Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema made history on Wednesday as Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to win the European Super Cup.
The Frenchman scored his team’s second goal of the match, bringing his career total for goals scored for Real Madrid to 324. This moved him over Raul Gonzalez to become the club’s second all-time leading scorer, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.
As he had promised before the game, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti started with the same 11 players that defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris back in May, while Eintracht entered the game coming off a 6-1 loss to Bayern Munich at the weekend and without their top player Filip Kostic, who is close to joining Juventus.
Madrid had most of the early ball, but the first big save of the match was made by their keeper, Thibaut Courtois, who continued his form of last season to deny Daichi Kamada after the forward had been set into space.
Madrid responded quickly with Vinicius Jr’s effort cleared off the line by Tuta after he had beaten Kevin Trapp, who then did well to tip Karim Benzema’s shot wide for a corner in the 37th minute, reports Xinhua.
The Eintracht keeper will have been frustrated when David Alaba tapped home from the resulting corner after headers from Benzema and Casemiro had left the Eintracht defense all at sea.
Before going into halftime, Madrid tried to extend their lead but were unsuccessful; Benzema missed the target after being let through, while Casemiro saw his shot blocked by Trapp.
Trapp was in action again early in the second half when Vinicius’ strike deflected off Benzema, but Eintracht were seeing more of the ball, with Jesper Lindstrom looking lively before being brought off in the 57th minute in a double substitution that saw Mario Gotze and Randal Kolo Muani come on.
Casemiro’s shot from approximately 20 yards out shook the Eintracht crossbar shortly after the substitution, and despite Eintracht’s possession, Carlo Ancelotti’s men appeared confident and dangerous on the break.
Benzema scored in the 65th minute after receiving a feed from Vinicius, which he side-footed past Trapp. After that, there was no way back for an eager but ultimately impotent Eintracht.