Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 on Wednesday with a “not spectacular but solid” performance to lift the UEFA Super Cup a record-equalling fifth time.
Defender David Alaba in the 37th and striker Karim Benzema in the 65th were on target for the Champions League holders in a convincing victory over the surprise Europa League champions Frankfurt who only threatened seriously early on from Daichi Kamada.
Real drew level with AC Milan and Barcelona with their fifth victory in the European season curtain-raiser in the Finnish capital.
Real’s Carlo Ancelotti became the most decorated coach in the event with now four titles, one more than Pep Guardiola, and also moved one ahead of the Spaniard with now five titles as coach and player.
Benzema is now the second best scorer in club history with 324 goals, one ahead of Raul Gonzalez, while Cristiano Ronaldo is a distant first with 450 goals.
“We had difficulties at the beginning. But we didn’t lose patience and were in control after the first goal,” Ancelotti told streaming portal DAZN.
“We have a lot of confidence. We weren’t spectacular but solid. We can find the right opportunities to be efficient up front.”
Frankfurt captain Sebastian Rode said: “You want to win a title in such a game but it wasn’t enough. You have to take your chances against the Champions League winners.”
Ancelotti fielded the same starting 11 that beat Liverpool in the Champions League final and Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner had 10 of his starters from the Europa League win over Rangers, with only Juventus-bound Filip Kostic missing and Christopher Lenz his replacement.
Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was named man of the match in the May 28 Champions League final and was on his guard again early as Frankfurt threatened from Jesper Lindström (who was then ruled offside) and Kamada’s low shot.
The Germans seemed well-recovered from a 6-1 Bundesliga humilation against Bayern Munich last week and also not bothered by losing their only previous meeting with Real 7-3, in the 1960 European Cup final.
But Real were in the game as well soon when May match-winner Vinicius Junior had a glorious opportunity cleared on the goalline by defender Tuta and a shot saved by Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
Real came third time lucky on the ensuing corner kick when Alaba opened the scoring in the 37th after Casemiro kept the ball in play off Karim Benzema’s header.
Trapp made another big save from Vinicius Junior in the 55th, Casemiro hit the top of the bar six minutes later and Real finally got a deserved second when Benzema fired into the bottom left corner off the lively Vinicius Junior.