The European champions start their season in style as a Cristiano Ronaldo brace made sure los Blancos win their first trophy of the season
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Carlo Ancelotti’s men got their hands on UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff city after a brace form the Portuguese captain sealed their victory against Sevilla. New Signings James Rodriguez and Tony Kroos made their debut as Angel Dimaria was benched; Keylor Navas though has to wait longer for his first cap with the Los Blancos.
There were long speculations about big signings Kroos and Rodriguez, but they both made steady debuts with Kroos showing why he is one of the best midfielders in business given his passing range while James too could have had his name on the score sheet if it was not for Beto’s save late in the game.
Real had the grasp over the game from the very beginning with Sevilla relying too much on the breaks. Ronaldo went very close of drawing the first blood in the 13th minute, when he unleashed a powerful free-kick, but was denied by the horizontal framework. Homeboy Gareth Bale also saw his effort from a Rodriguez cross deflected by Sevilla man Denis Suarez.
Sevilla defense finally broke down on the half hour mark, when Bale whipped a wonderful cross from the left flank towards the second bar only for Cristiano Ronaldo to make a comfortable slide with the ball to put it into the net.
Meanwhile Iker Casillas, mostly serving as a spectator between the sticks for Madrid, made no mistake to deny Vidal and Carrico once each.
Real Madrid held on to their slender lead for the rest of the half but right after half time, the current Ballon d’Or holder made full use of a through ball by Benzema. He pulled off a powerful left footer from just inside the box and his Portuguese team mate Beto had little chance to parry away the danger as the ball saw the back of the net when the match was 49 minutes old.
2-0 down, Emery had everything to think about, but it seemed his team lacked plan B. Real Madrid’s high-profile forward line continued to create pressure. Their best chance came when Rodriguez, who took an aerial ball from Benzema and blistered a powerful half volley,was denied by Beto 70 minutes on the clock, right before he was taken off to provide Isco some playing time.
Sevilla had a couple of late opportunities but Krychowiak’s shot was saved by Casillas and Diogo Figueiras shot wide of the destination.
Final moments of the match saw Bale almost giving his home-fans a goal to cheer about but again the opponent custodian was the one to make sure the score line stayed 2-0.
Real Madrid deservedly won their first silverware of the season, with James and Kroos trying to make their worth proven, Cristiano Ronaldo once again stole the headlines. But questions prevailed as Di Maria was denied any minute on the field whereas Ancelotti now loading three more trophies in Santiago Bernabeu trophy cabinet since his arrival will still have a lot of wrinkles on his forehead to smooth.
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Casillas:Was not tested much but made the required saves to keep a clean sheet (3 novas)
Pepe: Was tested few times by Bacca but was able to keep him and his colleagues from getting a goal(3 novas)
Ramos: Effective both in attack and in defense, remained rock solid in the deep defense(3 novas)
Carvajal: Wasn’t really tested, kept contact with Bale in the right flank to keep the right side moving and active (3 novas)
Coentrao: Stable in the backward but menacing down the left side , delivered a couple of good crosses (3 novas)
Modric: Was dependable as always also tried his luck on couple of occasions (3 novas)
Kroos: A reliable man with a reliable debut, displayed his passing abilities but got booked unnecessarily (3 novas)
James: A smooth debut including a brilliantly struck half volley saved by Beto, also had a few good crosses from left. But his goal getting abilities in white shirt is still to be checked (2.5 novas)
Bale: An assist to his name , He was a constant threat on the right side as Navarro had hard time coping with him , could have had a goal or two to his name too (3.5 novas)
Ronaldo: A opportunist slide in and a powerful left footer saw the Portuguese be the highlight of the match, could have had a hat trick only if the crossbar was two inch higher (4 novas)
Benzema: Was threatening during the whole match, provided an assist and also some very promising balls wasting a few balls though (3 novas)
Beto: Made all effort to restrict the score line to only 2-0, was busy many times during the match but held his nerves almost for the whole of the match (3.5 novas)
Fazio: Made a useful clearance, was more or less reliable (3 novas)
Navarro: Bale was able outrun him on some occasions, had his share of blame for the first goal (2 novas)
Coke: Was reliable against a newcomer James, though was unable to keep a clean sheet (2.5 novas)
Pareja: Was able to keep Benzema and James under control, however allowed Ronaldo space to shoot (2.5 novas)
Carrico: Tried a shot at the goal, kept his presence as CDM felt, but provided Ronaldo a freekick he almost converted (2.5 novas)
Suarez: Trying to fill thye void of Rakitic this youngster had his moments, was a bit nervy with the possession though (3 novas)
Krychowiak: Helped in the defense as well as imposing some danger in the opponent penalty area , he was the heart and brain of Sevilla midfield (3 novas)
Vitolo: Had a lot of running to do in the field, was booked for a scrappy foul (2.5 novas)
Vidal: This new signing paired up with Bacca to cause danger once in a while ,was denied once by Casillas (2.5 novas)
Bacca: Tried hard to make room in Madrid defense for a occasion or two but was blocked eventually , his pace was a matter of concern altogether (3 novas)