Real Madrid lift fifth UEFA Super Cup beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0
The goals scored by David Alaba and Karim Benzema against Eintracht Frankfurt gave Real Madrid opportunity to lift its fifth UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.
The winners of last season's Champions League and Europa League faced off at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki where semi-automated offside technology was making its first appearance in European competition.
Despite Thibaut Courtois being called into action several times in the first half, Real controlled the majority of possession and went ahead eight minutes before the break when David Alaba tapped into an empty net (37) after Casemiro had headed the ball back across goal from a tight angle.
While Frankfurt were dangerous, particularly in the first half, Madrid's experience and individual quality saw them through, as it did so often in their victorious 2021-22 Champions League campaign.
Frankfurt had the best of the early stages, with Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois forced into a stunning anticipation save when one-on-one with Daichi Kamada in the 14th minute.
Madrid almost got their first, when Benzema released Vinicius to curl past Kevin Trapp in the penalty box, only for Tuta to clear the ball off the line.
With Madrid dominating possession, Frankfurt mounted several counter-attacks until Madrid launched a counter of their own in the 37th minute.
A diving Trapp got his fingertips to a goal-bound shot by Vinicius, pushing the ball out for a corner.