Monday, February 6

Madrid lays the first stone on the road to the sextet

Karim Benzema lifts the Super Cup trophy won by Real Madrid in Helsinki. / afp

European Super Cup

Ancelotti’s team beat Eintracht with goals from Alaba and Benzema to lift their fifth European Super Cup

Oscar Bellot

Real Madrid laid the first stone in Helsinki on the road to the coveted, albeit very complicated, sextet. The whites, who continue to be wrapped in a perennial state of happiness, defeated Eintracht with goals from Alaba and Benzema to open the season by lifting their fifth European Super Cup and thus placing themselves on a par with Milan and Barça, the other record holders in the competition that measures the champions of the Champions League and the Europa League.

The eagles put up a fight for the first half hour in the Nordic lands, but were eventually whittled down to nothing by the poise, class and sheer rank of the continent’s king, whose reliability in finals borders on the extraordinary. Of the last 18 they have played in a single match, they have emerged victorious in 16. In that period, only Atlético, in the 2013 Copa del Rey and the 2018 European Super Cup, has been able to rebel against their hegemonic dominance in this type of dating without network.

True to his principles, Carlo Ancelotti repeated the eleven that won the Fourteenth in Paris to face an Eintracht that appeared in Helsinki without two of the bastions on which he based his assault on the throne of the Europa League three months ago: center back Martin Hinteregger , retired prematurely, and the lane Filip Kostic, tied by Juventus. The Austrian was the key to the defensive gear of the eagles and the Serbian greased the offensive front with his depth on the left flank.

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real Madrid

Courtois, Carvajal (Rüdiger, min. 85), Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Modric (Rodrygo, min. 66), Kroos (Tchouaméni, min. 85), Valverde (Camavinga, min. 76), Benzema and Vinicius ( Ceballos, minute 85).


Trapp, Touré (Alario, min. 70), Tuta, N’Dicka, Knauff, Sow, Rode (Götze, min. 58), Lenz, Kamada, Lindström (Kolo Muani, min. 58) and Santos Borré.

  • Goals:
    1-0: min. 37, Praise. 2-0: min. 65, Benzema.

  • Referee:
    Michael Oliver (England). He admonished Alario.

  • Incidents:
    Final of the European Super Cup, played at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium before some 31,000 spectators.

The loss of these two props has weakened the Frankfurt am Main team, under suspicion after the review given by Bayern in the Bundesliga uncorking. Despite this, he first warned in the capital of Finland. A loss by Mendy unleashed an electric attack culminated by Kamada but aborted by Courtois, an all-risk insurance that the summer has not stripped of the hero’s cloak with which Real Madrid’s fourteenth ‘orejona’ sheltered. They were fireworks, because Ancelotti’s team did not wait long to reply. Valverde struck with enormous force to enable Benzema, who, generously, gave Vinicius. The carioca’s shot surpassed Trapp, but not Tuta, who saved under the sticks.

It was the dawn of a season that will take players to the limit of their endurance, but it didn’t seem that way in terms of pace. Buoyed by Bayern’s blushing thrashing, Oliver Glasner protected his team by lowering the block, but without giving up that scintillating activation after theft that brought the German side back to their shine in Europe last season. Real Madrid’s status as favorite also took pressure off Eintracht, who were brave and orderly when it came to containing Ancelotti’s holy trinity of midfielders in that initial half hour that ended up being a mirage.

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Imperial Casemiro

Within Glasner’s plan there were two discordant arguments: Valverde’s power and Vinicius’ speed. Enough, in any case, for the Teutonic wall to crumble. From a brilliant ride by Vinicius that was very reminiscent of the one that served to stop Manchester City last year at the Etihad, the corner was born that allowed the fourteen-time monarch of Europe to open the scoring. Kroos served with the precision to which he is accustomed, Benzema shot from the pole, Casemiro extended and Alaba holed at pleasure to mark his fourth goal with the Real Madrid jacket. The whites had loosened their chains.

With the result in favour, Real Madrid dedicated themselves to bewitching Eintracht through their tag football. With the Bermuda Triangle already marking the beat, Vinicius had a good opportunity to widen the gap, although Trapp saved with a bit of fortune. He went to Glasner to the quality of Götze and the strength of Kolo Muani to try to contain the white tide, but the flood continued. Casemiro, superb in defensive work and who ended up being chosen in all fairness as the best player in a match in which he offered a real recital, burst the ball against the crossbar after a zurriagazo from the edge of the area that sought to settle the dispute.

By then Modric was conducting the orchestra, while Vinicius and Benzema spread fear with their movements. From that lethal connection between the Brazilian and the Frenchman would spring the goal that sealed the game and allowed the ‘9’ to write another page for the legend by surpassing Raúl González Blanco as the second highest scorer in the history of Real Madrid. 324 goals already mark his career as a Real Madrid player for the next Ballon d’Or and, since Marcelo’s departure, the Whites’ first captain. A condition that allowed him to lift his twenty-third trophy since he landed in Chamartín, the same as Paco Gento. Impeccable as a referential figure of a squad that does not seem to have a brake.

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