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Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: European Super Cup – as it happened

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema lifts the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after winning the European Super Cup.
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema lifts the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after winning the European Super Cup. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

That’s it for tonight’s blog. We’ll have a match report shortly, and the live blogs will return at the weekend. Thanks for your company and emails, goodnight!

Players and staff of Real Madrid celebrate with the UEFA Super Cup trophy after their 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
It’s trophy time. Photograph: Tullio Puglia/UEFA/Getty Images


Full time: Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Real Madrid win the Super Cup for the fifth time, equalling the record of Milan and Barcelona. David Alaba and Karim Benzema scored to give them a comfortable victory against a willing but toothless Frankfurt.

It was an enjoyable enough game, and there were no problems with the new offside technology. I don’t know what else to tell you.

Real Madrid fans show their support.
The Real Madrid fans are happy. Photograph: Tullio Puglia/UEFA/Getty Images
Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti hugs with Frankfurt's head coach Oliver Glasner at the end of the UEFA Super Cup final.
Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti commiserates with Frankfurt's head coach Oliver Glasner. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP
A detailed view of the engraving of Real Madrid on the UEFA Super Cup trophy after their victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Super Cup final.
Meanwhile, the engraver gets to work. Photograph: Tullio Puglia/UEFA/Getty Images


90 min Three minutes of added time.

87 min Kolo Muani, who has been lively since coming on, is fouled by Alaba down the Frankfurt right. Lenz’s free-kick is overhit and Courtois allows it to drift behind for a goalkick.

87 min “I like these meaningless but meaningful matches, the ultimate example being the third-place playoff at the World Cup,” says Kári Tulinius. “They start haphazardly until competitiveness takes hold of the players, who go hell-for-leather in an uncoordinated way, because they didn’t pay attention in training. Then, towards the end, the team that’s losing suddenly remembers that it’s a friendly and starts not caring one bit. There are no spectacles like it in world sport.”

86 min For the time being, Rudiger is playing at right-back.

85 min: Triple substitution for Real. The new signings Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger are coming on along with Dani Ceballos. They replace Vinicius, who was as menacing as ever, Kroos and Carvajal.

81 min Kroos drives wide from 25 yards after a good break from Madrid, which started with a thumping challenge by Casemiro on Knauff just outside the area.

Ansgar Knauff of Eintracht Frankfurt challenges Casemiro of Real Madrid.
Oooof. Ansgar Knauff of Eintracht Frankfurt feels the full force of a Casemiro challenge. Photograph: Oliver Hardt/UEFA/Getty Images


79 min That early chance for Kamada aside, Frankfurt haven’t really threatened to score. They’re a good side but Madrid are a class above.

76 min A change for Madrid: Eduardo Camavinga replaces the ever excellent Fede Valverde.

74 min Here’s that goal from Karim Benzema.

74 min “With that second goal, the Super Cup is surely a Dundee-l,” says Peter Oh. “Real have got quality from A-Z. Sorry Simon McMahon, it’s the best I could do.”

73 min It’s all Madrid now, with Vinicius and Benzema increasingly rampant. They really are a devastating combination.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow and Ansgar Knauff attempt to deal with Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid.
Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid causing headaches for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow and Ansgar Knauff . Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images


72 min Tuta makes a vital interception to stop Valverde’s cutback reaching Benzema in front of goal. Valverde was released by a classy disguised pass from Rodrygo on the right.

69 min Another change for Frankfurt: Lucas Alario replaces Almamy Toure.

68 min That goal was Benzema’s 324th for Madrid, which puts him above Raul and into second on the all-time list. Cristiano Ronaldo is top with 450-odd.


67 min Rodrygo replaces Luka Modric.

GOAL! Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Benzema 65)

The great man gets his first goal of the season. It was made by his professional bestie Vinicius, who cut inside from the left and picked out Benzema on the edge of the area. He allowed the ball to run across his body and sidefooted a shot that went straight through Trapp. It wobbled slightly but Trapp should still have saved it; maybe he was unsighted.

There’s a (semi-automated) check for offside, but the goal stands.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema scores their second goal.
Karim Benzema fires home to double Real Madrid’s lead. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s second goal.
Benzema celebrates his goal. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Getty Images


64 min That’s better from Frankfurt. Knauff, their usually dynamic right wing-back, wanders into the area from the right and pokes a shot that takes a slight deflection and is saved to his left by Courtois.

64 min “Evening Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “I’ve been thinking of a way to shoehorn a reference to Dundee United’s Europa Conference League third qualifying round second leg against AZ Alkmaar tomorrow into tonight’s blog, but I can’t think of one. It would have been easier if it was Barcelona v Borussia Moenchengladbach to be honest. Maybe you or someone else can help?”

Talking of which, you know there’s a 1987 documentary on BBC Alba right now? It’s good, I watched it a few years ago.

63 min Although Frankfurt are having more of the ball than in the first half, Madrid are the team who look like scoring. Since they took the lead they have been very comfortable.

61 min: Casemiro hits the bar! Kroos and Modric combined to find Casemiro, 22 yards out, and he cracked a first-time shot that clonked off the top of the bar.


60 min Valverde stretches to hit a shot that takes a deflection and is comfortably saved by the leaping Trapp.

58 min: Two changes for Frankfurt Mario Gotze, the very same, and Randal Kolo Muani replace Sebastian Rode and Jesper Lindstrom.


57 min Frankfurt have had more of the ball since half time. Lindstrom wriggles away from Casemiro and tries to play a one-two with Rode on the edge of the area; Militao nips in to clear.

55 min Mendy’s cross from the left finds its way through to Vinicius, whose shot takes a deflection, possibly off Benzema, and is well saved with his legs by Trapp.


53 min Rode’s imaginative through pass is miscontrolled by Lindstrom, who was offside anyway.

51 min Casemiro makes a couple of important challenges on Lindstrom in the space of five seconds.

48 min Toure moves forward from the back and tries to find Borre in the area. Militao gets between him and the ball and ushers it out of play.

46 min Peep peep! Madrid begin the second half, with no changes on either side. There are a few new signings among the subs, including Antonio Rudiger, Aurelien Tchouameni and Mario Gotze.

Half-time reading

Half time: Real Madrid 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Peep peep! The end of an enjoyable first half in Helsinki. Madrid lead through David Alaba’s tap-in after 37 minutes, and the scoreline feels about right. Frankfurt started brightly, with Kamada missing an excellent chance, but Madrid imposed themselves as the half progressed. See you soon for the second half.

43 min Here’s that Alaba goal.

42 min Benzema has a shot blocked, then Casemiro’s long-range follow-up is saved by Trapp. Madrid look minded to put this to bed before half-time.

41 min: Benzema misses a great chance! It should be 2-0 to Madrid. The chance came when Kroos, on the right, angled a lovely pass back towards Benzema on the edge of the area. He took it beautifully in his stride only to punch a drive just wide of the far post.

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema shoots wide of the upright.
Close but no cigar for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema (left) reacts after missing a chance to score.
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema (left) reacts after missing a chance to score. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP


40 min It was a bit of a soft goal for Frankfurt to concede, but it is what it is.

GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Alaba 37)

David Alaba gives Real the lead from the corner! Kross curled it towards the penalty spot, when Benzema won the ball in the air and looped it back towards Casemiro near the byline at the front post. He headed it back across goal, taking Trapp out of the game in the process, and Alaba tapped it into the empty net from a few yards.

Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt attempts to stop the ball as Casemiro of Real Madrid heads the ball to David Alaba, who scores their side's first goal.
Casemiro of Real Madrid heads the ball to David Alaba … Photograph: Oliver Hardt/UEFA/Getty Images
Real Madrid’s David Alaba opens the scoring.
Who slots the ball into the empty net to give Real Madrid the lead. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
David Alaba of Real Madrid celebrates after opening the scoring.
David Alaba of Real Madrid celebrates after opening the scoring. Photograph: Oliver Hardt/UEFA/Getty Images


37 min: Good save by Trapp! Vinicius plays a classic give-and-go with Benzema, then cuts infield from the left and curls a low shot towards the far corner. Trapp dives low to his left to fingertip it behind. That’s an excellent stop.

35 min Madrid are playing their usual slow-slow-quick style, with lots of harmless passing and then a sudden thrust. So far Frankfurt have defended pretty well.

32 min It’s a decent enough game, by Super Cup standards, but it hasn’t yet changed the world. Frankfurt look sharp on the counter, and Karim Benzema looks sharp full stop.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid in action.
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid in action. Photograph: Petteri Paalasmaa/EPA


28 min Lens is down again after an aerial challenge with Carvajal. This time he fell awkwardly, but he seems okay.

26 min Possession percentage: Real Madrid 59-41 Eintracht Frankfurt.

24 min Knauff’s crisp cross-shot is pushed away to his right by Courtois, a decent if essentially straightforward save. Just before that, Militao made an important interception from Lindstrom’s cross after a terrific counter-attack.

23 min Here’s that goalline clearance from Tuta.

19 min After a forgettable start, this is warming up pleasantly.


17 min: Off the line by Tuta! What a great piece of defending. Madrid cut Frankfurt open with a terrific move, started by Valverde on the right. He angled a sharp square pass to Benzema, who elegantly teed up Vinicius to his left. Vinicius slid a confident low shot past Trapp that was booted clear by Tuta in the six-yard box.

15 min Vinicius beats Knauff with aplomb on the left but his cutback is booted clear.

14 min: Good save from Courtois! That was the real quiz. Mendy was robbed by Knauff, who fed the ball infield to Borre. He flicked an angled through ball towards Kamada, whose left-foot shot was saved to his left by Courtois. Kamada is right footed, and it showed – it wasn’t the most convincing attempt, though Courtois still did pretty well.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada shoots at goal.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada shoots at goal. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters


12 min Lindstrom is denied by the diving Courtois, though everyone suspected he was offside and the flag went up as soon as the ball made contact with Courtois’ gloves.


10 min Carvajal slams his shoulder into the face of Lens, who briefly visits the canvas. I think it was clumsy rather than deliberate, but it looked painful. Many players would have made more of that than Lens did.

8 min Still no offsides, semi-automated or otherwise. But we do have the first corner, won by Valverde down the Madrid right. Kroos overhits it and Rode heads clear.

6 min “At the risk of stating the obvious,” says Peter Oh, “whoever has the better Finnish is likely to be happier when the night is over.”

5 min Madrid continue to dominate the ball, but it’s all in the middle third at the moment. It’s been a slow start.

3 min Lots of early Real possession, though they’ve achieved the square root of diddly squat with it.

2 min Incidentally, Uefa have confirmed that this will be played over the tannoy whenever there’s a semi-automated offside.

1 min Peep peep! Eintracht Frankfurt kick off from right to left as we look. They’re in black; Madrid are wearing white.

Daichi Kamada of Eintracht Frankfurt kicks off the UEFA Super Cup Final 2022 between Real Madrid  and Eintracht Frankfurt at Helsinki Olympic Stadium.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada gets the show on the road. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/UEFA/Getty Images


The players on a yellow card:

Here come the players. The captains, Karim Benzema and Sebastian Rode, are each carrying the trophies they won last season. In a couple of hours, one of them will be holding the Super Cup an’ all.


“I was at the UCLA campus recently in the Los Angeles when lo and behold the Real Madrid team turned up in golf cards to be ferried to some practice sessions,” says Liverpool fan Ian Copestake. “It completely spoiled my morning.”

They were wearing their golf cards?

“Hello Rob!” writes Martin Segerstråle. “As a native, I have to say it’s a joy to have a game of such magnitude (!) (?) in Helsinki. Traffic is a mess and there are people everywhere. Lovely! The refurbished Olympic Stadium is a worthy venue for these games nowadays, so it’s nice Uefa noticed that. Here’s to an exciting (boring 5-0) game!”

The stadium looks tremendous. I wonder how the mood compares to the night Bon Jovi and Babylon Zoo played there in 1996. (I’m not making that up.)

Fans cheer inside the stadium prior to the Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt UEFA Super Cup final 2022 at Helsinki Olympic Stadium.
Fans cheer inside the stadium prior to kick-off. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/UEFA/Getty Images


“Why are we hoping VAR doesn’t descend into a farce?” says Espen B. “I detest VAR in general, but I can’t deny that horrible VAR decisions are funny as long as you have no emotional connection to the teams involved. If this automated offside thingy goes completely haywire, and there’s plenty of potential, you can’t deny it will add to the entertainment value of a game that, quite frankly, is hard to get excited about?”

Oh I agree with every word you say, it’s just that my therapist has encouraged me to suppress my inner Costanza.

It was 62 years ago in May

“Hey Rob!” says Joe Pearson. “What if Roma were invited, to make it some kind of Super Duper Cup? Let Madrid’s starting XI face a 15-man squad cobbled together from the best of Frankfurt and Roma. And let Glasner and Mou duke it out to see who gets to manage this abomination. Even though Glasner is 11 years younger, I think Jose fights dirty, so my money would be on the Portuguese. And you wonder why Uefa hasn’t signed me up as a consultant. Honestly!”

I’m only publishing this email to help your intellectual property claim in 2031.

Real Madrid start their La Liga defence at Almeria on Sunday. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bundesliga campaign got off to an imperfect start last Friday when they were plugged 6-1 by Bayern Munich.

The Fiver’s big(gish)-match preview


Team news

Carlo Ancelotti, the old romantic, picks the same Real Madrid XI that beat Liverpool in the Champions League final. Oliver Glasner makes one enforced change to the Eintracht Frankfurt side that won the Europa League final – Christopher Lenz replaces the brilliant Filip Kostic, who is off to Juventus, at left wing-back.

Real Madrid (4-3-3) Courtois; Carvajal, Eder Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Substitutes: Lunin, Vallejo, Nacho, Hazard, Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Rodrygo, Rudiger, Mariano Diaz, Camavinga.

Eintracht Frankfurt (3-4-2-1) Trapp; Tuta, Toure, N’Dicka; Knauff, Sow, Rode, Lenz; Lindstram, Kamada; Borre.
Substitutes: Grahl, Ramaj, Smolcic, Jakic, Kolo Muani, Alidou, Hasebe, Alario, Chandler, Hauge, Gotze.

Referee Michael Oliver (England)



Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Uefa Super Cup between Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki. This game is the symbolic start of the European season, even though that’s been going on since La Fiorita lost 2-1 to Inter Club d’Escaldes in the Champions League preliminary round semi-finals on 21 June. It’s also a celebration of the past, both distant and recent. This is the first meeting between Madrid and Frankfurt since the mind-altering European Cup final of 1960, and a celebration of their glorious triumphs in Europe last season.

Real won their 14th Champions League after an extraordinary campaign that culminated in victory over Liverpool in Paris. Frankfurt won their second European trophy, and their first since 1980, by beating Rangers on penalties in the Europa League final in Seville. And Roma, who won the inaugural Conference League, aren’t invited tonight.

This match is, depending on your perspective, a glorified friendly or the chance to win a major trophy. It’s also an historic occasion: the unveiling of semi-automated offside technology, which will be used in the Champions League and World Cup. I’ve got the popcorn ready in case it descends into farce, like VAR during its Etch A Sketch phase, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Kick off 8pm.


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