Champions League winners Real Madrid outclassed Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 on Wednesday and won the UEFA Super Cup for the fifth time.
A first-half goal from David Alaba and another from Karim Benzema in the 65th minute that put him second in Real’s all-time scorers’ chart with 324 goals secured the Spaniards the title.
Europa League winners Eintracht put up some resistance and had chances to score in the first half but were eventually overtaken by the Spaniards.
The win also means Real’s Carlo Ancelotti becomes the first manager to lift the trophy four times.
The Italian had named the same starting XI that started their victorious Champions League final in Paris in May.
Eintracht were without playmaker Filip Kostic, who is on the verge of a move to Juventus but appeared more disciplined than in the 6-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga opener last week.
They also created the first chance of the game when Daichi Kamada broke free but Real keeper Thibaut Courtois couldn’t beat his low shot in the 14th minute.
Real replied three minutes later but Vinicius Jr’s try was cleared by Tuta on the line. Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp did well to miss another shot from Vinicius Jr.
However, the keeper misjudged a cross in the 37th minute and was well out of position when Casemiro headed in to Alaba and the Austrian took the lead from close range.
Real remained in control after the break, forcing another good save from Trapp in the 55th and smashing away a deflected shot from Vinicius Jr before Casemiro hit the bar with a shot from the edge of the box two minutes later.
The pressure finally paid off as Vinicius Jr combined with Benzema – the pair scored 111 club goals together last season – and the French striker lashed out to shatter any remaining Eintracht hopes of a maiden Supercup title.
The win put Real on par with AC Milan and Barcelona, who also have five Supercup victories.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/real-madrid-eintracht-frankfurt-score-result-benzema-b2142696.html Super Cup: Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt, Karim Benzema becomes second-best goalscorer of all time