Real Madrid vs Athletic Club score: Luka Modric’s classy performance leads Los Blancos to Super Cup victory

It was Real Madrid’s reliable former stars who presented them with the cup on Sunday. Who else but Toni Kroos and striker Luka Modric in midfield, alongside Karim Benzema in the lead, would deliver the Spanish Super Cup final. Real were too good in possession for Athletic Club to have any real chances and finished with a 2-0 victory. This now puts Real Madrid one title behind Barcelona’s 13 to be the most successful club in Super Cup history.

From the first kick it was all Real but Athletic’s defensive partnership of Yeray Alvarez and Inigo Martinez was well drilled to protect Unai Simon in goal. Athletic Club wanted to knock Madrid on the counter through Inaki Williams and were ready to absorb the pressure. But it’s still a dangerous game to play against a side that can tear you apart like the current La Liga leaders.

Toni Kroos would send a warning signal in the sixth minute as his through ball Vinicius Jr ripped through the Athletic Club defence, but Simon beat Vinicius to the ball. Athletic went on the counter through Williams but an excellent sliding tackle from David Alaba would clear the danger. While there were handball calls on the tackle, Alaba was in a natural position and didn’t stretch his body and he was flailing.

Los Blancos then kicked into high gear with Karim Benzema firing his shot just wide as they took advantage of overloads in wide areas to create their chances. Athletic had problems knowing which of Vinicus Jr or Benzema was wide and the odds for Real started to mount. Following one of Real’s first counters of the match, Casemiro nicked Simon’s gloves after taking care of the chance created by Oihan Sancet at the other end.

Real took the lead before half-time after a mazy run from Rodrygo created just enough space for midfield maestro Luka Modric to score from the top of the penalty area.

Simon never had a chance on Modric’s shot as he put Real ahead and it was a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Marcelino made a substitution for Atletic at half-time, opting to bring in Nico Williams to replace Alex Berenguer in a bid to pick up the pace, but Real Madrid would find another goal thanks to a bit of luck. Benzema’s shot was blocked in the box by Yeray but he was given a VAR review to make a decision on a possible handball.

The penalty was awarded and Marcelino also received a yellow card on the sidelines for something he said in protest against the decision given. Once he stepped up, Benzema converted a cold finish from the spot to double Real’s lead in the 52nd minute.

Facing him, Athletic Club make a triple change and hope that Real Madrid will not put this game out of sight following the penalty. Real, however, switched to cruise control and played the rest of the game at a walking pace. Athletic created a few chances when Real eased off but Los Blancos fended them off with relative ease.

Marcelo was introduced late in the game to take part in his 23rd trophy for Real Madrid. Athletic then appealed for their own handball as Eder Militao denied a goalscoring opportunity by conceding Raul Garcia’s penalty. After a brief review, Militao was sent off but Athletic would still not get a consolation goal.

It may have taken Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois a while to be called into action, but he was ready for his moment as he saved Garcia’s penalty.

Courtois needed a bit of improvisation as the penalty fell down the middle but was able to adjust his feet to save it and keep Real Madrid’s 2-0 lead intact as they were beleaguered by Athletic for close the game.

Ninth in La Liga, Athletic would love a trophy this season but facing Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey on Thursday will be a tough test. For Real, they will travel to Elche as the La Liga winners look to secure a domestic treble by capturing La Liga, Super Cup and Copa Del Rey.

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