Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has lauded his side’s never-say-die attitude after seeing them claim a dramatic Super Cup win over Sevilla.
Madrid looked dead and buried as they trailed 2-1 deep into stoppage time in Trondheim, but Sergio Ramos’s equaliser sent the match to extra-time where Dani Carvajal scored a stunning late goal to give the Champions League winners victory over the Europa League holders 3-2 in Norway, on Tuesday.
Carvajal went on a weaving run in the Sevilla half in the 119th minute before lifting the ball over the goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Zidane said afterwards: “In football you never know what’s going to happen. The good thing about tonight is that we knew it was going to be difficult, but we never gave up.
“They got ahead in a key part of the game, but we never gave up and Sergio’s goal in the last minute brought us back to life.”
He added: “Second title [as Madrid coach], first of this season and I’m very happy with the effort the guys have made.”
Madrid, who were without the Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos, had taken a 21st-minute lead through a superb goal from the 20-year-old Marco Asensio but Sevilla were back on terms just before the break through Franco Vázquez.
Sevilla went ahead with 18 minutes left when Yevhen Konoplyanka slotted home from the penalty spot after Vitolo had been tripped by Ramos.
That looked to have won Sevilla the title but Ramos made amends for his foul by heading home in stoppage time, and then full-back Carvajal proved an unlikely winner with a last-gasp solo goal sealing a 3-2 victory.
The former Sevilla defender Ramos, who also scored a stoppage-time equaliser in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid before his side went on to win 4-1 in extra-time, said on his club’s website: “It’s incredible. Until the final whistle goes you need to continue fighting because by fighting to the end you get your rewards.
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