Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey showed massive ingenuity by setting up the winner in the first ever Uefa Super Cup derby as Atletico Madrid scored twice in extra time to defeat Real Madrid 3-2 on Wednesday night in Estonia.
Two excellent late goals from Koke and Saul, with the winner created by Partey, sealed victory for Atletico after the game ended 2-2 in normal time.
Partey, who came on as a late substitute, pressed the Real Madrid defender to lose the ball before he sent in a sweet lob for Saul to connect powerfully.
It was Real's first match since Ronaldo signed for Juventus for £99m in the summer and Zidane was replaced as manager by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.
Koke's smart finish and Saul's sensational 16-yard volley in extra time helped Europa League holders Atletico win their third Super Cup in as many appearances.
Diego Costa also scored twice in normal time, thumping in the opener after 49 seconds and tapping in another after the interval.
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Gareth Bale had set up Karim Benzema with a header at the back post for Real's first and captain Sergio Ramos slotted home a penalty for a 2-1 lead after Juanfran was penalised for handball.
Full-back Marcelo squandered an excellent chance to score the winner for Real with an overhead kick in the final seconds of normal time as back-to-back Champions League winners Real were looking to become the first side to win three Super Cups in successive seasons.
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