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Real Madrid players protested Atletico’s third goal during Super Cup semi-final: “Always the same”

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Real Madrid emerged 5-3 victorious over inter-city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, January 10. The game swung like a pendulum and had everything; goals, drama, crowd jeers, and controversies.

One of those controversies emerged during Atletico Madrid’s third goal, which was registered as an own goal by Antonio Rudiger.

In the 78th minute, Rudiger accidentally scored an own goal when the ball bounced off him following a collision between Real Madrid goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Atletico’s Alvaro Morata.

The Real Madrid players were upset and complained to the referee, Javier Alberola Rojas, suggesting that Morata might have committed a foul on Kepa.

“Legal goal, legal goal. There is no foul. Legal goal,” informed Rojas to the Real Madrid player as captured by the cameras on Movistar Plus+ (h/t MARCA).

“I have it. It’s my turn,” Kepa protested before Vinicius Jr. commented, “Always the same… Always the same.”

It must be noted that Los Blancos were unhappy with Rojas being appointed as the referee for the game, given the controversial calls he had made during the previous Madrid derby which Atleti had won earlier this seaosn.

A real feast for the fans

Antonio Rudiger scored an own goal against Atletico Madrid. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Yesterday’s game between two of Spain’s top teams had a total of eight goals, including one own-goal and two extra-time strikes from Real Madrid.

The action began in as early as the sixth minute with Mario Hermoso headed home from a corner before Real Madrid levelled the scoreline through Rudiger.

The record European champions went ahead through Ferland Mendy but less than 10 minutes in, Antoine Griezmann made it 2-2. Now, it was Atletico’s turn to go ahead but Dani Carvajal made it 3-3 for Real, forcing the game into extra time.

Ultimately, Atletico started to look tired and those tired legs allowed Real Madrid to score two more goals as they booked their place in the final, where they will face the winner between Osasuna and Barcelona.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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