9 August 2017
European Champions, Real Madrid outclassed Manchester United with a 2 – 1 win at the Telekom Arena, Skopje, Macedonia on Tuesday night to win the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.
Goals from Casemiro and Isco gave the dominant Madrid a two-goal lead before Romelu Lukaku reduced the tally to 2 – 1 as the Champions League winners retained the Super Cup.
Man Utd summer signings, Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelöf and Nemanja Matic all made the starting line-up while Anthony Martial who had a sterling performance in the pre-season games was benched.
Madrid Coach, Zinedine Zidane selected a strong Starting eleven with Cristiano Ronaldo being the only top player starting from the bench.
Madrid’s early dominance was rewarded with a lead in the 24th minute when Casemiro beat the offside trap to slot home Dani Carval’s floated cross.
The lead was doubled in the 52nd minute when Spanish International, Isco, delightfully finished off an interchange of passes with Gareth Bale from close range.
The tally was reduced in the 62nd minute when Keylon Navas failed to deal properly with Nemanja Matic’s shot and left Romelu Lukaku to slot home from inside the six-yard area.
The win means Real Madrid have now won four UEFA Super Cup titles. Only Barcelona and AC Milan with five titles each, have won more European Super Cups than Real Madrid.
Real Madrid Manager, Zinedine Zidane has now won six out of a possible eight trophies since he took over at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho’s woes at the UEFA Super Cup continues as he became the first manager to lose three European Super Cup matches, following defeats in 2013 with Chelsea and in 2003 with FC Porto.
Eight of the nine last European Super Cups have been won by Spanish teams.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.