Real Madrid claimed the UEFA Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in Skopje on Tuesday. A big boast indeed just before the season opener. The snapshot review of the match:
- Jose Mourinho gave first competitive starts to new additions Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof, but 24 minutes into the game, the deadlock was broken as Casemiro scored a brilliant goal. Madrid were taking control of proceedings and they made the most of their superiority and a debatable offside decision, through Dani Carvajal, who clipped a fine pass into Casemiro’s path and the Brazilian steered a fine first-time finish into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards out.
- David de Gea saved well from a low Karim Benzema effort but he was helpless against Isco after 52 minutes, the Spain international playing a simple one-two with Bale that carved the United defence in two before slotting the ball beneath the goalkeeper and into the net.
- Rashford, introduced in second half, and after two humbling goals, through Lukaku’s first goal for them, tried coming up. After that several attacks and assists were made, but all in vain as the Zindane’s side took the control of the match in style.
- Eight of the last nine Super Cup finals have been won by Spanish sides – Barcelona (2009, 2011 and 2015), Atletico Madrid (2010 and 2012) and Real Madrid (2014, 2016 and 2017). The exception was Bayern Munich in 2013.
- Jose Murihno as a manager has always been unlucky when it comes to fight the Barnabeu team losing 4 out last 5 matches against them. Isco has been involved in 15 goals for Real Madrid in 2017 (10 goals, five assists), with only Cristiano Ronaldo involved in more for the club (31).
- Real Madrid have scored in their last 66 games in all comps, the longest ever run by a team from the top 5 European leagues. With this win, RMA has made a strong -pronouncement for the long season and also taken care of their preparation as a team.
RMA 2 (Casemiro (24) Isco (52))
MANU 1 (R. Lukaku (62))
Pic Credits: Guardian, Goal.com