednesday’s clash was the fourth time in the last five years that the Super Cup has been contested by two teams from Spain. Madrid have made six previous appearances (four wins) to Atleti’s two (two wins).
With just a minute played, Costa received a long pass from his own half sent by Diego Godin, headed the ball past Sergio Ramos who marked him closely, then rifled home the opener from a tight angle, Kaylor Navas unable to save the effort.
The strike became the fastest goal in the history of the UEFA Super Cup.
Real’s left back Marcelo whipped in a tantalising cross into the Atleti box in the 17th minute, Asensio cleverly flicked the ball goalwards but Jan Oblak parried the ball to safety.
Benzema scored the equaliser ten minutes later (27th minute) with a delicious header from a wonderful Gareth Bale cross from the right wing.
Real Madrid made it 2-1 in the 63rd minute from the penalty spot through Sergio Ramos after Juanfran handled the ball in the box as he challenged Karim Benzema.
Costa grabbed his second goal of the night in the 79th minute when he poked home the ball after a good work by Juanfran who shrugged off Marcelo to cross the ball which Angel Correa laid for the former Chelsea star to slot inside the net.
Marcelo had a chance to snatch a winner for Real Madrid just before the full time whistle was blown by the referee but he mistimed his spectacular overhead kick and handled the ball.
The contest had to go into extra time.
Saul Niguez fired the ball beyond Real keeper Navas for Atletico’s third goal in the 98th minute after World Cup winner, Rafael Varane, slipped and lost the ball. Diego Costa and Thomas Partey then combined to set up the Spaniard at the edge of the box.
Atletico made it 4-2 in the 104th minute thanks to midfielder Koke who swept home the ball after Costa – then Vitolo – attempted to get on the score sheet but ended up laying it onto his path.
In the 113th minute Jan Oblak smothered the ball after Luka Modric’s shot was deflected by Vitolo.