Athletic Club will be Real Madrid’s rival in the grand final of the 2022 Spanish Super Cup. The lions began losing to Atlético, but ended up turning the scoreboard thanks to goals from Yeray Álvarez and a Nico Williams who revolutionized the game. semifinal. [Narración y estadísticas: Atlético de Madrid – Athletic Club]
Eight seconds Joao Félix took eight seconds to send the ball into the back of Athletic’s goal. The goal could have been a record, but it ended up being annulled for offside. With the scare still in the body of the lions, once again the Portuguese talent sent a warning to Unai Simón.
Atleti came out shaking. Before minute 5 not only did Joao Félix put the cards on the table, Correa also sent the ball to the side of the net. The colchoneros also requested a penalty, but neither Cuadra Fernández nor the VAR saw a maximum penalty in a more than debatable action.
Athletic responded on the 10th minute of the match. Iñaki Williams had the opportunity to beat Oblak, but the Slovenian saved, and then the controversy changed the area for the Basques to ask for a new penalty, this time for Sancet’s fall to Kondogbia. No penalty was called, but there was contact on both plays.
The party thus found itself with a very open script. Both teams looked for the rival goal, giving speed to the game in the first bars of the crash. The rhythm was lowered with the passage of the minutes. It was already seen in El Clásico between Real Madrid and Fútbol Club Barcelona that these types of matches are like long-distance races.
Atlético de Madrid came out with force, taking advantage of the legs of Joao Félix and Ángel Correa. But he did not find the way to get to that Unai Simón goal that he was so happy to find in the first minutes of the game. Athletic pressed high, but in their case the circulation was no longer so fast and they were not right in the search for spaces.
The duel was approaching the break time without great chances for either side. Kondogbia signed a timid attempt and Joao Félix tried again and again on the right side of the mattress attack, but the light did not move during the first 45 minutes of the game.
‘Cholo’ Simeone did not like what he saw on the field or at least that seemed to be as soon as the match resumed. Change to rest, entering Renan Lodi by Marcos Llorente. And from there to the bad news. Kondogbia was injured and had to leave the pitch in the 50th minute for Rodrigo de Paul to enter the green in his place.
The occasions were conspicuous by their absence. That game that was presumed fun with that goal disallowed at eight seconds and with a possible penalty in each area ended up turning into a flat match, with touches in out-of-danger areas and with little, very little daring.
So it was time for the game. And just then, when excitement was trading lower, the tie was broken. Joao Félix signed a good header that ended up crashing with the stick. But such was Athletic’s bad luck that the ball hit Unai Simón’s back to get into the goal.
1-0 and Athletic with the obligation to step forward to be in the final next Sunday. He responded immediately with a good chance from Íñigo Martínez. Head of the central that Jan Oblak stopped. At last the clash was animated and the ‘Cholo’ Simeone then bet on Luis Suárez.
Marcelino García Toral also made a move with a triple change. Raúl García, Mikel Vesga and Nico Williams entered the field of play to try to score the equalizer first and then the victory. The changes encouraged Athletic and it was Iñaki Williams who touched the goal, saving Jan Oblak again.
With no time for celebrations due to the intervention of the Slovenian goalkeeper, Athletic achieved 1-1. At the exit of a corner forced by Nico Williams, Yeray connected with the launch executed by Munian to sign an unappealable header at the near post. The lions deserved more and achieved that goal that put them fully into the fight for the ticket to the final.
The good moment of Marcelino García Toral’s team lasted even more. Nico Williams revolutionized the clash and not only by forcing the corner kick that triggered the tie, but also because in less than four minutes he already connected with his brother Iñaki and the comeback culminated in the next.
Again on set pieces, Munian crossed so that this time it was Iñigo Martínez who would head. Oblak stopped, but the rebound was caught by Nico Williams to send the ball to the bottom of the meshes. With less than ten minutes to go until 90 ‘, Athletic finally took the lead.
That made Simeone go to the emergency room. But it was not Atlético de Madrid’s game and, to further punishment, he ended up with ten men in the discount due to an ugly action by José María Giménez on Iñigo Martínez in the Athletic Club area.