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1-1 draw in first leg of Spanish Supercup final
Last Updated: 2014-08-20 08:03 | Xinhua
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Late goals from James Rodriguez and Raul Garcia meant the first leg of the Spanish Supercup between Real and Atletico Madrid ended in a 1-1 draw with everything to be decided in three days on Atletico's home turf.

The game between the Cup and League winners from last season may have kicked off at an hour before midnight but it was not lacking in tension or interest.

Much of the interest was focused in the starting 11's of both sides: Real Madrid began without new signing James Rodriguez or Angel Di Maria, who is the subject of constant transfer rumors, while Atletico left recent arrival Antoine Griezmann on the bench as coach, Diego Simeone paired Raul Garcia and Mario Mandzukic in attack with Saul Niguez, who was on loan with Rayo Vallecano last season, given his chance in a solid midfield alongside Mario Suarez, Gabi Rodriguez and Koke.

The result was a first half in which Atletico totally canceled out their rivals in 45 minutes which saw more tension than football as the Atletico midfield did what it did so well last season: stop their rivals playing.

The second half kicked off without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was substituted as a precaution following a foot injury to be replaced by James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale worked Real Madrid's best chance with a low shot which was well saved by Miguel Angel Moya in the Atletico goal.

The game also grew increasingly bad tempered as Ramos (not for the first time in his career) was lucky to stay on the pitch after appearing to punch Mandzukic as the pair went to ground after an aerial tussle.

Meanwhile Kroos fired over following a free kick before Carlo Ancelotti decided to introduce Di Maria into the game to inject more pace into his side.

James scored his first goal for Real Madrid 10 minutes from time with a dose of luck as he was shot home via a deflection as a ball pinged around the Atletico penalty area, but the lead lasted just eight minutes before Raul Garcia flicked home a header following a corner to level the scores and give Atletico an advantage for Friday's return leg in the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

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