Real edge 10-man Sevilla in five-goal thriller

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Two late goals from Real Madrid saw them beat 10-man Sevilla 3-2 in an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup clash at the Lerkendal Stadion on Tuesday night.

  • Real Madrid 3 Sevilla 2
  • Asensio scores stunning opener
  • Vazquez equalises just before HT
  • Konoplyanka penalty gives Sevilla lead
  • Late Ramos header forces extra-time
  • Carvajal snatches last-gasp ET winner

Match Summary

Los Blancos broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a stunning strike from Marco Asensio, but Franco Vazquez restored parity just before half-time to spice up a subdued first half.

Yevhen Konoplyanka’s 72nd-minute penalty looked to give Los Rojiblancos a come-from-behind victory, but Sergio Ramos rescued Real at the death to take the game to extra-time.

The Andalusians were hanging on after Thimothee Kolodzieczak was sent off for two bookable offences early in the first half of extra-time, but it took another last-ditch effort from Madrid to secure the win thanks to a solo goal from Dani Carvajal.

Full Report

The opening 45 minutes didn’t deliver too many chances between the Champions League winners and Europa League champions in Trondheim, Norway.

Real threatened for the first time on seven minutes when Ramos got on the end of Asensio’s cross, but saw Mariano clear his header over the crossbar from a couple of feet out.

The opener came out of nothing on 21 minutes from a Sevilla throw-in as Asensio collected Isco’s flicked pass and took one touch before rifling the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Los Rojiblancos looked to respond and Vazquez did well to set up Mariano on 27 minutes after being released down the left flank, but the Brazilian volleyed his cross way over the target from 14 yards out.

Daniel Carrico then forced Kiko Casilla into a fine save three minutes later after he picked up a clearance outside the box and let fly from 25 yards out.

Jorge Sampaoli’s team finished the half strongly and they hit back four minutes before the break with another goal out of thin air as Vazquez pounced on the ball after Vitolo had chested a cross down and the Italian hit a first-time shot past Casilla into the bottom corner of the net.

The Madrid giants went close to retaking the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Marcello sent Lucas Vazquez racing down the left flank and he cut the ball back for Isco, who created space for a shot with a deft turn but saw his effort deflected wide of the keeper’s right post.

Karim Benzema almost made an immediate impact after being brought on as a substitute as his header took a touch off a defender and went the wrong side of the upright on 64 minutes, with Ramos heading the resulting corner straight at Sergio Rico.

The Andalusians were perhaps fortunate to win a penalty on 71 minutes when Vitolo went down under a soft challenge from Ramos inside the area on the right. Konoplyanka stepped up and calmly stroked his spot-kick into the bottom corner, sending Cassila the other way.

Rico had a rare save to make nine minutes from time as he parried Carvajal’s powerful shot from an acute angle on the right around his post for a corner.

Real pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages and it arrived in the final minute of stoppage time as Vazquez crossed for Ramos to head into an empty net from an unmarked position to force extra-time.

Los Blancos came out of the blocks flying in extra-time and Benzema tested Rico in the first minute, before Sevilla were reduced to 10 men moments later when Kolodzieczak was sent off for picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.

James fired the free-kick straight at Rico, who pushed it away and Luka Modric blazed over from outside the area on the follow-up.

Zidane’s men thought they had gone back in front on 99 minutes when Ramos steered Marcello’s volleyed cross into the bottom far corner with a diving header, but the assistant referee’s flag went up for a foul on the Real skipper.

Rico made a sharp save at point-blank range to deny James the potential winner at the start of the second half after he had been picked out by Benzema’s clipped pass inside the box, and the keeper pulled off another brave block to keep out Vazquez soon afterwards.

Rico was called into action again on 115 minutes to deny James on the volley after the Colombian connected with Vazquez’s right-wing cross, while the keeper made a more routine save from Casemiro’s long-range effort soon afterwards.

Another late goal won the match for Real as Carvajal collected the ball on the right touchline and ran through on goal unopposed before stabbing past Rico from inside the area in the final minute.