Real Madrid wins the super cup

Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup for the 12th time in their history after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in Sunday’s final at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.

Croatia’s Luka Modric (38) and France’s Karim Benzema (52 pk) scored for Real Madrid. Real Madrid are close to the number of titles from their traditional rival Barcelona, who have won the title 13 times. Real Madrid dominated the match, while Bilbao adopted a well-established defensive plan and counterattacks. Benzema received a pass from Brazilian Rodrigo, who shot it over the edge of the penalty area, around which Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon converted a corner with his fingertips (18).

Spain’s first goalkeeper intervened again to counter Brazilian Casemiro’s attempt (27). Real Madrid’s pressure yielded the first goal when Brazilian Rodrigo made a superb individual effort on the right and penetrated into the area before passing a ball towards Modric and fired it from the edge of the area into Bilbao’s net (38).

Bilbao tried to get rid of Real Madrid’s pressure, to equalize from a rebound before the break but Oihan Sancet’s shot hit Belgian Thibaut Courtois (45). Real Madrid doubled their lead early in the second half when the referee awarded them a penalty after a handball inside the area and Benzema finished it in the net (52).

Bilbao hoped to reduce the difference when a penalty was awarded following a violation from Real Madrid defender Eder Militao but Raul Garcia wasted the penalty three minutes before the end of the game.

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