Madrid crush Barca to clinch Super Cup

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 17 Aug 2017, 12:30:32 | Updated : 17 Aug 2017, 13:20:55
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Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (5-1 agg): Spanish Super Cup success for Zidane's side

FE Online Desk
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu on Wednesday to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate.

The Spanish and European champions were dominant, even without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo.

Marco Asensio, who also scored in the 3-1 first-leg win, gave them an early lead with an excellent 25-yard strike, reports BBC.

And Karim Benzema flicked up Marcelo's cross and turned defender Samuel Umtiti to fire home a second with Barcelona rarely looking like coming back.

Real eased off in the second half, with the cup practically wrapped up, and Barca improved slightly as a result, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hitting the woodwork.

“We’re not in our best moment, not on the level of the team or the level of the club. It’s the first time we’ve felt Madrid are superior,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique told reporters.

Real, meanwhile, have started where they left off last season, by adding more silverware to their bursting trophy cabinet; according to Reuters.

They clinched the European Super Cup last week with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in Macedonia, adding to an already remarkable haul for coach Zinedine Zidane since he took over in Jan 2016.

“We have started the season well, there’s a long way to go,” said Zidane. “It will be very difficult but we are happy. The first half was spectacular."
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