"I think the award for the best player makes flawless sense because Valverde won the game with that action", Simeone said in a post match press conference. Saul surprised me a little bit, but Thomas was clear about it and it was a good save because he hit it so hard.
"It was the most important moment of the match", added Atletico coach Diego Simeone.
Madrid coach Zidane said: "At the end of the day, he did what he had to do. If you look at his touch, which I saw on the screen, I think it goes a long way from Alvaro (Morata), but Fede has done that and we've done well".
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Oblak had to make a double save to keep Madrid at bay at the other end, with Valverde then deservedly seeing red for a desperate professional foul on Morata and it took penalties to settle it after another two fine stops from Courtois.
Ramos had been guilty of sloppiness early on and Atletico should have capitalised.
Perez felt that the triumph at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah was particularly impressive as some key figures were missing, including Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Both teams played in cup competitions last weekend and will be excited to get back to league play.
Courtois was called into action again in extra-time, keeping out Vitolo's effort before making an instinctive save from a Morata volley.
The red card was inevitable but Atletico only had a free-kick and, for four minutes, a one-man advantage.
Carvajal found the corner but Saul struck the post, despite sending Courtois the wrong way.