Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey has become the first Ghanaian to win the UEFA Super Cup after his Spanish side secured a hard-fought 4-2 win over city rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
The midfielder did not only play in the match but he set up the winning goal that helped the side to victory and banish two previous attempts by Ghanaians to win the coveted title.
Ibrahim Tanko and Christian Gyan attempted in the 1997 and 2001 editions with Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively but failed to win the title.
Partey broke the Ghana duck when he provided Saul with an intelligent lob that Saul dispatched with aplomb.
By that feat Partey becomes the first Ghanaian to win the UEFA Super Cup title as several top players from the country could not win.
Two extra time goals from Saul then Koke gave Atletico Madrid a hard-fought 4-2 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
Tallinn’s Lillekula Stadium played host to European football’s pre-season showpiece, and it took no time at all before Diego Costa opened the scoring – just one minute – but goals from Karim Benzema and then a Sergio Ramos penalty gave Real the lead, before Costa levelled late on to send the tie to extra time.
Having lost both the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals to their bitter rivals, Atletico were buoyed by that late equaliser and first Saul bagged an impressive volley to put the Colchoneros back into the lead, then Koke made sure his side began the season by lifting some silverware.