UEFA. It’s a complicated organization, so much so that the word complicated seems like an understatement. But what we do get out of this is some amazing football, and that was the case with the UEFA Super Cup, a trophy that pits the winner of the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League (Real Madrid) against the winner of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League.
FORMATION AND PLAYERS:
Real Madrid (2015-16 UEFA Champions League winner): 4-3-3 (Casilla, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kovacic, Vazquez, Morata, Isco, Asensio)
Sevilla (2015-16 UEFA Europa League winner): 3-4-3 (Rico, Kolodziejczak,, Carriço, Pareja, Vazquez, Iborra, N’Zonzi, Kiyotake, Vitolo, Vietto, Mariano)
Goal(s): A 20th minute screamer from Marco Asensio opens the floodgates for this match, with an incredible curler on the top left-hand corner. Ultimately, that led me to make him my Man of the Match for his display tonight. He’s also 20 years old, so let that sink in. The second goal came in the form of a new signing from Sevilla in Franco Vasquez, who came over from Italian outfit Palermo this summer.
Controversial calls/Cards: Not much in the way of disciplinary issues between both sides this half, although we’ll see it becoming a recurring theme in the second half and into extra time.
Overall thoughts: Really dull match that prided itself on possession-based football, something the Spaniards have a liking to. Kiko Casilla (Real Madrid goalkeeper) was solid, especially in the 29th minute when he saved an amazing shot from Daniel Carriço. And gotta give a shout to Dani Carvajal’s nutmeg on former Premier League player Steven N’Zonzi.
Goal(s): We had to wait until minute 71 before we got a penalty shot converted from former Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka. The penalty came from a tackle inside the box from Ramos on Vitolo. Where it got super interesting was in the 92nd minute, where we saw an equalizer from Sergio Ramos to make the match 2-2 and send it into extra time. Add that to the list of clutch goals the defender’s scored over the years!
Controversial calls/Cards: The aforementioned penalty, along with a tackle from Carvajal (more on him later) in the 83rd minute, a tackle from Asensio two minutes later, and a red card for Kolodziejczak after a stamp on Franco Vasquez was all in the books for the ref, who by all accounts didn’t have much to worry about.
Overall thoughts: Much better performance from both teams made for a much better atmosphere in Norway. Really looking forward to the season ahead for these two teams, who will most certainly place and compete for European spots this season!!
All there is to talk about is Carvajal’s winner after cutting from the right flank past Adil Rami (of France’s Euro 2016 squad fame) and into the back of the net.
Until next time folks,