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Zidane beats Mourinho, and Real Madrid keep European Supercup

Ⓒ AFP – Dimitar DILKOFF – | Real Madrid midfielder Isco exults after scoring Real Madrid’s second goal against Manchester U. at the European Supercup on 8 August 2017 in Skopje

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid became the first club to win the European Supercup twice in the late 1980s, easily dominating Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United (2-1) in the 2017 edition on Tuesday In Skopje.

The Spanish club, double of the Champions League (2016 and 2017), is definitely walking in the footsteps of the great AC Milan, who was the last club to achieve the double in C1 (1989 and 1990) and Supercup in the same years.

The Real (winner of the 2016 edition against Sevilla, 3-2 ap) won his fourth European Supercup, approaching the record of five co-owned by Barça and the same Milan.

Manchester United remains on his side with a single success in the event (in 1991), which his coach Jose Mourinho has still not won.

“At the moment we do not compare our potential to the biggest clubs in Europe, so we will go step by step and remain humble,” warned the Portuguese technician. The sentence a posteriori revealed more just than provocative.

For the Madrid players had a great deal of control, while the Mancunians adopted a cautious tactic, playing low, especially in the first period. In any case without being able to express himself, despite the efforts of Pogba to animate the midfield.

– Goals of Casemiro and Isco –

Sympathically, Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, opened hostilities: he first found his header on a Kroos corner (16th) and then too much kicked off (18th). But it was especially he who deflowered the score by resuming, at the limit of the offside or even being a bit, a bell to Carvajal (24th).

In the Champions League final at Juventus in Turin in early June (4-1), the Brazilian had already allowed Real to take the lead by scoring the 2-1 goal.

Mourinho pulled out another little phrase in the style of provocation, showing interest in Bale. It is not known if the latter will be pushed towards the exit (to make room for Mbappé?), But it has in any case shown decisive.

In a one-two, the Welsh winger offered Isco a decisive pass, doubling the lead (52nd), before sending a missile to the bar (61st). He then gave up his place for the last quarter of an hour.

Madrid’s dominance was only hampered by De Gea’s parry: the Mancunian goalkeeper pushed Benzema’s low-kick (43), Kroos’s flop (48th) or Asensio ( 90 + 2).

A sign that the Spanish club mastered his subject, Zinédine Zidane allowed himself to bring Cristiano Ronaldo only late in the game, replacing Benzema (83rd). It should be said that the quadruple Ballon d’Or had resumed training only Saturday, back from extended holidays after the Confederations Cup.

The attacker did not have time to illustrate; Just to send a free kick wide above the cross (90 + 7).

– Lukaku reduced the score –

On the MU side, Lukaku, center-forward recruited for 85 million euros from Everton, took the lead twice: on a Pogba head rejected by Navas, he first unscrewed (54th), then came To reduce the score on a similar action generated by a strike from Matic, another Mancunian rookie (62nd).

But the English team, despite a reaction of pride around the hour of play, did not really seem able to disturb the machine Madrid, except a face-to-face with Navas lost by Rashford (81st).

Real Madrid reassured themselves after a dreary pre-season and before defending FC Barcelona on Sunday for the first leg of the Spanish Supercup.

The Red Devils, they will start their championship Sunday against West Ham.

The European Supercup, meanwhile, will continue its continental journey next year since after Prague, Cardiff, Tbilisi, Trondheim and Skopje on Tuesday, it will compete in 2018 in Tallinn.

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