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Atletico Madrid Femenino Spanish supercup champions!

Atletico de Madrid Femenino are Spanish Women’s Supercup champions for the first time in club history. They beat Levante UD in an exciting final that ended with 0-3. Atlete paved the path to glory in the first half an hour when they scored 3 times.

Atletico that struggled against Barcelona and got to the final with a good share of luck, started way better this time. José Luis Sánchez Vera, coach that took charge of Atletico de Madrid Women’s team just days before Supercup, changed the approach and gave Ajara a chance to shine in starting line-up which left Levante no chance to upgrade their semifinal success against Logrono. 

Atletico scored 3 goals in first 30 minutes
Atletico scored 3 goals in first 30 minutes (source: Levante social media)

The match began with open play from both sides but Colchonere took initiative and threatened the Levante’s goal first. Nyaja Ajara‘s pass found Deyna Castellano who shot but Andreea Părăluță did not have a lot of troubles. The Levante answer came soon with a shot from Sandie Toletti but it lacked a bit of power. Tounkara tried again for Atletico in the box but the Romanian goalkeeper managed to save that, too. But Atletico finally managed to capitalize on their chances. Nyaja Ayara found Deyna Castellano who shot from the box and Paraluta did not manage to stop the ball at near post. Atletico double their lead in a very similar way in 21st minute, just 3 minutes later. This time it was Ludmila da Silva dribbling into the box. Brazilian just chipped the ball to Ayara who left Paraluta no chance. The third Atlete’s goal was a mirrored image of previous two. Ludmila ran down the right hand side, passed to Ayara who put Atletico in a significant lead just after 30 minutes of play. The Levante finally started to play better and finished the first half with two great chances but Hedvig Lindahl, who was the reason that Atletico was even playing in the final, was outstanding again. Firstly, she saved shot from a distance by Claudia Zornoza, but also a shot from near by Nataša Andonova.

In the second half, Maria Pry tried to bring some fresh legs in and Levante UD stepped up. Eva Navarro tried with a shot from outside the box but Lindahl, again, redirected just enough to go past the post. Despite the fact that Levante was becoming more and more dangerous, Colchonere, that were mainly waiting for counter attacks, managed to hold on and won their first Super cup title. What a start for Sánchez Vera on Atletico’s bench.

Spanish Women’s Supercup Final
Estadio Municipal de los Juegos Mediterraneos
Levante UD Femenino – Atletico de Madrid Femenino 0-3 (0-3)
0-1 in 18th Deyna Castellanos (A); 0-2 in 21st Ajara (A); 0-3 in 30th Ajara (A)

Levante UD: Paraluta; Alharilla (88th Lucía Gómez), Rocío, Méndez, Jucinara; Zornoza, Toletti, Irene (61st Banini); Eva Navarro (82nd Cometti), Esther, Andonova (61st Alba Redondo).

Atletico de Madrid: Lindahl; Guagni (82nd Kazadi), Aleixandri, Tounkara, Van Dongen; Meseguer, Santos (56th Diallo); Ajara (82nd Ajibadi), Deyna (67th Duggan), Sampedro (45th Knaak); Ludmila.

Referee: Marta Frías Acedo

Yellow cards: 59th Diallo (A), 68th Ajara (A)

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