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Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki


Aug-10 22:38 first published at 22:38 PM

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — There were only two objectives this time. Real Madrid won the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, thanks to goals from David Alaba and Karim Benzema in each half. Alaba scored from close range in the 37th minute after Casemiro deflected Benzema’s header back after a corner. The Frenchman then sealed Madrid’s fifth Super Cup title in the 65th minute, thanks to an assist from the lively Vincius Jnior. It was Benzema’s 324th goal for Real Madrid, passing Raul. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has more, with 450 goals for the club between 2009 and 2018. Benzema, who joined Madrid in 2009, won the trophy for the first time as captain after succeeding Marcelo. Only Barcelona and AC Milan have won the Super Cup five times each. However, the game between Champions League winners Real Madrid and Europa League champions Frankfurt fell short of the spectacle of their previous meeting. Their only other competitive game was the 1960 European Cup final, in which Alfredo Di Stéfano scored three goals and Ferenc Puskás added four to help Madrid win 7-3 and claim their fifth consecutive European title. Frankfurt’s Erwin Stein and teammate Dieter Stinka were in Helsinki for the rematch 62 years later, but it was Madrid’s 93-year-old José Santamaria — the only remaining player from that Glasgow final — who celebrated another victory. When the three veterans met before kickoff, they exchanged warm embraces. Carlo Ancelotti, the coach of Real Madrid, started with his established players, forcing new signings Antonio Rüdiger and Aurelien Tchouameni to sit on the bench. Frankfurt was eager to avenge a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga opener last Friday. Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindström drew a save from Thibault Courtois early on, though the flag went up for offside, giving the Danish midfielder the distinction of being the first in a European club competition to force UEFA’s new semi-automated offside technology into action. Lindström then set up Daichi Kamada, who was onside before Courtois blocked his effort. They were to be Frankfurt’s only real chances. Vinícius Júnior had Madrid’s first big opportunity, but Brazilian compatriot Tuta slid in to deny him. Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp produced a fine save to stop the next Vinícius Júnior effort in the 37th, but Madrid scored from the resultant corner when Benzema and Casemiro combined to give Alaba an easy finish. Benzema went close shortly afterward as Madrid ended the first half in the ascendancy, and Vinícius Júnior tested Trapp again early in the second. The Brazilian cut inside to set up Benzema’s goal, when the French forward let fly with a direct shot past Trapp. Comforted by the two-goal cushion, the Spanish champions began turning on the style with intricate passing combinations — albeit without adding to their tally. “We didn’t play a spectacular game, but we were really solid. Our usual,” Ancelotti said. ___More AP soccer: and

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