Real Madrid vs Athletic – Supercopa Raul Garcia and Marcelino’s Athletic won
Athletic Club scored, Real Madrid fell and Zinedine Zidane said goodbye to the first title on offer this season.
Marcelino, on the other hand, can already win silverware in his third game in charge at Athletic, having come out on top against Zidane.
Eden Hazard showed glimpses of positive signs, Mariano Diaz was too late and Lucas Vazquez had a nightmare. Raul Garcia complicated things and Real Madrid didn’t react quickly enough.
A price will be paid for all of the above as Zidane remains under constant scrutiny, saving crisis after crisis.
Lucas will be saved because of previous contributions, but his night was similar to Raphael Varane‘s at Manchester City, while Ferland Mendy‘s attacks had people remembering Marcelo.
Raul Garcia stood above everyone on the pitch, making up for his sending off just a month ago at Valdebebas.
He’s always overexcited against Real Madrid, but he’s lethal when that is channelled in the right way.
Lucas Vazquez had his worst night as a Real Madrid player.
He made two fatal errors that led to goals, and he’ll want to put this game behind him.
Just after the hour mark, Marco Asensio had a huge chance after Toni Kroos and Eden Hazard combined to tee him up.
He missed the best chance until that point, and six minutes later he hit the crossbar.
Karim Benzema had the fine margins that Asensio didn’t, although he was almost offside as he scored the goal that opened the door for the comeback that never came.
But in the 82nd minute, when he scored a second, he was offside.
The night began badly for Real Madrid when Sergio Ramos didn’t finish the warm-up.
Nacho Fernandez was put through his paces, but the captain started and Nacho had to wait to replace the injured Varane at half time.