Real Madrid win all-Span­ish UEFA Su­per Cup

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Right-back Dani Car­va­jal was the un­likely hero for Real Madrid, scor­ing the 119thminute win­ner as the Cham­pi­ons League win­ners beat Europa League hold­ers Sevilla 3-2 in Trond­heim, Norway, to claim the UEFA Su­per Cup.

The vic­tory, played out in rain­swept con­di­tions at Rosen­borg’s Lerk­endal Sta­dion, was the se­cond European tro­phy for Real coach Zinedine Zi­dane since he took over in Jan­uary.

The European cham­pi­ons took the lead through Marco Asen­sio, who be­came the club’s youngest scorer in a European Fi­nal with a stun­ning long-range shot. The im­pres­sive 20-year-old, who spent last sea­son on loan at Es­panyol, took his chance in a team which fea­tured only four of the start­ing line-up from May’s vic­to­ri­ous game in Mi­lan. Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Gareth Bale were among those rested af­ter their Euro 2016 ex­er­tions, while Zi­dane elected to leave Colom­bian mid­fielder James Ro­driguez on the bench.

Sevilla equalised through Franco Vazquez, a sum­mer sign­ing from Palermo, who fired home through a crowded penalty area.

Madrid skip­per Ser­gio Ramos, who be­gan his ca­reer with Sevilla, turned out to be both a hero and vil­lain in the se­cond half. The de­fender tripped Sevilla winger Vi­tolo for a penalty that was con­verted by sub­sti­tute Yevhen Kono­plyanka but then, in the 93rd minute, he ar­rived un­marked in the six-yard box to head home and send the game into ex­tra-time.

Sevilla saw Ti­mothee Kolodziejczak sent off early in the ex­tra pe­riod, but Real failed to take ad­van­tage, with Ro­driguez miss­ing two good chances.

The match looked like go­ing to penal­ties un­til Car­va­jal’s late strike. The full-back, who missed Spain’s Euro 2016 cam­paign af­ter get­ting in­jured in the Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal, ran all the way into the Sevilla area be­fore fir­ing home.

Sevilla, who were play­ing un­der new boss Jorge Sam­paoli, had also lost in the pre­vi­ous year’s Su­per Cup, los­ing 5-4 to Barcelona.

Zi­dane, who was soaked with wa­ter by his players dur­ing the post-match cel­e­bra­tions, said: “In foot­ball you never know what’s go­ing to

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