The Athletic club turned the scoreboard around in three minutes with goals from Yeray Y Nick Williams to win 1-2 at Atletico Madriddy to qualify for the final of the Spain Supercup, annulling the initial goal of the mattresses that he made Unai Simon own goal after a shot from Joao Felix.
Thus, the Athletic club, the current champion of the Spanish Super Cup, will play on Sunday at the same venue, the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), the final against Real Madrid, whom they defeated in the semifinals of the previous edition.
The meeting began misleadingly, fueling expectations that were not met until the final stretch. Already in the first action of the match, Atlético surprised Athletic and Joao Félix beat Unai Simon when only a dozen seconds had been disputed. But the goal was annulled by a slight offside of the Portuguese.
The pair formed by Joao Felix Y Angel Correa, which left Luis Suárez and Matheus Cunha on the bench at the start, came out very focused and in the 5th minute it was the Argentine who was about to open the scoring with a shot from inside the area that went for a corner.
Athletic also wanted to say theirs during the intense start and a volley shot by Iñaki Williams after a high pass by Oihan Sancet crashed against Jan Oblak when the almost 10,000 people in the King Fahd International Stadium were already singing the goal.
The low influx of public meant that advertising banners were installed in the back of the stadium and the atmosphere was much more soulless than that of the other semifinal, the ‘classic’ played this Wednesday in the same venue.
As quickly as the match accelerated, it fell asleep at the halfway point of the first half. The plot moved to the center of the field, where Marcelino Toral chose to Oier Zarraga to replace the injured Unai Winner and left on the bench Mikel Vesga, the other candidate to fill his position.
There was no other chance to score until the 40th minute, when Geoffrey Kondogbia It was not up to the level of Yannick Carrasco’s personal move down Atlético’s left wing, the one defended by Óscar de Marcos. The French midfielder’s low shot from the edge of the area was saved without any problems by Unai Simón.
To the ‘Cholo’ Simeone he didn’t like what he was seeing and at the break he gave entrance to Renan Lodi, which was controversial this Thursday after the statements of the Brazilian coach ‘Tite’ explaining that he did not call him because he did not have a complete vaccination schedule for the coronavirus. Shortly after, he would also introduce Rodrigo dePaul.
And, although the script continued to be lazy, an unfortunate action by Unai Simón in the 61st minute, who first missed a weak header from Joao Félix with his stretch after a corner kick and then saw the ball crash into his back after hitting the right post, it was 1-0 for the Atlético de Madrid.
In the next play, Athletic Club could have equalized in another corner action, but the header from Inigo Martinez He was too focused and found himself above the goal line with Oblak’s body, who later also cleared a powerful volley from Iñaki Williams.
Instead, he could do nothing in the 76th minute, when he had just reappeared on the pitch. Yuri Berchiche after his injury, before Yeray’s unstoppable header from another corner. Atlético collapsed upon receiving the equalizer and on the following corner kick Nick Williams He took advantage of a loose ball in the area to define low and make it 1-2. The euphoria exploded in the Basque team.
‘Cholo’ Simeone’s team was unable to react to the two blows received and failed to create any scoring chances in the remaining 10 minutes. Thus, there will be no Madrid derby in the final and the Athletic club will have the opportunity to achieve its fourth Spanish Super Cup in history.