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Real Madrid Defeat Eintracht Frankfurt To Win UEFA Super Cup

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The UEFA Super Cup was won by Real Madrid on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and David Alaba.

Frankfurt posed a threat, especially in the first half, but Madrid’s expertise and individual strength carried them to victory, as they frequently did throughout their successful 2021–22 Champions League campaign.

With Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois facing up against Daichi Kamada in the 14th minute, Frankfurt got the better of the opening exchanges.

When Benzema allowed Vinicius to curl past Kevin Trapp in the penalty area, Madrid almost scored, but Tuta successfully cleared the ball off the line.

Frankfurt initiated various counterattacks while Madrid dominated possession, but Real Madrid eventually launched their own counterattack in the 37th minute.

a diving Vinicius’ goal-bound attempt was stopped by Trapp’s fingertips, who then sent the ball out for a corner.

In the play that followed, Benzema and Casemiro connected at the right post.

Before returning to an unmarked Alaba who scored from close range, the Brazilian sucked in a number of Frankfurt players and a diving Trapp.

After scoring, Madrid picked up the pace and had a chance to increase its lead to two goals in the 41st minute, but Benzema inexplicably dragged the ball wide.

Vinicius, Benzema Connect

With Trapp save a deflected Vinicius attempt in the 54th minute and Casemiro striking the crossbar with 61 remaining, Madrid’s talent became more evident in the second half.

A few minutes later, Ansgar Knauff, who is on loan from Borussia Dortmund, saw a shot saved before Vinicius and Karim Benzema combined to give Madrid a 2-0 lead.

The Frenchman scored from the edge of the box as Vinicius glided down the left before whipping the ball back seemingly blindly.

Frankfurt gave it their all in the last minutes, but Madrid was able to dominate and claim their fifth Super Cup victory in as many tries.

The match was the first time these two teams had faced off in a European final since 1960, when Madrid defeated Frankfurt 7-3 thanks to four goals from Ferenc Puskas and three goals from Alfredo di Stefano in the European Cup final. The match took place in Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium.

Madrid was the ninth Champions League team to win the competition in the previous ten years, highlighting the widening disparity between the Champions League and Europa League championships.

Only Atletico Madrid, who defeated Real in the 2018 edition, has triumphed in the Super Cup after qualifying through a victory in the Europa League in the previous ten years.

Participants in the Champions League and Europa League each won five Super Cups in the previous ten years.

Frankfurt lost in the Super Cup final against Hamburg (1977 and 1983), Dortmund (1997), and Bremen (1992), the only German teams to have won the competition being Bayern Munich (2013 and 2020).

AFP

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