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Bilbao will defend the title in the Super Cup final

Athletic Bilbao, defending champion, came from behind to beat Atlético de Madrid 2-1 this Thursday in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh, where they will play for the trophy on Sunday against Real Madrid.

An own goal by the Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simón (62) put Atlético ahead, but Yeray Álvarez equalized with a header (77) and Nico Williams made it 2-1 (81), which will allow Athletic to defend its crown.

Athletic will face Real Madrid in the final, which on Wednesday had beaten Barcelona 3-2 in extra time and was the winner of the competition two years ago, when it beat Atlético on penalties in Jedá, on the banks of the Red Sea, in the first edition of the Super Cup played in Arabia.

This Thursday, after a gray first half, with the two teams very close together, more concerned with defending than attacking, the game came alive in the second half.

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After the break, both teams gave their game a little more intensity, but Atlético found the goal first.

In a corner kick, Joao Felix headed to the strain of the post, the ball went out and bounced off Unai Simón's back, entering the Athletic goal (62).

With the goal against, the Athletic coach, Marcelino García Toral, moved the bench looking for fresh air and speed, which came with the entry of Nico Williams, Iñaki's brother.

Athletic began to lock up Atlético, who once again showed their fragility in defending ball actions.

Yeray equalized it from a corner after heading into the back of the net (77) and overcoming Jan Oblak's resistance, making it 1-1.

Nico Williams, who gave speed to Athletic's game, warned with a point-blank shot that Oblak took (80), but just a minute later, the youngest of the Williams brothers caught a rebound at the edge of the area to shoot making the 2- 1 (81) definitive.

AFP

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