Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup after overcoming Athletic Bilbao’s resistance in the final which took place at the King Fahd Stadium, Saudi Arabia, Monday (17/1) early morning WIB.
Colored by Eder Militao’s red card, Los Blancos won 2-0 through Luka Modric’s goal and Karim Benzema’s penalty.
The course of the match
Not too many opportunities occurred in the first 15 minutes because both teams still looked to be playing cautiously, Real Madrid’s first chance was obtained in the 18th minute through Karim Benzema, unfortunately his shot was still far from the target.
In the 26th minute it was Athletic Bilbao’s turn to have the opportunity to open the scoring through Oscar de Marcos, but the player looked less calm and his chances were denied by Ferland Mendy.
Madrid’s efforts to open the scoring bore fruit in the 38th minute, Luka Modric managed to break into Unai Simon’s goal after using Rodrygo’s ball. First half Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real Madrid.
In the second half, Real Madrid, who were already in the lead, did not slow down their attack, they also received a penalty. Karim Benzema, who became the successful executor, forced Unai Simon to pick up the ball again from the net. Bilbao 0-2 Real Madrid.
Behind 2-0 made Bilbao try to reduce the gap, they occasionally threatened through Nico Williams, but the attacks that were trying to build could always be broken by the Real Madrid players.
In the 88th minute, Madrid had to play with 10 men after Eder Militao got a red card, the Brazilian player committed a hard foul, Bilbao was awarded a penalty, but Raul Garcia failed to carry out his duties perfectly.
No additional goals were created to make the match ended with the score 2-0 for Real Madrid’s victory, this was the 12th Spanish Super Cup title for the club based at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Player Rating – Real Madrid
Goalkeepers and Defensive
Thibaut Courtois (7/10): appeared solid in goal and made several important saves.
Lucas Vazquez (6.5/10): occupying the position of right-back replacing Carvajal who was exposed to COVID-19, his performance was quite good.
David Alaba (7/10): is still the main choice in the heart of defense and has succeeded in breaking several attacks that Bilbao is trying to build.
Eder Militao (5/10): still a partner of Alaba’s duet at the back and performed quite well, unfortunately he got a red card two minutes before the game ended.
Ferland Mendy (6.5/10): still trusted to occupy the left-back position, several times actively helping to build attacks and appear solid at the back.
Luka Modric (8.5/10): still a mainstay in midfield and opened the scoring in the 38th minute.
Casemiro (7.5/10): also became an important figure in the Real Madrid midfield.
Toni Kroos (7.5/10): as usual, Kroos also appeared solid, the German midfielder also helped his team several times to create goal opportunities.
Forward and Subs
Rodrygo (7.5 / 10): an assist which was successfully converted into a goal by Luka Modric.
Karim Benzema (7,5/10): several times threatened Unai Simon’s goal and widened Madrid’s advantage in the 52nd minute through the white point.
Vinicius Jr (6.5/10): his movement was quite troublesome for the Bilbao defense, but failed to register his name on the scoreboard.
Faith Valverde (6.5 / 10): came on for Rodrygo in the 64th minute, his performances tend to be standard.
Marcelo (N/A): came on in the 86th minute replacing Vinicius Jr.
Nacho Fernandez (N/A): came on in the 90th minute for Lucas Vazquez.