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UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

The UEFA Super Cup will have an unusually local feel in 2018 as European champions Real Madrid take on city rivals Atlético Madrid in Tallinn in the first one-city meeting in the competition’s history.

Real Madrid became the first club to claim three successive UEFA Champions League titles in 2017/18, and the first team to twice win the European Cup three years in a row.

They are now attempting to add to that with another slice of history, by becoming the first side to win three successive UEFA Super Cups. A victory in the Estonian capital would also equal the competition record of five titles held jointly by Milan and Barcelona.

Atlético, however, have never lost in this competition having won on both their previous appearances, in 2010 and 2012.

Whoever wins in Tallinn, this will be a fifth successive UEFA Super Cup for Spain, who have won eight of the last nine matches. A Spanish side has not lost to non-Liga opponents since Sevilla’s defeat by AC Milan in 2007.

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Real Madrid
Real Madrid qualified for the UEFA Super Cup for the third year in a row by making it three successive UEFA Champions League titles in 2017/18, beating Liverpool 3-1 in the Kyiv final with Karim Benzema scoring once and Gareth Bale twice.

Real Madrid’s record in Europe last season was W10 D2 L2 F35 A17 and they have scored in their last 30 UEFA matches.

Real Madrid’s record in 22 European matches against Spanish clubs is W12 D6 L4 F45 A21. That 2017 second-leg defeat by Atlético ended an eight-match, six-year unbeaten run against Liga opponents in European competition.

Atlético Madrid
Atlético lifted the UEFA Europa League for the third time in 2017/18, beating Marseille 3-0 in the Lyon final with Griezmann’s two goals added to by a late third from captain Gabi.

Diego Simeone’s side had moved into the UEFA Europa League after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League section – the first time since 2013/14 they had not reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals or better. All four of those campaigns ended in defeat by Real Madrid.

Atlético’s European record in 2017/18 was W8 D5 L2 F25 A8 andGriezmann has scored five of Atlético’s last eight European goals.

Previous Madrid Derbies In Europe
This will be the tenth time the two city rivals have met in European competition, the previous nine all coming in the European Cup – including the UEFA Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016, both won by Real Madrid. Indeed, the Merengues have won all five of the clubs’ European ties to date.

The sides’ most recent European fixtures came in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, when Real Madrid won 4-2 on aggregate.

Their first international fixtures came in the 1958/59 European Cup semi-finals. Madrid won the home first leg 2-1, Héctor Rial’s goal (15) and a Ferenc Puskás penalty (33) overturning Chuzo’s 13th-minute opener. Atlético prevailed in the return thanks to Enrique Collar’s 43rd-minute effort.

That meant a replay six days later, played in Zaragoza, where Alfredo Di Stéfano’s early strike was swiftly cancelled out by Collar. Puskás dealt the decisive blow three minutes before half-time to take Madrid into a fourth successive final.

It was 55 years until the teams’ next European contest, in the 2014 final in Lisbon – the first final fixture involving clubs from the same city in European Cup history. Diego Godín’s header (36) gave newly crowned Spanish champions Atlético the lead, and it looked like that would be enough for Simeone’s side to claim their first European Cup – only for Sergio Ramos to level at the last (90+3). Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid ran away with it in extra time courtesy of goals from Gareth Bale (110), Marcelo (118) and a Ronaldo penalty (120).

The Merengues also came out on top in the 2014/15 quarter-finals, Javier Hernández heading the only goal of the tie late in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Madrid and Atlético both advanced all the way to the final again in 2015/16. Ramos’s 15th-minute breakthrough in Milan was cancelled out by Atlético substitute Yannick Carrasco 11 minutes from time, Griezmann having missed a 48th-minute spot kick.

With no further goals, the match went to penalties. After Lucas Vázquez, Marcelo, Bale and Ramos had converted for Madrid, and Griezmann, Gabi and Saúl had done likewise, Juanfran struck the base of the post with Atlético’s fourth kick, leaving Ronaldo to convert and take the trophy to Madrid for the 11th time.

The capital duo have met in 206 league, Spanish Cup and Spanish Super Cup games, with 103 Madrid wins, 51 for Atlético and 52 draws. Atlético have lost only one of their last 12 domestic matches against their local rivals since losing the 2014 UEFA Champions League final, recording five victories and six draws.

Both Liga fixtures in 2017/18 ended all square, a goalless game at Atlético on 18 November 2017 preceding a 1-1 draw at the Bernabéu on 8 April this year. Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 53rd-minute lead, Griezmann replying within four minutes.

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