Video: The Valverde Tackle That Earned Him A red Card But Won Real Madrid The Super Cup Final

Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico Madrid to win the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday evening. A hard-fought affair ended goalless during the normal and extra time leading to penalties.

Real Madrid scored all their kicks while Diego Simeone’s men missed two spot-kicks. It is the first trophy under Zinedine Zidane since he was re-appointed as the Los Blancos head coach.

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However, none of that would have been possible without one piece of cynical play from midfielder Federico Valverde. Deep into the second period of extra time, Atletico Madrid broke on a counter-attack with just five minutes remaining till the final whistle.

Alvaro Morata was clean through on goal but the Uruguayan midfielder fouled him and earned himself a straight red card. More importantly, however, his team did not concede what would surely have been the title-clinching goal and would instead go on to win on penalties.

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The tackle earned praise from Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone.

“I told him not to worry, I told him that anyone would’ve done the same in that situation. I would’ve done the same. The MVP of this game was Fede Valverde because he won the game for Real Madrid,” Simeone said after the match. 

Below is the video..


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