Real Madrid win Super Cup for fifth time
Real Madrid won the European Super Cup following a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Helsinki Olympic stadium in Finland on Wednesday night.
The traditional European football curtain raiser saw Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League (UCL) winners, come top against Frankfurt, the UEFA Europa League winners.
Real Madrid secured the 5th Super Cup trophy, thanks to David Alaba’s first-half strike and Karim Benzema’s goal in the second period.
On a night he won his 24th trophy as a manager, Carlo Ancelotti fielded the same starting line-up from Real’s UCL final against Liverpool while Frankfurt changed from their Europa League final squad.
Both teams started the game at a slow pace and gradually grew into the encounter, with Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid goalkeeper, making smart saves from Daichi Kamada. Vinicius also saw a shot saved on the line and another pushed away.
The Los Merengues broke the deadlock on 37 minutes after a lapse in concentration allowed Casemiro set up Alaba to slot the ball into an unguarded net.
Benzema doubled the lead after the hour mark on a night he was presented with his UCL player of the season award.
The 34-year-old French striker found the net after being set up by Vinicius to pick up his goalscoring form from last season and overtake Raul Gonzalez to become second only behind Cristiano Ronaldo on the club’s all-time record scorer chat.