Midfielders Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the Uefa Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday.
It was not the ideal start for new manager Julen Lopetegui with the European champions, who’d lifted the cup for the past two years, and also an indication of the task ahead after the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane.
Los Blancos had looked set to win the trophy when a Sergio Ramos penalty – awarded for a Juanfran handball – put them 2-1 up in the second half.
That came after Karim Benzema nodded in Gareth bale’s cross to cancel out Diego Costa’s buccaneering first-minute opener in the Estonian capital, after he bullied his way past Ramos and Varane to rifle home from a tight angle.
But Costa, who looked a threat all night, hauled Diego Simeone’s side level again late on with a close range finish after good work from substitute Angel Correa to force extra time.
Atleti then looked stronger in the extra period as they won this competition, and they went ahead again in the 98th minute.
Substitute Thomas Partey pressed to win back possession before holding up a cross for Saul to thump a superb left-foot volley past Keylor Navas from 17 yards.
Costa and substitute Vitolo then set up Koke to make it 4-2, securing victory and giving Atletico their seventh trophy since Simeone took charge in late 2011.