Real Madrid has again added a feather to its Champions league crown by winning the UEFA Super Cup title. The Champions League winners beat Sevilla 3-2 in the European Super cup final in rainy Trondheim on Tuesday, to claim the title.
The Europa League winners lost Unai Emery – mastermind of their three successive cup triumphs – to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, replacing him with ex-Chile coach Sampaoli but looked set to claim another European crown, leading 2-1 deep into stoppage time.
But their expectations were cut short after Sergio Ramos headed home a 93rd minute equaliser, and Carvajal’s slaloming run and outstanding finish handed Zinedine Zidane his second trophy as Los Blancos boss.
The team went on to win even with its key players missing. Cristiano Ronaldo having been injured playing for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final, while Welshman Gareth Bale and Germany’s Toni Kroos had extended breaks because of their involvement at the same tournament.
24-year-old Carvajal,said: “We were trailing for all of the second half, but Madrid never give up and a goal in 90 minutes allowed us to become champions. Today we had a lot of players missing but we have a great squad of homegrown players.”
Real coach Zinedine Zidane lauded his side’s never-say-die attitude as key to their win over Sevilla. He said:
“In football you never know what’s going to happen. The good thing about tonight is that we knew it was going to be difficult, but we never gave up. They got ahead in a key part of the game, but we never gave up and Sergio’s goal in the last minute brought us back to life.”
Real Madrid, who have not won La Liga since 2012, start their 2016-17 campaign away to Real Sociedad on 21 August, while Sevilla are at home to Espanyol a day earlier.