Real Madrid lift Super Cup with 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao

The Real Madrid squad celebrates after the game against Athletic Bilbao at King Abdullah Sports City on January 16, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup by beating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday as Luka Modric, and a Karim Benzema penalty secured a comfortable victory in Saudi Arabia.

Modric's curling finish towards the end of the first half and Benzema's strike early in the second sealed the win for Madrid, who claimed their first trophy in Carlo Ancelotti's second spell as coach.

Athletic had beaten La Liga champions Atletico Madrid to reach the final but were well beaten this time at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by a slick, organized Real Madrid side that has now lost only once in 20 matches.

They had brief hope in the 87th minute when they were awarded a penalty and Eder Militao was sent off, but Raul Garcia missed the shot, and Madrid's win was safe.

Ancelotti's side face Elche on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey and Paris Saint-Germain next month in the last 16 of the Champions League. 

In La Liga, they are five points clear at the top of the table.

It's an impulse, an impulse to keep going, said Ancelotti. We don't have much time to think because another competition is coming.

Modric continued his brilliant form by scoring the opener, a goal that makes him the oldest goalscorer in Spanish Super Cup history at 36.

Carlos Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos of Real Madrid celebrate after the game against Athletic Bilbao at King Abdullah Sports City on January 16, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Marcelo came on for the last few minutes before lifting his 23rd trophy at Real Madrid, equaling the haul of Paco Gento as the most successful player in the club's history.

He's one of the greats, a legend of this club, said Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Ancelotti now has five trophies as Real Madrid coach, adding a Spanish Super Cup to the Copa del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup he won during his first spell.

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