Athletic, champion of the Carranza Trophy for the second time

Athletic Club and Atlético de Madrid met at the LXVII Carranza Trophy, the second women’s edition of this summer tournament. The lionesses started as current champions after defeating Tacón and Tottenham in 2019 becoming the first women’s team to conquer the majestic cup. Iraia Iturregi’s men defend the title again thanks to Naroa’s early and lonely goal in minute 2. Athletic did their homework by leading 1-0 and then closed and based their game on a solid defense. Those of Óscar Fernández made a great second half in which they enjoyed several times, but luck was not on their side.

Athletic struck early, needing only two minutes to take advantage of the loss of the athletic defense and score the first goal. After a corner kick thrown by Nekane, Naroa appeared to finish off the head between the visiting centers and raise the score 1-0. Atlético de Madrid was being overcome and cornered. It was not until the 11th minute that he enjoyed the first chance with a shot from Banini that Andrea saved, ending the illusions of equalizing from the mats.

With the advantage on the scoreboard Athletic He knew how to give a different rhythm to the game that benefited them. Control of space and defense preventing his rival from having real options to tie. Meanwhile, the Madrid team tried to break the defense with several boardings that came to nothing and a shot by Menayo that Andrea caught without problems.

The clearest chance for Atlético came to the brink of halftime, in minute 43, the work of Kgatlana. The footballer outwitted the local defense until she was one on one against Andrea. The goalkeeper held the position well and finally Kgatlana sent the ball out of the field licking the post. Atleti had the draw very close, but it could not be and they reached the break with 1-0 in favor of Iraia Iturregi’s.

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After the break, Atleti came out with renewed energy and turned the field in their favor, putting the lionesses in trouble. In the 50 ‘Dayna was very close to the tie, but the ball went wide. The goal seemed denied for Óscar Fernández’s, who kept insisting with no luck. Another of the clearest chances was Amanda with a direct free kick, but Quiñones caught the ball. On the verge of the end, in 88 ‘Amanda reappeared to leave those present breathless with a strong shot from the area that hit the crossbar and left the field. No one could explain how it had happened.

Athletic stood in the second half with its plan to defend the result, but this time it was finding more difficulties than in the first half. Not a single shot on goal had the Basque team in the second half. Iraia’s men made the most of Naroa’s early goal. Goal and Carranza Trophy. The lionesses defended the title of current champions and will continue to do so. The two women’s editions of the Carranza Trophy have been for Athletic Club.

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