Thursday, September 29, 2016

UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid Stuns Sevilla With Deja Vu Goal From Ramos

UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid Stuns Sevilla With Deja Vu Goal From Ramos

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The 93rd minute is one that will live in infamy in Real Madrid’s history. Defender Sergio Ramos should also consider changing his jersey number to the magical minute in which he has saved his team from defeat in two major European championships. Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 3-2 on Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup final after Ramos forced a 2-2 equalizer in stoppage time. Dani Carvajal sealed the 3-2 victory very late in extra time, with a 119th-minute goal.

It was a moment of deja vu as Ramos hit a scorching header into the back of the net in what appeared to be the closing moments of the match. Sevilla had been leading 2-1 before Ramos forced extra time. Real Madrid managed to extend the game, where Dani Carvajal eliminated the possibility of a penalty shootout through a 119th-minute match winner.

Real Madrid took the lead in the 21st minute courtesy of Marco Asensio. It was his first goal in a Real Madrid shirt after being forced to step up to the plate in the absence of superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Sevilla equalized right at the end of the first half with a goal from Franco Vazquez. Sevilla managed to take the lead in the 72nd minute after a Sergio Ramos foul handed them a penalty kick. The Real Madrid co-captain managed to redeem himself by forcing extra time through his impressive header.

Football fans will recall almost exactly the same situation back in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final. Real Madrid was trailing 1-0 behind Atletico Madrid before Ramos scored a 93rd-minute header to force extra time. Real Madrid then used the momentum to crush Atletico and lift their tenth Champions League trophy. This is Real Madrid’s third UEFA Super Cup trophy. They also won the title back in 2014 and 2002.