Real Madrid wins the European Super Cup for a fifth time courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
David Alaba put Los Blancos ahead in the first half with a close-range finish before Karim Benzema notched a second to take the contest beyond the reach of the German outfit.
Carlo Ancelotti adds the 24th trophy to the game’s long list of achievements.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Miltao, David Alaba; Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Ceballos, Rodrygo, Antonio Rudiger, Mariano Diaz, Eduardo Camavinga.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT (3-4-3): Kevin Trapp; Almamy Toure, Tuta, Evan Ndicka; Ansgar Knauff, Sebastien Rode, Djibril Sow, Christopher Lenz; Jesper Lindstrom, Daichi Kamada, Rafael Borre.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT SUBS: Hrvoje Smolcic, Kristijan Jakic, Randal Kolo Muani, Faride Alidou, Makoto Hasebe, Lucas Alario, Timothy Chandler, Jens Hauge, Mario Gotze, Jens Grahl, Diant Ramaj.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! ALABA CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!!!!! 1-0 MADRID!!! Los Blancos take the lead as Alaba taps into an empty net. Kroos lifts a corner into the box and that Benzema attacks. His effort looks to be heading out, but Casemiro keeps it alive, drawing two defenders and Trapp to his position. Casemiro’s knockdown falls perfectly for Alaba, who is left with a simple finish.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! BENZEMA FINDS THE NET!!!!! 2-0!!!!! Madrid doubles their advantage as Benzema beats Trapp with a right-footed strike. Vinicius raids down the left flank and sends a cutback into the middle for the Frenchman. He takes a touch before firing at goal without much power. However, the ball travels through Trapp and hits the back of the net. The Frankfurt keeper should have done a lot better.
So, what’s next?
Madrid has momentum ahead of the start of the LaLiga campaign, where they begin their title defence on the road to Almeria on Sunday. Frankfurt is next in Bundesliga action away to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.