Real Madrid took on arch-nemeses Barcelona for a dream final in the 2023 Supercopa de España Final, and it was Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos who showed dominance in this El Clásico at Al-Awwal Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The giants in Spanish La Liga and European club football were led to their 13th triumph in the prestigious competition in the Supercopa de España thanks to goals from their Brazilian duo Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo, with the no. 7 player scoring an electric hattrick and his counterpart putting the icing on the cake for the team in famous white jerseys.
Electric Vinícius Júnior Destroys the Catalan Giants with a First-Half Hattrick
En route to the Supercopa de España Final, Real Madrid defeated another archrivals Atlético 5-3 in the Semifinal clash after the full 120 minutes plus added time, whereas Barcelona were victorious against CA Osasuna in the other Last 4 encounter a few days ago.
Real raced to a quick 2-0 lead in this Supercopa de España Final and 236th El Clásico meeting, when their Brazilian star Vinícius Júnior scored a brace in quick succession. In the opening seventh minute, Jude Bellingham provided a sublime through ball for Vinícius Júnior to break away, and the Brazilian forward kept his cool to round the Barca goalkeeper Iñaki Peña Sotorres for the opening goal of the game. Seconds after the opener, Dani Carvajal found Rodrygo via another perfect long ball, and the latter showed enormous selflessness in his subsequent effort, setting up his older compatriot to slide in a goal and double Real’s lead.
Down 2-0, the Blaugrana finally got themselves onto the scoresheet, following star striker Robert Lewandowski’s effort. Real Madrid captain Nacho headed a Alejandro Balde cross away, only to have the 35-year-old Poland national team captain and forward to wait at the edge of the penalty box. Lewandowski then struck one of the most wonderful volleys that football fans will ever see to beat Andriy Lunin and pull one back for Barca with his 12th goal in 25 appearances in all competitions in 2023/2024.
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Los Blancos Won Their 13th Supercopa de España
Just when everyone thought Barca can make their way back into this Supercopa de España Final, Carlo Ancelotti’s side restored their two-goal advantage from the spot in the 39th minute. Aurélien Tchouaméni sent a tempting cross into the penalty box, and Vinícius Júnior was brought onto the floor by Ronald Araújo, who was also penalised with a yellow card in addition to conceding a spot kick to his side. Iñaki Peña was able to guess the direction of the penalty, but the 23-year-old Vinícius Júnior would go on to complete his treble with a solid strike from 12-yard.
After enjoying their 3-1 lead for almost an hour, Los Blancos put the game beyond reach of the Catalan Giants, and this time it was another Brazilian who contributed to Real’s goal. Hattrick hero Vinícius Júnior crossed the ball into the vital area of the goal, and Jules Koundé’s clearance did not go far, allowing Rodrygo to punish the poor play from Barca’s defensive backline with his 12th goal of the season.
Things turned from bad to worse for Barcelona in this Supercopa de España Final, when Araújo was given his second yellow card on another foul on Vinícius Júnior. The marching orders to the Uruguayan and the 4-1 score line meant there was no way back for Xavi’s men, and Vinícius Júnior made sure he further taunt Barca’s emotions for their eventual Supercopa de España Final defeat with a “4-1” hand signal during his exchanges with the opposing bench. With four goals from their Brazilian duo, Real won the 2023 Supercopa de España, trailing Barca (14 titles) by only a single silverware in the all-time record of this competition.
Real’s First Title in the 2023/2024 Season
Ancelotti could not hide his jubilant spirits after managing Real Madrid to win the Supercopa de España and their first title in 2023/2024. “We wanted to win and we did it with merit. We didn’t start very well, but we found Vinícius in an extraordinary moment and, from there, another one started. Barcelona managed the ball, looked for opportunities and, until 4-1, it was open. We tried to control it, without pressing too high. It was a complete match and we are very happy. If we thought it was easy, we were wrong,” said the 64-year-old Italian.
Ancelotti also added Real Madrid’s approach to their following games after the Supercopa de España victory over Barca yesterday, he stated: “The best thing is to enjoy this moment and be focused on what is coming. To keep working, because I like the work I do and the atmosphere here. I have very important help from the coaching staff and players, they show seriousness and professionalism. This club supports me and gives me love. I am on cloud nine. But you can also come down from the clouds. I will come down and you will be there.”
The manager with four UEFA Champions League trophies as a manager (Two for Real Madrid, and two for AC Milan) gave his thoughts on Vinícius Júnior’s incredible performance and his exchanges with the Barca bench: “I don’t know what happened with Vinícius and the bench. He has done an incredible job and I took him off to avoid problems, because he is coming off an injury. He should focus on his work, as he said today, which is to give hope and titles to Real Madrid fans.”
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