Modric & Benz fire Real to Super Cup title

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Real Madrid won the Supercopa Espana title with a 2-0 victory over previous holders Athletic Bilbao in Riyadh on Sunday evening.

David Alaba passed a late fitness test to take to the field from the off for Real, Lucas Vasquez came in for Dani Carvajal, while Rodrygo was preferred up front.

As expected, Real were dominating possession in the early exchanges. With five minutes gone Luka Modric and Lucas Vasquez combined on the right and it fell to Casemiro who fed Rodrygo, but he rushed his shot and it dribbled wide.

Los Blancos came very close in the 19th minute. Vinicius Junior teed up Karim Benzema on the edge of the box and he opened his body up before bending his effort towards the far corner but the deflection meant it went just the wrong side of the post.

Spain number one Unai Simon then made a good save for Athletic when he tipped Casemiro's drilled effort towards the near post around the corner.

Everything was happening down the right for Real, with Rodrygo giving Bilbao a massive headache. And the Brazilian made the assist for the opening goal when he went past a couple of defenders on the right and laid it off to Luka Modric just inside the box and he curled a delicious effort past Simon and into the top corner.

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Los Leones gave Real a scare on the stroke of half-time when the ball fell to Oihan Sanchet who cut inside before unleashing a powerful effort towards the top right corner but it went inches wide.

Real won a penalty five minutes after half-time when Benzema's effort struck Yeray Alvarez' arm and the Frenchman stepped up and hammered it into the left corner.

Athletic almost pulled a goal back with two chances in quick succession when first a deflected effort brought a brilliant save out of Thibaut Courtois and then Raul Garcia and Alvarez got in each other's way at the back post and it went wide.

However, the Lions would get another chance to halve the deficit in the 86th minute when Garcia's header, which was going in, struck Eder Militao's arm and the Brazilian was shown a straight red card. But Garcia's penalty was brilliantly saved by the legs of Courtois to ensure it was a nervy finale to the final as it could have been for Carlo Ancelotti's side, who claim their first piece of silverware for the season.

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