Atletico Madrid beat city rivals Real to win Super Cup
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UEFA: Atlético Madrid have maintained their perfect UEFA Super Cup record, beating city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Tallinn to claim the title for the third time overall.

Real Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo with an extra-time defeat to bitter rivals Atlético Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup. Quickfire goals from Saúl Ñíguez and Koke gave Atlético a 4-2 win in Estonia in Real’s first competitive match since their club record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to join Juventus for £99.2m.

Atlético had never previously beaten their city rivals in a final but they responded with an equaliser 11 minutes from time. Juanfran atoned for his earlier error by playing in Griezmann’s replacement Ángel Correa and the substitute cut the ball back for Costa to tap home.

Saúl put Atlético back in front eight minutes into the additional period, smashing a volley into the top right corner following a cross from the substitute Thomas Partey.

Real never conceded four goals in a match under Lopetegui’s predecessor Zinedine Zidane and were aiming to win the trophy for the third successive season. But any hopes of a fightback were extinguished in the 104th minute when midfielder Koke slotted home for the Europa League holders to give Simeone his seventh trophy as Atlético manager.

Atlético, the only side to have won their opening three UEFA Super Cup appearances, have always entered the showpiece as UEFA Europa League winners, but beat the UEFA Champions League holders on all three appearances. Indeed, they are the only UEFA Europa League winners who have won the UEFA Super Cup since Zenit beat Manchester United in 2008.

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