Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win the UEFA Super Cup for the fifth time

20 Aug 2022 | 08:11 | Football

Goal from David Alaba and Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid win 2-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt and win the UEFA Super Cup for the fifth time on Wednesday. While Frankfurt were dangerous, especially in the first half, Madrid’s experience and individual qualities got them through, as it often does in their victorious 2021-22 Champions League campaign. “It was not an easy game, they were entrenched in their half, but we scored and we controlled that well after that,” Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti told Movistar TV. .

“At the start of the season you can’t expect the team to have reached 100%, but we won and we started the season well. I believe that can help us achieve a good result. more and winning helps motivate the players.”

It was a particularly memorable evening for veteran France striker Benzema, whose goals put him 324th for the Spanish side, more than one goal. Raul.

Only Cristiano Ronaldowho has scored 450 goals, has more goals for Real than Benzema.

“Now he is in line for the Ballon d’Or. Is there any doubt? For me, no,” added Ancelotti.

Frankfurt had the best in the early stages, with the Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced to make an incredible one-on-one save against Daichi Kamada in the 14th minute.

Madrid almost got their first goal, when Benzema made his debut Vinicius roll over Kevin Trapp In the penalty area, Tuta shot out.

With Madrid dominating the ball, Frankfurt organized many counter-attacks until Madrid hit an own goal in the 37th minute.

A diving Trapp received his fingertips for a shot straight into Vinicius’ goal, shoving the ball out for a corner.

From the next match, Benzema linked up with Casemiro right next to the article on the right.

The Brazilian sucked up some Frankfurt defenders and a Trapp dive, before returning with an unmarked Alaba scoring from close range.

After the goal, Madrid sped up and should have made it 2-0, when Benzema pulled the ball unnaturally wide, causing the goal to beg in the 41st minute.

Vinicius, Benzema connect

Madrid’s quality became more apparent in the second half, when Trapp saved Vinicius’ shot in the 54th minute and Casemiro hit the crossbar in the 61st minute.

Borussia Dortmund loanee Ansgar Knauff had a save chance just minutes later, before Vinicius and Benzema combined to put Madrid 2-0 up.

Vinicius crosses down the left wing before cutting the ball unsightly to let the Frenchman cross from the edge of the box.

Frankfurt played hard in the late game but Madrid could still dominate the match to win their fifth Super Cup after eight attempts.

Alaba praised his team’s determination to continue their excellent form from last season.

“We’re here to win and to get to the next title… We want to continue where we left off last season,” Alaba told RTL.

“It’s nice to score goals – that doesn’t happen to me very often.”

Captain Frankfurt Sebastian Rode lamented his faction’s failures to take advantage of their opportunities.

“Against the Champions League winners, you have to take your chances. We didn’t take our chances in the decisive moments,” he told broadcaster DAZN.

The clash, at Helsinki’s Olympic stadium, is the first time the two sides have met in a decisive European match since 1960, when Madrid demolished Frankfurt 7-3 over four goals from Ferenc. Puskas and three goals against Alfredo di Stefano in the Champions League final.

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The match also highlighted the widening gap between the Champions League and Europa League competitions, with Madrid being the ninth team to win the Champions League in the past 10 years.

Only city rivals Atletico Madrid have won the Super Cup by qualifying through Europa League victory over the past decade, having done so by beating Real in the 2018 tournament.

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