Diego Simeone has defended Real Madrid star Federico Valverde's red card tackle, despite it practically costing Atletico Madrid the Spanish Super Cup final.

Valverde was shown a straight red by referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez in the dying minutes of normal time after he hauled down Alvaro Morata outside the box.

Morata had broken clear of the last line of Real's defence after racing on to a through ball and charging towards goal.

The former Real striker was in a prime position to grab the winner, with the scores level at 0-0 after 85 minutes.

But Valverde's deliberate foul ensured Morata was unable to get his shot away, forcing the game to extra time before Real won on penalties.

Valverde was sent off for a cynical tackle on Morata when he was through on goal
Valverde was sent off for a cynical tackle on Morata when he was through on goal

After the match Valverde was given man of the match, and Simeone conceded it was a fair decision.

"I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action," Simeone told a press conference.

"It was the most important play of the game. If the play continued, it was possibly a goal. I told him not to worry, that he did what he had to do. We will see how many days [suspension] they [Spanish FA] give him."

Simeone defended Valverde's actions despite it costing Atletico
Simeone defended Valverde's actions despite it costing Atletico

The score remained goalless at the end of 30 minutes extra time, meaning the sides had to be separated by a shootout.

Both Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey missed for Atletico, allowing Real captain Sergio Ramos the chance to win the game with their fourth penalty.

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Despite the eventual victory, Valverde admitted he was not pleased to have been sent off, even though his intervention helped his team win, and also had a word on the Atletico coach.

“I was very angry that I left the team with one less," he said. "But they supported me, which is something very nice.

“I want to recognize Simeone, who also came over and said some words that I won't say. But I want to highlight it because nobody does it."