Atlético de Madrid was proclaimed champion of the Copa de la Reina after defeating Real Madrid in the penalty shootout, after a historic comeback that seemed to remind Lisbon and Sergio Ramos, but with the roles changed, and with the Argentine Estefanía Banini as the protagonist, who took the game to extra time in the 96th minute.
The mattress club lifted again the title it won in 2016 and left the white without the dream desire to add the first title in its history. Those of Manolo Cano, showed that the "now, Atleti, now" on Saturday night was heard louder than the famous "until the end we are real".
Despite their fourth position in League F and being out of the European positions, the rojiblancas finish a season not dreamed of, but better than expected. With the injuries of players as important as Ludmila, Sheila and Leicy, Manolo Cano has been able to close the year in the best way, with the cup in the hands of captain Lola Gallardo.
The players of Atlético de Madrid celebrate their victory after the penalty shootout in the final of the Copa de la Reina. Photo: EFE/JuanJo Martín.
It seems that Atlético de Madrid had been waiting for this moment of "revenge" since May 24, 2014, when a header from Sergio Ramos put the 1-1 agonizing in the Champions League Final, allowing the "merengue" team to then score in the stretch.
This time, the taste of feat was on the side of the mattresses: it has been in the neighborhood of Leganés, in a Spanish competition and with the goal of an Argentine after a free kick shot from outside the area.
In the rain, as if to give more drama to the scene, Banini took a powerful and accurate right shot, with the right corner, to the left corner of the goalkeeper who flew making the goal even more spectacular.
The Argentine Banini became the most important player of the Final Four and the draw was a mental injection for the Aleti girls to become queens in the definition from the twelve steps.
With information from Agencies