In a second semi-final that left little flavor in the game, Athletic Bilbao managed to turn the result around against Atletico Madrid, won 2 to 1 and went on to the definition in Saudi Arabia, in which they will face Real Madrid to defend the title of champion of the Spain Supercup.
He opened the scoring goal against Unai Simón: the ball hit the goalkeeper’s back after bouncing off a post from a header from joao felix. But the Basque team recovered with two set piece goals: one of Yeray Alvarez, head, and one of Nick Williams, after a bounce.
Although the match had a goal disallowed less than a minute after the initial whistle, the first half left very little for both teams, with greater control of the Madrid team, but monotonous. For the second period, the coach Diego Simeon He had to make two changes at Atlético, due to injuries to Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcos Llorente, who were replaced by Rodrigo DePaul and Renan Lodi.
16 minutes into that stage, Aleti got the 1-0 with the aforementioned goal against Simón and went on to withdraw. Bilbao took the initiative and provoked Several saves by Jan Oblak. The Madrid painting saved several times, and although the entrance of Luis Suárez by Angel Strap He was close to establishing a difference, his opponent took advantage of two set pieces to strike down an Atlético team that showed few ideas throughout the match.
Of course, Cholo Simeone was not at all happy with the result or with how the defeat occurred, via stopped balls. “There are things that cannot be hidden. And you have to talk, because you see: the team does not have defensive strength in the aerial game”, admitted the Argentine technical director.
Now the demand for Athletic Bilbao is growing, which on Sunday will meet the loose leader of the Spanish league, at the Rey Fahd stadium, in Riyadh.