Friday, August 27, 2010

Atletico Madrid conquer UEFA Supercup over flat Inter

Atletico Madrid's captain Simao (C) lifts the European Super Cup soccer trophy after defeating Inter Milan at Louis II stadium in Monaco, August 27, 2010. Atletico Madrid beat Inter Milan 2- 0 in the European Super Cup at the Stade Louis II on Friday. REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier (MONACO - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Second trophy of the year, more to come this season?
This was probably one of the most interesting UEFA Supercups I've seen, while some might have expected domination from the Champions League winners, it was Atletico Madrid who bossed the game and won 2-0. And although it's strange to think that this year Atletico Madrid have won more trophies than Barcelona, it's true. If you happen to be an Atletico fan, or if you're interested in a good blog to read about the UEFA Supercup winners, check out Madrid Atleticos.

Inter Milan - Atletico Madrid

While the match began relatively evenly, both teams were unable to put together many memorable opportunities. They were both solid in defense, with Atletico causing more problems than Inter was, but in the end there were only some shots which fizzed wide from Eto'o and Aguero in the first half.

Atletico Madrid's Jose Antonio Reyes celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan during their European Super Cup soccer match at Louis II stadium in Monaco, August 27, 2010. REUTERS/Philippe Laurenson (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Reyes celebrating the first goal
The second half was a different affair, Atletico began to keep possession, they created more and more chances, keeping the ball away from Inter's front line. Diego Milito barely touched the ball, Eto'o was dangerous but isolated, and Stankovic wasn't a smart choice for starter from Rafa Benitez. Eventually the breakthrough came, Julio Cesar had already saved a couple of insidious shots, but Reyes found a way to slip it past him in the 62nd minute.

There wasn't a reaction from the Inter players, Benitez took off Stankovic and put on Pandev, giving a bit of creativity, but soon enough the Macedonian found himself unable to change the situation. Then the Inter coach decided to take out a disappointing Sneijder and put in the young Brazilian talent, Philippe Coutinho. But right after the switch, Atletico scored again with Aguero. A simple tap-in which was due to Inter's back line falling asleep, Chivu ignored the Argentinean's run into the six yard box and basically let him finish off the team.

There was more reaction after this goal from the Inter player than the first, they pushed more, and eventually substitute Coutinho almost unlocked the situation, creating an attack which earned Inter a penalty in the dying minutes. Diego Milito stepped up to take it, but David De Gea parried the shot well, keeping a clean sheet for Atletico as they went on to defeat the Champions League winners, and conquer the UEFA Supercup.

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