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Real Madrid and Valencia Draw, Los Blancos Reach Spanish Supercopa Final on Penalties

12 January 2023, Thursday
Real Madrid have earned their place in the final of the 2023 Spanish Super Cup, edging out Valencia in a hard-fought semi-final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that was decided on penalties.

Los Merengues now have the opportunity to take home their second trophy of the 2022/23 season, with the final on Sunday against either Barcelona or Real Betis, who face off in the other semi-final on Thursday. It was back in August that Real Madrid's campaign began with victory in the UEFA Super Cup.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois put the finishing touches on a perfect penalty shootout for the defending La Liga champions, making a save at the expense of Valencia captain Jose Gaya. In the 90 minutes of regulation and extra time prior, the Madrid side were far from perfect, as evidenced by their lackluster attack. Vinicius Jr showed glimpses of brilliance with a few shots from distance, but the majority of their buildup play was ineffective, and goalkeeper Giorgi Mamadarshvili was usually up to the task of stopping whatever came his way. Ultimately, though, it was Courtois who was able to make the save that mattered, denying Gaya and ensuring victory for Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Real Madrid with a penalty kick in the first half, following a foul against the reigning Ballon d'Or winner in the Valencia box. However, Valencia swiftly equalised in the beginning of the second period, when Samuel Lino found the net with a Toni Lato cross directed at the far post.

Real Madrid suffered a disappointing result at home against Valencia, with only a late flurry preventing a wider margin of defeat. Injuries undoubtedly proved costly for Madrid, with Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba already missing and three more players - Eduardo Camavinga (knee), Eder Militao (head injury), and Lucas Vazquez (ankle) - picking up knocks in the match. Their availability for Sunday's big match will be a major factor in determining Madrid's chances of success.

Real Madrid were flawless in the penalty shootout, while Valencia saw center-back Eray Comert and skipper Jose Gaya be unsuccessful in their attempts.
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