Real Madrid Zidane Continue to Collect Trophies

Madrid — Real Madrid defended their UEFA Super

Cup title with a 2-1 victory over 2016-17 Europa League winners

Manchester United at the Phillip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, the

Spanish Marca newspaper said.

It marks the fourth time that Los Blancos have claimed the

UEFA Super Cup and the third since 2014.

A first half goal from Casemiro and a second half strike from

Isco proved enough to earn Real Madrid yet another piece of hardware

to be displayed in the Santiago Bernabeu trophy cabinet.

Manager Zinedine Zidane fielded the exact same starting XI that

was on the pitch last spring for the Champions League final against

Juventus, with the lone exception being Gareth Bale in for Cristiano

Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar, recently back from vacation, was

named to the bench.

There were of course many familiar names in Manchester United

boss Jose Mourinho’s starting XI, including Spain internationals David

De Gea in goal and midfielder Ander Herrera.

It all started with Zinedine Zidane’s volley against Bayer

Leverkusen way back in 2002, so it’s fitting that Real Madrid’s

supremacy in major finals has continued under the Frenchman as the

LaLiga giants’ coach.

The old saying goes that finals are not to be played by Los

Blancos, they are to be won, and since that night at Hampden Park the

capital club have won every international final they’ve played.

That adds up to four Champions Leagues, four UEFA Super

Cups and three Club World Cups.

In the aftermath of Zidane’s magnificent strike that began this

run, Real beat Feyenoord in the Super Cup in Monaco by a 3-1

scoreline before an Intercontinental Cup triumph over Olympia in

Japan.

Fast forward to 2014 and Sergio Ramos’ last gasp header

prevented an Atletico Madrid win in the Champions League final, a

game eventually won by Los Merengues ahead of victories over Sevilla

and San Lorenzo in the subsequent winners’ competitions.

With Zidane at the helm, Real again surpassed Atleti in Milan,

this time on penalties, in 2016 ahead of a Super Cup rematch with

Sevilla and a further trip to Japan for the Club World Cup, beating

Kashima Antlers in the final.

And after the impressive dispatching of Juventus in Cardiff to

defend their Champions League crown, Madrid have added another

Super Cup title to their tally by overcoming Manchester United in

Skopje last night.

Further glory is on the horizon, too, as Los Blancos travel to the

United Arab Emirates UAE in December for their latest Club World Cup

tilt, facing the likes of Pachuca and Auckland City for the honour of

calling themselves the globe’s top club side once again, the Marca

reported.

Source: Oman News Agency

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