Simeone singles out player that won Spanish Super Cup for Real Madrid

January 13, 2020
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Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said Fede Valverde’s last-man challenge on Alvaro Morata won Real Madrid the Spanish Supercopa on Sunday.

Simeone watched as his team were beaten by their local rivals on penalties in Saudi Arabia.

Valverde hacked down Morata in the final stages of extra time, when the Atletico striker was racing clean through on goal.

The Uruguayan midfielder was sent off and the game ended goalless after 120 minutes.

Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey missed their penalties, before Sergio Ramos scored the winning spot kick, as Madrid won the Supercopa for the 11th time in history.

“It was the most important moment of the game,” Simeone said in his postmatch news conference.

“I told him [when he was sent off] that anyone would have done the same in his place.”

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