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Real Madrid wins UEFA Super Cup, ties Barcelona, Milans record

HELSINKI (AP) This time around, there have been only two goals.

David Alaba and Karim Benzema scored in each half for Real Madrid to win the UEFA Super Cup with a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.

Alaba prodded the opener home from close range in the 37th minute when Casemiro cushioned Benzemas header back following a corner. The French star then sealed Madrids record-equaling fifth Super Cup title in the 65th because of an assist from the lively Vincius Jnior.

It had been Benzemas 324th goal for Madrid, overtaking club legend Ral. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has more after scoring 450 goals for the club between 2009-18.

However the game between your Champions League winners, Madrid, and Europa League champions, Frankfurt, didn’t match the spectacle of these previous meeting.

Their only other competitive game was the 1960 European Cup final, when Alfredo Di Stfano scored three goals and Ferenc Pusks chipped in with four to provide Madrid a 7-3 win and fifth consecutive European crown.

Frankfurt goal-scorer Erwin Stein and teammate Dieter Stinka were in Helsinki for the rematch 62 years later, nonetheless it was the 93-year-old Jos Santamaria the only real remaining Madrid player from that final in Glasgow who celebrated another win. The three veterans embraced warmly if they met before kickoff.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti started along with his established players, forcing new signings Antonio Rdiger and Aurelien Tchouameni to view from the bench.

Frankfurt was keen to create amends for a 6-1 rout in the home to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga opening game last Friday.

Frankfurts Jesper Lindstrm drew a save from Thibault Courtois in early stages, although flag went up for offside, giving the Danish midfielder the distinction to be the initial in a European club competition to force UEFAs new semi-automated offside technology into action.

Lindstrm then create Daichi Kamada, who was simply onside before Courtois blocked his effort. These were to be Frankfurts only chances.

Vincius Jnior had Madrids first big opportunity, but Brazilian compatriot Tuta slid directly into deny him.

Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp produced an excellent save to avoid another Vincius Jnior effort in the 37th, but Madrid scored from the resultant corner when Benzema and Casemiro combined to provide Alaba a straightforward finish.

Benzema went close shortly afterward as Madrid ended the initial half in the ascendancy, and Vincius Jnior tested Trapp again early in the next.

The Brazilian cut inside to create Benzemas goal, once the French forward let fly with a primary shot past Trapp.

Comforted by the two-goal cushion, the Spanish champions began turning on the style with intricate passing combinations albeit without increasing their tally.

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