The Spanish Super Cup action started with Real Madrid beating Valencia on Tuesday three goals to one (3-1). The next game was Atletico Madrid to play Barcelona which was played yesterday. Koke handed the win over to the visitors just a minute into the second half of the game through a clinical strike. Lionel Messi equalized the score-line a few minutes later with a powerful left-foot hit before Antoine Griezman headed Barcelona into the lead.
Former Juventus and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata converted a penalty to make it 2-2 before in the 81 of the game. Things became bad for the home side as the Correra placed a powerful strike too strong for Neto stop in the 86th minute. Barcelona had to start struggling to equal the score the line which never happened.
Barcelona vs Atletico Spanish Super Cup Action. The game started in the Second Half
The game was packed up with lots of intense pressure from both teams. The first half of the game ended goalless but the second half came with lots of goals. The whole five goals came in the second half of the game. The goals could have been more but Messi have a goal ruled out by video assistant referee for handball.
Gerard Pique’s goal was also disallowed by VAR due to offside from the buildup of the goal. The victory now means it is going to be a Madrid final as Atletico Madrid will have to face rivals Real Madrid. Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday. The tournament format which use to be the winner of the La liga and Copa del Rey playing each other has changed. It is now the finalists of both La Liga and Copa del Ray playing in a four-team competition.
Real Madrid, although ended in third place in La Liga, qualified because Barcelona won the league and finished runner-ups in the cup. Toni Kroos’ corner which was punched in by Valencia keeper Jaume Domenech started the score line. Isco’s volleyed finish doubled Real’s lead before Luka Modric made it 3-0. Daniel Parejo scored a late consolation from the penalty spot after the referee consulted the pitchside VAR monitor.
Spanish Super Cup was Played in Saudi Arabia, why?
The both games were played in Saudi Arabia and the questions has been why was it played there and not in Spain as usual. Many said is because of money, Barca coach Valvade had earlier stated that “we are here because of money.” The Spanish FA has not confirmed any financial details of how much it cost to have them to play there. None the less Spanish media are reporting it is worth 40m euros (£34m) year.
This is the latest big sporting event to be held in Saudi Arabia, following the recent Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr boxing match. The Italian Super Cup between Juventus and Lazio last month and a friendly between Brazil and Argentina.
The country has sought to stage sporting and entertainment events in a bid to attract visitors and move away from its oil-dependent economy. The Spanish Super Cup has been moved from the summer so it does not disrupt clubs’ lucrative pre-season summer tours.
Many football fans and organizations are really not happy with the new development. They are not happy with the decision to host the event in Saudi Arabia. The nation has so many human right issues and so the fans are really not pleased with the decision. The deal was only signed after Saudi Arabia agreed women would be able to attend the games.
Human rights organization Amnesty International has highlighted the country’s “abysmal” human rights record. Heavy restrictions on freedom of expression and women’s rights have been raised. Death penalty for offences such as that is one everyone is against as it is against human right in international law.
Not only fans are angry over the location of the match, one team is also not happy about the sharing ratio of the money earned. Valencia have criticised the fact they will only earn 2m euros, compared to six million for Barcelona and Real Madrid, and three million for Atletico. Their fans were also not given enough slot.
The final will be between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, it will be in the same country Saudi Arabia and the date and time remain 12/01/2020 19:00.