Ronaldo’s bicycle kick beats Bale’s in UEFA poll

Atletico Madrid finally got their own back on Real Madrid in European competition by snatching a 4-2 win over their city rivals on Wednesday (Aug 15) to lift the UEFA Super Cup for a third time after midfielders Saul Niguez and Koke struck in extra-time.

In the pre-season tour, Real Madrid has shown signs of brilliance without their Portuguese talisman and it looks like Gareth Bale will have a big role to play in the upcoming season.

Real Madrid acquired Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Premier League club Chelsea in the summer, but Courtois is not expected to see time in the net despite traveling with the club to Estonia for Wednesday's Super Cup, because he somehow failed to register with UEFA for the match, according to the Metro newspaper.

Ronaldo's bicycle kick, performed for Real Madrid against Juventus, is part of the shortlist.

Ahead of the start of La Liga 2018-19 season, a bullish Sergio Ramos downplayed the effect of Ronaldo's departure from the club. With just over 10 minutes remaining Costa equalised, finishing from close range after excellent work from Juanfran and substitute Angel Correa.

In the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals Atletico came up just short, with Madrid's greater strength in depth and experience being key.

Now they will hope to push Barcelona and Real all the way in La Liga, with their opening game at Valencia on Monday, after Lopetegui's side host Getafe on Sunday.

"Losing Ronaldo was hard, but no player is above Real Madrid and we still have the hunger to improve and win more titles".

The Wales global scored with a brilliant acrobatic effort - one of two he scored in the game - as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Kiev to claim their 13th European crown.

Costa also soon got involved in a running battle with regular sparring partner Ramos, who with his arm caught his global teammate in the face. The Brazilian-born forward also won the ball back for Atletico's clinching fourth goal, in what was a man of the match performance.

  • Stacy Allen