Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win the UEFA Super Cup

Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win the UEFA Super Cup

HELSINKI (AP) – This time, there were only two goals.

David Alaba and Karim Benzema scored in each half for Real Madrid to win the UEFA Super Cup with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.

Alba headed home the opener from close range in the 37th minute when Casemiro headed home Benzema after a corner. The French star then sealed Madrid’s record-equalling 65th Super Cup title with an assist from the lively Vincenzo Jr.

It was Benzema’s 324th goal for Madrid, beating club legend Raul. Only Cristiano Ronaldo scored 450 goals for the club between 2009-18.

But the match between Champions League winners Madrid and Europa League champions Frankfurt did not match the spectacle of their previous meeting.

Their only other competitive game was the 1960 European Cup final, when Alfredo Di Stefano scored three goals and Ferenc Puskas added four to give Madrid a 7–3 victory and a fifth consecutive European crown.

Frankfurt goalkeeper Erwin Stein and team-mate Dieter Steinka were in Helsinki for the replay after 62 years, but it was 93-year-old Jose Santamaria – Madrid’s only remaining player from that final in Glasgow – who celebrated another victory. The three veterans shared a warm hug when they met before kick-off.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti started with his established players, forcing new signings Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Choumani to watch from the bench.

Frankfurt were keen to turn things around in their 6-1 rout at home to Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga opener last Friday.

Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindström had an early save from Thibaut Courtois, although the flag was raised for offside, giving the Danish midfielder the distinction of becoming the first in a European club competition to use UEFA’s new semi-automatic offside technology. to force into action.

Lindström then set up Dachi Kamada, who was sidelined before Kurtos blocked his attempt. They should be Frankfurt’s only real chances.

Vincenzo Jr. had Madrid’s first big chance, but Brazil’s countryman Tota ran out to deny him.

Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp made a good save to keep out Vincenzo Jr.’s oncoming effort in the 37th, but Madrid scored from the resulting corner when Benzema and Casemiro combined to get an easy finish to Alaba.

Benzema went close shortly after as Madrid ended the first half in the ascendancy, and Vincenzo Jnr tested the trap again early in the second half.

The Brazilian cut inside to set up Benzema’s goal, when the French forward flew in front of Trapp with a direct shot.

Comforted by a two-goal cushion, the Spanish champions switched up the style with intricate passing combinations – albeit without adding to their tally.

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