Valverde’s goal in extra time gave Real Madrid a 3-2 victory over Barcelona

MADRID: Federico Valverde finished a superb extra-time counterattack to give Real Madrid a 3-2 win over historic rivals Barcelona in an exciting semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia Wednesday. Real Madrid qualified for the final on Sunday and will face the winner of the match for the title, Athletic Bilbao, the champion in Riyadh in charge, and Atletico Madrid, the champion of the Spanish league. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for Real Madrid on a counterattack in the first half, but Luke de Jong equalized before half-time after a mistake by Real Madrid defender Eder Militao. Karim Benzema reported in Real Madrid lead after 25 minutes of the second half on a rebound under goal, but a header from substitute Ansu Fati, who had been playing his first game since November, sent the game into extra time. Real Madrid scored the winning goal on another counterattack when Rodrygo passed a low cross in area, and Vinicius tricked the Barcelona defense by trying to shoot, but left the ball to Valverde, who easily put it in brings. Real Madrid entered in field and is the favorite for the win, but the Spanish leaders suffered against Barcelona. The stadium was supposed to have witnessed 50% of its capacity due to the measures to fight the Corona virus, but it appeared to be filled to the brim with fans who attended the first edition of the summit of the two teams outside Spain. “We played effectively in counterattack and scored three great goals, “said Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti in Press conference. Real Madrid relied on defense and counter-attacks for Vinicius Junior and Benzema. Coach Xabi Hernandez’s developed squad dominated the second half and extra time, and Ousmane Dembele posed a permanent threat to Real Madrid’s defense, which David Alaba missed after injuring himself in the pre-match warm-up. (Reuters)