The right-back took a leaf out of Diego
Maradona’s book to cut Sevilla’s
backline to shreds, after Sergio Ramos
had earlier kept them in the game with
a last-minute equaliser
Dani Carvajal dramatically helped Real
Madrid to their first trophy of 2016-17
as he netted in the 119th minute to
settle Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup in
Trondheim and send 10-man Sevilla
slumping to a 3-2 defeat.
The right-back robbed Yevhen
Konoplyanka of the ball before going on
a solo run that ended with a superb
shot into the top corner.
Sergio Ramos had sensationally kept
Madrid’s chances alive by netting to
make it 2-2 deep into stoppage time in
normal time to send the game into
extra time, when Timothee
Kolodziejczak saw red for a second
yellow card.
Goals from Franco Vazquez and
Konoplyanka – who netted from the
spot after Ramos conceded a penalty –
saw the Santiago Bernabeu side
trailing 2-1 heading into the dying
minutes of regular time after Marco
Asensio had opened the scoring.
Zinedine Zidane had to make do without
the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and
Gareth Bale, while Karim Benzema
began the match from the bench after
only recently shaking off a hip injury.
Madrid started with Alvaro Morata,
Lucas Vazquez and Asensio up front,
with Mateo Kovacic, Isco and Casemiro
forming a three-man midfield.
Sevilla, meanwhile, also deployed a
number of new faces as Vietto, Franco
Vazquez and Hiroshi Kiyotake made
their official debut.
Champions League winners Madrid
dominated proceedings right from the
start and Asensio in particular caused
the Sevilla defence all kinds of trouble
early on.
Ramos had his header after a sublime
free-kick from the youngster cleared
from the goalmouth, before the
attacking midfielder tried his luck
himself with a powerful shot from a
narrow angle that was saved by Sergio
Rico.
There was no denying Asensio in the
21st minute, though, as he opened the
scoring in spectacular fashion. The 20-
year-old picked up a loose ball in the
middle of the pitch and took a touch
before beating Rico with a stunning
strike into the top corner.
Sevilla slowly grew into the game after
the opener and threatened for the first
time when Daniel Carrico nearly
surprised Kiko Casilla with a long-
range strike, only for the Madrid
goalkeeper to recover in time and push
the ball wide.
Franco Vazquez then levelled in the
41st minute from Sevilla’s second
chance of note. Vitolo inadvertently
directed the ball into the former
Palermo star’s path after controlling a
cross from the right and the Italy
international did not hesitate as he
volleyed the equaliser past Casilla.
Madrid went in search of a second goal
after the break and wasted chances via
Lucas Vazquez, Mateo Kovacic and
Isco, while another Ramos header
lacked the power to worry Rico.
Zidane’s men were made to pay for
their profligacy in the 73rd minute,
Konoplyanka converting a spot-kick to
gift Sevilla the lead. Ramos was
adjudged to have brought down Vitolo
inside the area and the Ukraine
international had no trouble finding the
net from 12 yards.
But Madrid refused to give up and
Ramos hauled the sides level in the
93rd minute against his former club,
heading home from close range after a
superb cross from Lucas Vazquez.
That meant an additional 30 minutes
were required and Sevilla were reduced
to 10 men early in extra time when
Kolodziejczak received his second
booking following a foul on Lucas
Vazquez, before Ramos had a goal
disallowed for offside as the centre-
back seemed to have won it.
Lucas Vazquez should have
scored after a great ball from James
Rodriguez, but Rico did just enough to
allow Vitolo to clear the winger’s
attempt off the goalline.
But it was all for nothing in the end as
Carvajal delivered Madrid the trophy
with a stunning goal, dancing past a
number of opponents before beating
Rico with the outside of his right boot.

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