Thibaut Courtois was Real Madrid’s star as they beat Valencia 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Riyadh on Wednesday to reach the Spanish Super Cup final.
The reigning Super Cup champions were again below their best amid a difficult start to 2023, but Courtois excelled, making crucial saves and then decisively denying Jose Gaya in the shootout after extra time .
Madrid will continue to face either Barcelona or Real Betis, who play on Thursday, in Sunday’s final.
La Liga champions Madrid against Spanish Cup runners-up had chances to win the game within 90 minutes but needed Courtois to pull off a superb reflex save from Fran Perez in extra time.
Karim Benzema had sent Madrid in front from the penalty spot but Gennaro Gattuso’s side equalized early in the second half through Samuel Lino.
Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili also made some excellent saves, including one from Vinicius Junior in stoppage time, forcing extra time.
“Courtois is one of the four or five best goalkeepers in the world, (but) my keeper made four or five really good saves,” Gattuso said.
“We were unlucky on our side, that’s football. You have to be lucky and today we didn’t have it. We missed two penalties.”
The first was returned by Eray Comert, who also gave away the penalty converted by Benzema, and the second was parried by Courtois, who read Gaya’s intention to shoot through the middle.
“Obviously as a goalkeeper you have to study penalties,” Courtois told Movistar.
“Gaya missed his last against Sevilla down the left and scored his last in the middle against Betis so we knew he was going to fire there.”
The Spanish Super Cup was first held in Saudi Arabia in 2020 in the current ‘final four’ format – and will remain in the country until at least 2029, despite criticism over the hosts’ record in matters of human rights.
Los Blancos started strong, with Benzema producing a glorious dribble, but Cenk Ozkacar did well to cut it.
Courtois fended off Edinson Cavani’s header and then did enough to fend off Toni Lato, who burst in from the right and unsuccessfully demanded a penalty when he slipped.
Madrid took the lead shortly before half-time, when Eder Militao played a fine ball over to send Benzema through.
The striker was clumsily brought down in the box by Comert and hid the resulting penalty, sending Mamardashvili the wrong way.
Courtois made a superb save to deny Cavani before the break, although the veteran Uruguay striker would have been ruled offside.
It was a warning for what was to come, with Lino scoring just seconds after the restart at the King Fahd International Stadium, eluding Lucas Vazquez to finish off Lato’s cross.
Madrid were again unlucky with injury, with Vazquez out injured, while Militao was taken out after being hit in the head by a shot.
Vinicius, who had been silent, should have won the game for Madrid in stoppage time but Mamardashvili denied it with his legs at close range.
It was his counterpart Courtois’ turn to make a miraculous save as the clock ticked down, showing sensational reflexes to deflect Perez’s near-post effort to safety.
Cavani and Benzema both converted from the spot in the shootout, but Comert missed and Luka Modric put Madrid ahead.
Los Blancos converted all four spot-kicks and didn’t need a fifth thanks to Courtois disallowing Gaya.
“We showed our qualities, so that the fans believed in us,” Valencia midfielder Andre Almeida said despite the defeat.
“We have given ourselves a lot of self-confidence, we are proud of our work and we have to continue like this.”
On the other hand, Ancelotti admitted that his team’s performance was not the best, blaming the Winter World Cup in Qatar.
“It was a unique season with a World Cup in the middle,” said the Italian.
“We had 14 players involved in the World Cup, so it’s normal that around 20 days after the end we can’t be at the top level.”
This article is originally published on news-24.fr
PSG: Parisian Return Dream For Spain
Long removed from the Spanish selection, Sergio Ramos could know very big news today. The Paris Saint-Germain central defender has been very serious since the start of the season and he could now reap the fruits of his labor, he who had suffered a long calf injury.
Paris Saint-Germain emerged from a 7-0 victory over Pays de Cassel in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. This is the third time this season that Christophe Galtier’s team has managed to score so many goals in a match, after the 7-1 against LOSC in the league and the 7-2 against Maccabi Haïfa in the Ligue des Champions. With this victory, PSG is qualified for the round of 16 where it will find Olympique de Marseille for the 2nd Classic of this fiscal year 2022/2023.
Autumn champion, Paris Saint-Germain is only 3 points ahead of its runner-up RC Lens. With 47 points, the Parisians managed a very big first part of the season in Ligue 1, with a record of 15 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Great news recently fell concerning one of Galtier’s players, enough to motivate him to attack a second part of the season which will be busy in Paris.
Luis de la Fuente in Favor of Ramos’ Return
According to information reported by the AS newspaper, the new coach of the Spanish national team Luis de la Fuente will soon meet Sergio Ramos to discuss the prospect of his return to La Roja! A moment eagerly awaited by the central defender of Paris Saint-Germain who had a very bad time not being called up for selection with Luis Enrique, he who missed the last World Cup in which he could have participated.
Spain have just inherited Italy in the draw for the Final 4 of the League of Nations which takes place this Wednesday. Sergio Ramos could therefore make his return 2 years later, he who had played his last match in the red jersey against Kosovo on March 31, 2021. Better still, the legend of Real Madrid could even be entrusted with the role of captain of the club. team by Luis de la Fuente, who has a lot of consideration for the Parisian number 4. Author of 2092 minutes played in a total of 26 games with Paris this season, Ramos shows his ability to play at the highest level at almost 37 years old.
This article is originally published on score.fr
Today’s Transfer Market Updates: January 16
Lots of news on this Monday of the transfer market. From Nicola’s bench in the balance, to the sensational victory of Atalanta over Salernitana for 8-2. Market bombs involving Inter and Barcelona, engaged in an exchange. Today’s news will make fans dream!
Mychailo Mudryk to Chelsea
Here we go! The transfer of the Ukrainian player, as already anticipated yesterday, is now official. An exhibition operation, the one that led the Shakhtar striker to wear the Blues shirt. He had already distinguished himself as a promising profile and thus convinced the Chelsea management that the English team decided to shell out 100 million euros and thus beat the competition from Arsenal, who went so far as to offer 70 million euros as a basis fixed and more than 25 million in bonuses, which are not always easy to achieve, as reported by the transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano. The boy’s will has always pushed the negotiation towards a transfer to Arsenal, but the Blues have been very convincing, both with the rich contract offered to the player, but also with the important commissions that will be paid to the boy’s agents. And then there are the requests from Shakhtar to consider, who immediately made it clear that they only wanted to listen to offers starting from a base of 100 million. When Mychajlo realized that Arsenal’s offer was already the maximum of their possibilities, he accepted the Chelsea court. The Ukrainian footballer binds to Chelsea until 2030, a very long contract, which protects the growth of the footballer, who will immediately have the opportunity to take the field and demonstrate his real value.
Bomb From Spain: Exchange Depay – Correa!
Sensational indiscretion from Spain, where many newspapers describe a very advanced negotiation between Barcelona and Inter, engaged in an equal exchange, which would bring Memphis Depay to Milan and Joaquin Correa to Barcelona. A negotiation that would make many fans happy and certainly both clubs. The Dutchman Depay’s contract is about to expire and the limited playing time that Xavi has given him so far suggests that the management will hardly be willing to offer him a renewal. Very good reason to help Memphis find new accommodation right away. There have been many polls, especially from second tier Premier League clubs. A few days later Manchester United came forward, for what would have been a sensational comeback. However, the English club has moved on to other objectives, making Weghorst official. Atletico Madrid have also come forward for the player, having to replace Joao Felix, who is on loan at Chelsea. However, contacts with Barça have shown that, under current conditions, the negotiation cannot take off.
As for Inter, Correa has absolutely not convinced. Last season he was tormented by physical problems, while this year he had much less. Different situation but the performance of the Tucu has never been positive. Performance that led the Nerazzurri management to consider a possible transfer. The investment made to convince Lotito and bring Joaquin to the Nerazzurri was important, but Tucu has never convinced. And taking a look at Inzaghi’s attack, we immediately understand why the arrival of Depay cannot be excluded: Lukaku tormented by injuries, Dzeko who cannot always play as a starter and then Correa who is not convincing. Depay at Inter would be a reinforcement of no small value and Correa at Barcelona would be a good chance to find a different audience, which possibly doesn’t boo, unlike the Nerazzurri.
Verona: Hongla can leave. Salernitana and Cremonese strongly interested in the player. Ballardini signs with Cremonese until 2024. Inter have not yet received any official request for Marcelo Brozovic. Nicola in the balance, the granata management did not take the defeat against Atalanta well.
This article is originally published on calciodangolo.com
Leeds Sign Hoffenheim Forward Georginho Rutter For Record £35.5m
Leeds broke transfer record to sign striker Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim for £35.5m.
The deal follows negotiations between the two clubs earlier this week, with the France Under-21 international’s transfer topping the club’s record transfer fee of £27million paid for Rodrygo from Valencia in August 2020.
Rutter, 20, has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Elland Road, until the summer of 2028.
A glimpse of what Leeds can expect from new signing Rutter
Tell Sky Sports News: “There is a lot of emotion today. It’s an important day. I am very happy to be here and very excited to start.
“I run and I bring a lot of energy to the field. I like to dribble and play beautifully, score goals and get assists. I hope [I can get the goals that take Leeds up the table]. ”
Rutter has scored twice in 17 games in all competitions for Hoffenheim this season and has a record tally of 11 goals in 64 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
He is Leeds’ second clean signing in January after bringing in Austrian defender Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg for £11m.
Rutter is not eligible to play Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay with Cardiff City, but will be introduced to the crowd before kick-off at Elland Road.
He could make his Leeds debut in the Premier League home game against Brentford on Sunday January 22, live Sky Sports.
Jesse Marsh’s side are 14th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone, after Friday night’s loss to Aston Villa.
This article is originally published on algeriemondeinfos.com
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