Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in first leg
The first leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid ended in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The annual match between the La Liga champions and the Copa del Rey winners of the previous season was played in front of a crowd of more than 85,000 spectators.
There was also a tribute to the late Alfredo Di Stefano prior to the game, who passed away at the age of 88 last month.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal; Alonso, Kroos, Modric; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale. Substitutes: Navas, Varane, Coentrao, James Rodriguez, Arbeloa, Di Maria, Isco.
Atletico Madrid: Moya; Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Siqueira; Mario Suarez, Gabi, Saul, Koke; Raul Garcia; Mandzukic. Substitutes: Oblak, Gimenez, Ansaldi, Tiago, Rodriguez, Griezmann, Jimenez.
Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid: James Rodriguez (81’)
Real Madrid opened the scoring only in the 81st minute when James Rodriguez was on hand to poke in a loose ball. Toni Kroos first found Daniel Carvajal who sent in a low cross into the box. Karim Benzema almost got a shot off but Miranda was there to block the shot. As the ball rolled back, Rodriguez was at the right place at the right time just outside the six-yard box to score with a slight deflection.
Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Raul Garcia (88’)
But Los Blancos’ lead only lasted seven minutes as Atletico equalised with a corner kick. Koke sent in a corner that swung in toward the near post. But the ball went right past three Real Madrid defenders and Raul Garcia was there to flick the ball home while a stranded Iker Casillas could do nothing about it.
The second leg will be played on 22 August at the Vicente Calderon stadium.