Real Madrid beat Man United to Su­per Cup glory

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Real Madrid yes­ter­day claimed the UEFA Su­per Cup with a 2-1 vic­tory over Manch­ester United in Skopje.

Goals from Casemiro and Isco se­cured a fully-de­served tri­umph for the Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers, who have now won the tro­phy three times since 2014.

Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit on his com­pet­i­tive de­but, but the Europa League win­ners looked well short of match­ing Madrid for much of the en­counter in a hot and hu­mid Philip II Arena, where drinks breaks were re­quired.

United beat Madrid on penal­ties af­ter a 1-1 draw in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup last month, but they were se­cond best for the ma­jor­ity against Zine­dine Zi­dane's side, for whom Gareth Bale started and Cristiano Ron­aldo made a late cameo ap­pear­ance as a sub­sti­tute.

Jose Mour­inho handed first com­pet­i­tive starts to Lukaku, Ne­manja Matic and Vic­tor Lin­de­lof, but it looked un­likely that he would cel­e­brate a win over his old club from the mo­ment Casemiro broke the dead­lock af­ter 24 min­utes.

Isco's su­perb se­cond put Madrid in con­trol in the se­cond half and, al­though Lukaku gave United some hope of a come­back, Zi­dane's side held firm to win their sixth tro­phy since the French­man took charge last Jan­uary.

United looked the more set­tled in the early ex­changes, but it was Madrid who came clos­est to break­ing the dead­lock, with Bale - heav­ily linked with the Red Devils of late - prod­ding a vol­ley over from six yards be­fore Casemiro rat­tled the cross­bar from a Toni Kroos cor­ner.

Madrid were slowly tak­ing con­trol of pro­ceed­ings and they made the most of their su­pe­ri­or­ity - and a de­bat­able off­side de­ci­sion - af­ter 24 min­utes.

Manch­ester United cap­tain, An­to­nio Va­len­cia (R) fights for the ball with Real Madrid player Gareth Bale in yes­ter­day's UEFA Su­per Cup match.

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