Real Madrid underlined their new status as the dominant force in Spanish football after beating El Clasico rivals Barcelona 2-0 on Wednesday night (5-1 on aggregate) to win the Super Cup for the 10th time.
The reigning Spanish and European champions were given an early lead by Marco Asensio, who scored from 25 yards early in the first half. It was another stunning effort following his late strike in Sunday’s first leg of the pre-season encounter that pits the League and Cup winners against each other.
Karim Benzema then killed off Barca’s hopes before half-time, flicking up Marcelo’s cross to turn defender Samuel Umtiti and fire home a second goal to leave Leo Messi and his team-mates despondent.
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The emphatic victory meant Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane started where he left off last season – with more silverware for the trophy cabinet. Only last week Real won the European Super Cup against Manchester United.
“We have a lot of work behind us and we are looking forward to achieving even more things. As I said before this team is hungry and we show it every time we play,” Zidane told a news conference.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both rattled the woodwork in the second half for Barcelona. However it was a bleak display from the Catalan side, and leaves coach Ernesto Valverde with plenty of holes to plug – and a team whose morale needs boosting – before the league season begins this coming weekend.
“The Super Cup seems to be the end of the pre-season, but of course it’s a title that we all want to win. They won it, we congratulate them and now we need to focus on the championship, to cheer up and of course, to move forward,” Valverde said.
Real’s victory came despite the absence of Gareth Bale who was on the bench – and the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo.
His red card in the first leg cast a cloud over the start of his season – but it was one which his team did much to chase away on Wednesday night.