Real Madrid lift Super Cup after Alaba and Benzema sink Eintracht Frankfurt
- David Alaba and Karim Benzema strike to give Real 2-0 victory
- Benzema overtakes Raúl to become club’s second-highest scorer
Karim Benzema became Real Madrid’s second-highest goalscorer as his strike helped the La Liga side secure a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Uefa Super Cup final.
Real equalled a record in Helsinki, winning the trophy for the fifth time to join Milan and Barcelona with the highest total.
David Alaba gave Real the lead in the first half, tapping home after Casemiro had nodded the ball down to him just a few yards out.
Benzema had already missed several chances when he struck Real’s second of the evening to ensure they would lift the Super Cup.
The France international forward found the finish he was looking for in the 65th minute when he was picked out by Vinícius on the edge of the box, before shooting straight into the back of the net. The goal puts Benzema above Raúl on the all-time goals list for the club with 324.
The Real manager, Carlo Ancelotti, who had suggested this week it was possible for Real to compete for all six competitions they are in this season, was able to give debuts to new signings Antonio Rüdiger and Aurelién Tchouaméni.
“After we scored the first one we had more control and we didn’t take risks, didn’t play with super intensity but it was a good control,” said Ancelotti.
“They are used to playing together, they are comfortable, they know each other. It is simple to play together, to find the right time in the game.
“We didn’t play a spectacular game, but we were really solid. Our usual.”