The Spanish giants added to their trophy with a win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki
Real Madrid have started their new campaign where they left off last season, adding more silverware to the Bernabeu trophy room by beating Germans Eintracht Frankfurt to lift the UEFA Super Cup at the stadium. Helsinki Olympics.
French striker Karim Benzema – who was at the heart of Real’s Champions League exploits last season – became the club’s second-highest goalscorer of all time by sealing victory in the 65th minute after combining with Vinicius Junior.
Defender David Alaba had given Real the lead in the 37th minute when he came in from close range after Casemiro headed the ball at him.
The 2-0 victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s side meant a fifth UEFA Super Cup on aggregate for Real – a joint record alongside AC Milan and Barcelona.
It was also a personal-record fourth Super Cup triumph for Ancelotti – twice with Real and twice with Milan.
Europa League winners Eintracht were fiery rivals and fought harder than many had hoped, especially after coming into the game following a 6-1 Bundesliga thrashing by Bayern Munich over the weekend. end.
But Real gradually exerted control over the game, with Casemiro hitting the crossbar with a single effort after Kevin Trapp saved a deflected effort from Vinicius Junior.
Benzema, 34, continues to age like fine French wine and capped the victory with his strike after continuing the link with Vinicius that proved so successful in winning the Champions League and La Liga last season.
The goal propelled Benzema ahead of Spaniard great Raul in Real’s all-time list with 324 strikes.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo remains above the Frenchman, with the Portuguese striker having plundered 450 goals during his nine years at the Bernabeu.
Real manager Ancelotti hailed Benzema as a “leader” and asserted his credentials for a first Ballon d’Or.
“If we are here it is largely thanks to his merits, he scored a lot of goals, he finished the season well, he scored a goal today and now he is going to get the Ballon d’Or. “ said the Italian.
Ancelotti has suggested his side can challenge for all six titles in contention this season, and started with the same Helsinki outfit that beat Liverpool in Paris in May.
However, new summer signings Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger were among those brought on the bench for their official debuts.
“They are used to playing together, they are comfortable, they know each other” said Ancelotti.
“We didn’t play a spectacular game, but we were really solid. Our habit. Eintracht was very closed and we struggled to find our rhythm, but we did well afterwards.
“It’s difficult at the start of the season to be in top form but now we have won to start the season well.”
Real begin their quest for a third La Liga title in four years when they meet Almeria on Sunday – and beyond that they will be aiming for a 15th Champions League crown.