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James on the scoresheet but Real Madrid held by Atleti in Supercopa

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REAL MADRID MIDFIELDER Xabi Alonso said the Supercopa de Espana was “still open” after a 1-1 draw in the first leg against Atletico Madrid last night.

James Rodriguez’s 81st-minute opener was cancelled out by Raul Garcia’s goal as Atletico took the upper hand heading into Friday’s second leg.

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Alonso wondered what could have been but said the tie was still open for both teams despite the draw at The Santiago Bernabeu.

“They [Atletico] demanded a lot of us and are very compact. It’s a strategy they’re good at,” he was quoted as saying by AS afterwards.

“They drew level and it could have been a better result for us but it’s still open for the return.”

Toni Kroos enjoyed a strong game for Real and Alonso talked up the Germany international afterwards.

Kroos almost scored in the second half, volleying over the bar, before playing a part in Rodriguez’s scrappy goal.

“It’s easy to play with big players like him,” Alonso said of Kroos.

“Despite his youth he has experience at the highest level and is a great signing for the club.”

Sergio Ramos welcomed new Atleti striker Mario Mandzukic to Madrid with several tough challenges.

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