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has spent several years supporting its health on

two lungs


Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois


On them he raised the

European Cup

and the


and on them he once again leaned on the


desert , home of Spanish football this week, where the white team came out alive from an agonizing

penalty shootout

against Valencia.

Cömert and Gayà failed

, this one at Courtois's stop.

Benzema scored, repeating the goal with which he opened the scoring.

Madrid survived


Carlo Ancelotti

commented these days

that he needs "time" to analyze if the World Cup is affecting his players

physically and psychologically


And the answer, if it was not clear with the matches against

Valladolid and Villarreal

, was forceful in Riyadh.

Madrid is in a little

mental, physical and football



It may be


's mini-preseason , it may be that these

days on Saudi soil

are more of a commitment than a desire, it may be that he only has desire and eyes for the great

Champions League nights

, but the reality is that with that attitude few rivals forgive him.

He was saved in Pucela, fell in La Cerámica and Valencia bled until the decisive eleven meters.

Benzema was the protagonist at the beginning and at the end of the first goal.

Five minutes from the break, he saw the space in the shadow of


, drew a perfect uncheck on


's long pass and planted himself in the


area to define the goal.

When he was going to finish off,


jumped on him to avoid it and knocked him down.

Penalty and third Super Cup followed by scoring.

Arabia is his garden.

Before his captain put him ahead, Madrid was having an irregular first half.

He started comfortable and dominating, with


at the helm and

Rodrygo, Vinicius and Valverde

loose to run with Benzema as the axis.

It worked for him at times and he was able to open the scoring with a high shot from Rodrygo, who moved well between the lines to receive a pass from the Uruguayan.

There were 20 good minutes for Ancelotti's team, with options for Militao and Valverde from outside the area, but they were only 20.

Valencia's reaction


's men

, unstoppable on the bench, started playing late, when Arabia's little stage fright passed.

They did it under the feet of


, a fine midfielder with a good touch on the ball.

He guided the 'ché' awakening.

First Cavani


with a header that Courtois rejected, then


, making a mistake to force the penalty against the Belgian goalkeeper, and later


, with several dribbles inside the area that did not end in a good shot.

The goal before the intermission, psychological as they say, did not sink Valencia, but rather enraged him.

Worthy pupils of Gattuso.

20 seconds into the second half




signed by Atlético and loaned to Mestalla last summer, he volleyed an exquisite cross from Lato into Courtois's net.

Silence flooded the

Rey Fahd Stadium

, more Madridista than 'ché', and Madrid fell to the Saudi canvas, making the road to extra time dense.

Without clear chances, horizontal and with injuries, the whites suffered.


, with a fibula problem, and Militao, dizzy after being hit by the ball, had to retire and left the defense square.

With so much stoppage, there was not enough noise to wake up Madrid, condemned to an extra time that they tried to avoid too late.

Encouraged by the memory of the continental epic, Ancelotti's men had in the

last five minutes

all the chances he had forgotten before.

Benzema forgave and Vinicius forgave


The leading Frenchman and his partner in the clearest opportunity of the clash.

The Brazilian received completely alone inside the area and waited too long to finish off against Mamardashvili, who came on top of him, avoiding the goal and giving extra time to the Saudi public.

In the half hour of extra time,

Courtois and Mamardashvili avoided the elimination

of their teams and there was no choice but to deliver everything to penalties.

There the experience of

Benzema, Modric, Kroos



reigned and Courtois created an oasis in the Madrid desert.

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