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Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt Live Commentary, 10/08/2022

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D. Alaba (37)
K. Benzema (65)
Helsingin olympiastadion

Commentary

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Madrid have momentum ahead of the start of the LaLiga campaign where they begin their title defence on the road to Almeria on Sunday. Frankfurt are next in Bundesliga action away to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Real Madrid win the European Super Cup for a fifth time courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. David Alaba put Los Blancos ahead in the first half with a close-range finish before Karim Benzema notched a second to take the contest beyond the reach of the German outfit. Carlo Ancelotti adds a 24th trophy to his long list of achievements in the game.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-0 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
90' + 2' Rodrygo makes a burst down the right flank and fires towards goal from a tight angle, but he can only hit the side-netting.
L. Alario
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
90' + 2' Alario catches Tchouameni with a loose challenge and goes into the book.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
87' Lenz takes the resulting free-kick and angles a left-footed cross into the middle that arcs behind for a goal-kick.
86' Alaba sticks out an arm to bring down Kolo Muani on the right flank, who has offered an outlet for Frankfurt since arriving from the bench.
A. Rüdiger
Dani Carvajal
Real Madrid
85' Rudiger also makes his competitive debut by replacing Carvajal at the back.
A. Tchouaméni
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
85' Tchouameni makes his competitive bow for Madrid as he replaces Kroos.
Dani Ceballos
Vinícius Júnior
Real Madrid
85' Ceballos replaces Vinicius for the closing minutes of the game.
83' Alario draws a foul from Camavinga, but the resulting free-kick from Gotze sails out of play for a goal-kick. Frankfurt have faded drastically in the second half.
81' WIDE! Madrid break with numbers, but Rodrygo puts his offload behind Benzema in the final third. He checks back to find Kroos for a blast from 25 yards that travels wide of the left post.
78' Madrid have been extremely impressive in the second half. Ancelotti will be thrilled with his side's performance without having played a competitive match this season.
E. Camavinga
F. Valverde
Real Madrid
76' Valverde is withdrawn by Ancelotti as Camavinga makes his way on to the pitch.
75' Kolo Muani probes down the right flank, but pressure from Casemiro sees him lose the ball behind for a goal-kick. The midfielder has been excellent covering back in the second half.
73' Vinicius and Benzema try the give and go down the inside-left channel, but Ndicka reacts to sweep the ball out for a throw-in.
72' Madrid are finding space with ease in the final third, but Rodrygo cannot find Benzema in space in the box.
L. Alario
A. Touré
Eintracht Frankfurt
69' Glasner aims to get a goal back as he sends an attacker on in the form of Alario to replace Toure.
68' Alaba has scored four goals in 47 appearances for Madrid in all competitions, more than any other Los Blancos defender since the start of last season.
Rodrygo
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
66' Rodrygo replaces Modric for Los Blancos, which will see Valverde drop back into the midfield.
Vinícius Júnior
Assist
Real Madrid
65' Vinicius makes a good run down the left flank and picks out Benzema to score with a pinpoint cutback.
K. Benzema
Goal
Real Madrid
65' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! BENZEMA FINDS THE NET!!!!! 2-0!!!!! Madrid double their advantage as Benzema beats Trapp with a right-footed strike. Vinicius raids down the left flank and sends a cutback into the middle for the Frenchman. He takes a touch before firing at goal without a great deal of power. However, the ball travels through Trapp and hits the back of the net. The Frankfurt keeper should have done a lot better.
63' SAVE! Knauff cuts inside with menace and space opens up for him to strike at goal on his right foot. He does not make a clean connection with his shot with the outside of his boot and it allows Courtois to make the save.
61' OFF THE BAR! Casemiro almost scores a stunner. Modric rolls an offload to the Brazil international who turns and curls a left-footed strike at goal. It loops over Trapp's hand, but hits the crossbar and sails over.
60' Vinicius and Valverde apply pressure on the Frankfurt backline from a ball over the top. Valverde closes down Ndicka with a sliding challenge, but the ball loops up towards goal allowing Trapp to make a comfortable claim.
R. Kolo Muani
J. Lindstrøm
Eintracht Frankfurt
58' Kolo Muani enters the action to replace Lindstrom in the final third.
M. Götze
S. Rode
Eintracht Frankfurt
58' Rode is withdrawn by Glasner from the middle of the park and is replaced by Gotze.
57' Lindstrom tries to combine with Borre on the edge of the box, but he gets edged out by Alaba as the Spanish outfit clear the danger with ease.
55' SAVE! Trapp denies Vinicius with a fine reaction stop. Mendy does get his cross in on this occasion and it finds Vinicius 10 yards from goal. He turns to shoot on his left foot and his effort is deflected on its way to goal, but Trapp still spreads himself to make a good save.
54' Mendy gets forward in space down the left flank, but Knauff recovers well to prevent the Frenchman from lifting a cross into the box.
51' Casemiro displays great work rate to get back to prevent Lindstrom from finding Borre in the middle. He makes a first challenge, and although he gets beaten by the forward with a neat piece of skill, he recovers to regain the ball for Los Blancos.
50' Valverde continues to offer an outlet down right flank and he wins a throw-in deep in Frankfurt territory off the legs of Ndicka.
48' Madrid get their foot on the ball in the early stages of the half looking to regain their rhythm from the first period.
46' We're back under way in Helsinki.
Madrid found their sharpness in the final third towards the end of the half and will be keen to kill off the contest early in the second. Carlo Ancelotti will have slight concerns over how much space Frankfurt were able to find on the counter, which could lead to changes after the break.
Real Madrid hold a 1-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt at the break in their European Super Cup clash. David Alaba broke the deadlock with a close-range finish following good work from Casemiro at the near post. Karim Benzema should have made it two, but the Frenchman fired wide of the target. The German outfit had their moments too as Daichi Kamada and Ansgar Knauff forced saves from Thibaut Courtois, but they have work ahead to get back into the contest.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 1-0 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
45' There will be one minute of added time.
42' Vinicius and Mendy combine to tee up Benzema for a strike that is charged down by Tuta. Casemiro pounces on the rebound and penetrates the wall of black shirts, but Trapp makes a comfortable stop.
41' BENZEMA SHOULD MAKE IT TWO! The Frenchman collects an offload from Valverde on the right flank and has space and time to bury his right-footed strike. Benzema connects well with his attempt, but places it just wide of the left post with the goal gaping.
39' Frankfurt try to hit back straight away as Lenz angles a cross into the box from the left flank, but Militao and Alaba do enough to prevent from Borre from connecting in the middle.
Casemiro
Assist
Real Madrid
37' Casemiro is alert to Benzema's header and wins the second header to tee up Alaba to score.
D. Alaba
Goal
Real Madrid
37' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! ALABA CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!!!!! 1-0 MADRID!!! Los Blancos take the lead as Alaba taps into an empty net. Kroos lifts a corner into the box and that Benzema attacks. His effort looks to be heading out, but Casemiro keeps it alive, drawing two defenders and Trapp to his position. Casemiro's knockdown falls perfectly for Alaba, who is left with a simple finish.
37' INCHES WIDE! Vinicius surges down the left flank in a one-two with Benzema before he cuts inside on his right foot. He curls a right-footed strike towards goal that drifts just wide of the post with the slightest of touches from Trapp.
36' Sow looks for a cross-field pass towards Lindstrom in space, but he cannot keep himself onside. The forward had to do better in that situation there.
34' Kroos angles his free-kick into the box, but the German outfit clear the danger and from the follow-up from Mendy.
33' Carvajal and Lenz clash down the flank again and this time Los Blancos win a free-kick in a promising position.
30' Benzema closes down Tuta at the back and wins possession on the left flank. He can't quite bring the ball under control with his second touch to break away from the defender and loses it behind for a goal-kick.
28' Lenz and Carvajal fly into an aerial challenge that leaves both men on the deck. The two players are back on their feet, but it shows the commitment to the cause tonight.
26' Frankfurt have looked dangerous when they've moved the ball forward. Madrid's lack of sharpness seems to be effecting their defensive capabilities rather than their attacking prowess.
24' SAVE! Frankfurt sustain the pressure and Rode rolls an offload to Knauff on the edge of the box. He takes a touch to fire at goal, forcing Courtois into a fine stop on the deck before Madrid clear the danger.
24' Kamada and Lindstrom combine in the final third for the German outfit, but the latter sees his cross towards Borre deflected away by Militao.
21' Borre tries to turn away from Casemiro in the middle of the park and gets caught on his ankles, winning a free-kick for the German outfit.
18' Modric collects in the Frankfurt box and tries to feed a pass towards Vinicius, only to send his offload out for a goal-kick.
17' OFF THE LINE! Tuta prevents Vinicius from breaking the deadlock. Valverde sweeps a low cross into the box from the right flank to Benzema, who opts against the strike to tee up Vinicius in space. The Brazil international fires his effort past Trapp, only to see Tuta slide in to clear the ball off the line.
16' Vinicius puts the pressure on Toure and wins the ball on the byline. He skips past the covering Tuta, only to lose possession at the vital moment before he can fire at goal.
14' SAVE! Courtois denies Kamada with a solid stop. Lindstrom threads the needle to release the forward in the inside-left channel with space and time to pick his spot. Kamada dwells slightly on his strike, but still gets a good connection. Courtois watches it all the way and makes the save, pushing the ball away from goal.
12' OFFSIDE! Borre turns the ball around the corner for Lindstram to chase in the Madrid box. He fires hard at goal, but sees his effort well saved by Courtois. The offside flag goes up late, but no one on the field knew that.
9' Toure takes a risk at the back as he allows the ball to bounce in the Frankfurt box, but he recovers in time to clear ahead of Vincius.
8' Valverde makes good progress down the right flank and wins a corner off the legs of Ndicka, who cannot prevent the set-piece.
7' Valverde probes down the right flank, but good defending from Lenz edges the ball away from the midfielder and out for a throw-in.
4' Vinicius tries to rob Sow in possession, but just catches the midfielder with a loose boot and gives away a free-kick.
2' Madrid are attempting to knock the ball around the middle of the park to build a rhythm. It will be interesting to see how they adapt to the pace of a competitive game tonight.
1' We're under way in Helsinki.
Real Madrid can join AC Milan and Barcelona with the most Super Cup wins with a victory tonight.
Frankfurt have made two changes to their side that lost 6-1 to Bayern on the opening day of the Bundesliga. Filip Kostic is reportedly on the verge of joining Juventus and is absent from the squad tonight. He is replaced by Lenz at left-wing back. Gotze drops to the bench as Kamada replaces the German in the final third.
Ancelotti names an unchanged side from the Champions League final for the clash tonight. Benzema, Vinicius and Valverde form a three-man attack ahead of Modric, Kroos and Casemiro. The continuity continues at the back with Carvajal, Militao, Alaba and Mendy operating in front of Courtois. Tchouameni and Rudiger start on the bench, but could be handed their debuts tonight.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT SUBS: Hrvoje Smolcic, Kristijan Jakic, Randal Kolo Muani, Faride Alidou, Makoto Hasebe, Lucas Alario, Timothy Chandler, Jens Hauge, Mario Gotze, Jens Grahl, Diant Ramaj.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT (3-4-3): Kevin Trapp; Almamy Toure, Tuta, Evan Ndicka; Ansgar Knauff, Sebastien Rode, Djibril Sow, Christopher Lenz; Jesper Lindstrom, Daichi Kamada, Rafael Borre.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Ceballos, Rodrygo, Antonio Rudiger, Mariano Diaz, Eduardo Camavinga.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Miltao, David Alaba; Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Frankfurt started the off their season in the worst possible manner, suffering a 6-1 hammering at home at the hands of Bayern Munich. Oliver Glasner's men were blown away by Bayern in the final third and will need a response tonight to improve their confidence. They were excellent throughout their run to the Europa League crown and will need to channel that level of performance tonight.
Madrid return to competitive action for the first time since their Champions League triumph over Liverpool courtesy of Vinicius Junior's strike. Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate to start the new campaign by adding further silverware to the trophy cabinet to set the tone from the off. There have not been sweeping changes at the Bernabeu in the summer, but there could be a chance for new players Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni to make an impact off the bench.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the European Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt at Helsinki Olympic Stadium.