Julen Lopetegui reveals why this Real Madrid star can replace Ronaldo

Kristopher Nichols
August 16, 2018

The Europa League winners took control of the game after a wonderful left-footed volley from Saúl Ñíguez and Koke guided in a fine fourth goal after another rapid breakaway. The Argentine endured World Cup disappointment with Argentina but his time at Barcelona has seen him collect trophy after trophy, and with his old rival Ronaldo out of the picture, most expect that to continue. Although Atletico's new midfielders Rodri and Thomas Lemar were impressing, veteran defender Juanfran's handball from a corner led to a penalty which Blancos skipper Sergio Ramos coolly converted for 2-1.

Real were almost level shortly after as Marco Asensio's flick from Marcelo's cross was turned away by Jan Oblak, but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do to deny Benzema's far-post header from Bale's fine cross from the right flank.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid (Kick-off 8.00pm).

It was 4-2 just six minutes later through Koke, who brilliantly guided a first-time effort into the bottom corner with his right foot from Victor Vitolo's ball across the face of the box. They were even trying to sign Luka Modric but the Croatian will in the end stay at Madrid.

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The UEFA Super Cup this season carries extra meaning for Real Madrid, who have now won three UEFA Champions League titles in a row, as Real will play their first competitive game since the summer departure of global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for Italian champions Juventus.

The fundamental thing is we are a team full of great players like Gareth.

The Wales worldwide scored with a brilliant acrobatic effort - one of two he scored in the game - as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Kiev to claim their 13th European crown.

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