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Spanish Super Cup champions!

MATCH REPORT. 16/01/2022. Alberto Navarro. Photographer: Helios de la Rubia and Pedro Castillo

Real Madrid overcome Athletic in Riyadh to win their 12th Super Cup in a final decided with a fine goal from Modrić and a Benzema penalty.

Real Madrid clinched their first title of the season with the club's twelfth Spanish Super Cup against Athletic in Riyadh. A solid Real Madrid side outclassed their opponents and added to their trophy haul courtesy of Modrić's 38th minute strike and Benzema's 52nd minute penalty. Courtois was at his best in the 86th minute to keep out Raúl García's penalty, after Militão had been dismissed. Real Madrid left Saudi Arabia with another trophy as Modrić was named man of the match in the final.
 
The first half was played at a high intensity without many big chances being created until Modrić's goal. The first chance came after 18 minutes when Benzema's shot from the edge of the area was saved by Unai Simón. Casemiro tried his luck nine minutes later, cutting in from the right and almost catching out the Athletic goalkeeper. The opening goal in the final soon followed and what a goal. Rodrygo lured in three defenders before slipping in Modrić who beat Unai Simón with a beautiful right-footed strike in the 38th minute. The Basque side looked to level things up in stoppage time when Sancet's shot went just over the bar.

Video.0-2: Spanish Super Cup champions!

The Whites got off to a fine start to the second half when in the 50th minute Benzema fired the ball goal-wards from the edge of the box and the Frenchman’s effort struck Yeray on the arm inside the area.  After consulting with the monitor, Soto Grado awarded a penalty and the France international converted the spot-kick to double the madridista’s lead. It was Benzema’s second goal in this year’s competition, which made him top-scorer in the tournament.

Madrid were largely unthreatened until the 87th minute, when Raúl García’s header hit Militão on the arm inside the box. Soto Grado once again went over to the monitor and awarded Athletic a penalty and subsequently gave the Madrid defender a red card. Courtois then pull off a stunning save with his feet to deny García. There was still time for Ancelotti to bring on Marcelo, who became the current Madrid player with the most trophies to his name (23).

Ancelotti: five different titles with Real Madrid

The Italian coach added another trophy to his madridista silverware list, which contains five trophies from different competitions: Champions League, Club World Cup, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, from his previous time at the club, along with tonight’s Spanish Super Cup.

Benzema on target in both Super Cup games

The forward demonstrated once again his spectacular form in Riyadh. The Frenchman netted the Whites' second goal in the Clásico semi-final, where he was also name man of the match, and in the final against Athletic making him the top scorer in this year's Spanish Super Cup. He is having a great season in front of goal scoring 24 times in the 27 games he's played.

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The referee

Soto Grado (Rioja), assisted by Cabañero Martínez and Gallego García. Díaz de Mera Escuderos was the forth referee, with Medié Jiménez (Catalunya) the video assistant referee. 

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