Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt LIVE! Benzema goal - Uefa Super Cup match result and latest news

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UEFA Super Cup - LIVE!

Real Madrid and Eintract Frankfurt tonight meet in Finland for the traditional curtain-raiser for the new European season. As ever, it’s the Champions League winners taking on their Europa League counterparts, with the German side in the one-off game for the first time in their history.

It’s a different story for Madrid, who are vying for their fifth success to match the record number of wins held by both Barcelona and AC Milan. Antonio Rudiger and Aurélien Tchouameni could get some minutes off the bench, with Carlo Ancelotti taking a full squad to Helsinki.

Eintracht last season won the Europa League club against the odds and tonight is the same story, and their task has been made harder with the news that influential left-back Filip Kostic is closing in on a move to Juventus so is no longer in contention to play. Follow the game live with Standard Sport below!

Uefa Super Cup highlights

  • GOAL! Benzema fires home a second!

  • GOAL! Alaba breaks the deadlock!

  • OFF THE LINE! Tuta denies Vinicius Jr

  • Real Madrid XI

  • Eintracht Frankfurt XI

  • Score prediction

Full-time!

21:54 , Alex Young

That's it! It's a fifth Super Cup for Los Blancos.Alaba and Benzema (who else?) with the goals.

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90min: Three minutes added on.

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86min: Here comes Tchouameni and Rudiger, replacing Kroos and Carvajal for the final minutes.

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80min: Madrid looking pretty comfortable, as you can imagine. Frankfurt still huffing and puffing but not doing too much.

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75min: Camavinga is on for Madrid, replacing Valverde who has had a quiet night.

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70min: Change for Frankfurt as Alario replaces Toure.

21:30 , Alex Young

That was such a Benzema goal, very reminiscent of one he scored against Chelsea last season. Just hitting it really hard first time to wrong-foot the keeper.

It worked then, it worked tonight.

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GOAL!

21:26 , Alex Young

65min: That should be that!

Benzema doubles the lead in Finland, hitting Vinicius Jr’s cut back into the area first time, with the shot too powerful for Trapp to handle.

Off the bar!

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61min: He doesn’t score many but Casemiro was inches away tonight! His shot from 22 yards cracks the top of the crossbar.

Good effort.

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58min: First changes for Frankfurt as new signings Gotze and Kolo Muani replace Rode and Lindstrom.

Just over an hour gone.

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55min: Vinicius Jr denied!

Modric to Benzema on the edge of the area, how finds Mendy out wide to whip in a low cross which Vinicius controls and then swings a boot at, which the keeper does well to save.

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52min: Another half sight of goal for Frankfurt as Lindstrum makes headway down the right, tracked by Casemiro and just about gets past the Brazilian before punting a pass into the area which Militao clears.

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49min: It takes over three minutes before Frankfurt get their foot on the ball, and it’s not a bad one as Knaff looks for Borre, but Alaba shepherds the ball out of play.

21:07 , Alex Young

48min: Kicking off the second half how we started the first: a lot of passing between Madrid’s defence and midfield.

Second half

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We’re back under way. No changes.

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The likes of Rudiger and Hazard are warming up at the break. Will we see them soon?

One-way traffic

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It took a while to get going but Madrid end the half firmly on top after a couple scares.

Alaba's goal the difference.

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Half-time

20:48 , Alex Young

47min: Eintracht will be relieved to hear the whistle.

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45min: One minute added on.

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44min: Kroos lofts in a free kick which the Frankfurt players just watch as Benzema picks up the ball, turns towards goal and is then denied by the offside flag. Bizarre.

20:43 , Alex Young

41min: Almost a second!

Kroos fizzes the ball into Benzema’s path and everyone expects the net to bulge, but his outside-of-the-boot finish is wide.

GOAL!

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38min: There you go! Vinicius Jr forces a brilliant save with a fine shot and, from the following corner, Alaba taps into an empty net.

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36min: It’s hardly the most thrilling Super Cup final ever, but Frankfurt have come to really have a go and Real Madrid are growing in threat.

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32min: It’s getting a little bit more feisty in Finland. A few rougher challenges, more competitive let’s say. Lenz and Carvajal involved, of course.

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28min: Another collision between Lenz and Carvajal, and again the left-back comes off worse.

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25min: Two chances in quick succession for the Germans first Mendy cuts out Lindstrum’s dangerous cross into the area before Kamada is denied by Courtois on the angle.

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21min: Almost no action for 15 minutes and then we’re denied two almost nailed on goals in as many minutes.

The teams are woken up.

OFF THE LINE!

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18min: Incredible goal-line clearance from Tuta!

Vincius Jr looks certain to score after Benzema unselfishly plays in his team-mate inside the area. Trapp was beaten but Tuta, sliding in, wasn’t.

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16min: Frankfurt should be ahead!

Kamada is played in and has just Courtois to beat, but the goalkeeper does brilliantly to save low to his left.

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14min: First touch inside the Frankfurt area for Benzema, who collects a long ball forward on his thigh but with his back to goal. Mendy is there to support but Toure does well to mop up.

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12min: Borre has the first effort on goal, which is with power but straight at Courtois... and then the offside flag is up.

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10min: It’s not been an enthralling opening 10 minutes in Finland.

Lenz and Valverde are at it again, both jumping for the ball with the former coming off worse.

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7min: Valverde is seeing plenty of the ball down the right, which Lenz is doing well to deal with so far. Lenz, by the way, has big shoes to fill with Kostic off to Juventus.

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4min: Not too much happening at the moment. Very much ‘scoping each other out’ territory at the moment.

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2min: A tepid pace to the opening minutes as every player gets their foot on the ball.

Kick-off

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Here we go!

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The teams are in the tunnel. We are minutes away.

New tech

19:48 , Alex Young

Tonight will also see Uefa implement semi-automated offside technology (SAOT).

What's that, you are definitely asking right now? Well, SAOT uses special cameras that track 29 body points on players to "allow VAR teams to determine offside situations quickly and more accurately, enhancing the flow of the game and the consistency of the decisions."

It will also be used in the Champions League group stage onwards this season and then the World Cup in Qatar.

Almost time

19:40 , Alex Young

Final preparations in Finland with kick-off 20 minutes away.

Karim Benzema to score a couple, or more, tonight? You wouldn’t bet against it.

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Heading to Helsinki

19:28 , Alex Young

This marks the end of Real Madrid’s pre-season with the new La Liga season yet to begin. It’s Almeria first up for their league title defence on Sunday.

The Bundesliga, though, has kicked off a new campaign and it was a far from ideal start for Eintracht Frankfurt. They were thumped 6-1 by Bayern Munich last Friday.

‘This is the reward'

19:20 , Alex Young

Oliver Glasner guided Eintracht Frankfurt to the almost unthinkable last season.

"This is the reward for our incredible season, to face a Real Madrid side that have incredible quality and last season knocked out some of the best teams in Europe," he told reporters.

"What we proved in the Europa League last season is that there's always a chance and it's the same tomorrow. We're going to play with confidence because we know what we're capable of."

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Carlo chats

19:08 , Alex Young

Carlo Ancelotti has enjoyed quite the journey since returning to Real Madrid last summer.

He spoke to reporters yesterday about it.

"Was last season the most amazing of my career? Perhaps so, yes. I'd never coached a team to a league and Champions League double.

"It's down to the spirit, attitude, quality, enthusiasm of my players that we qualified to be here by winning the Champions League."

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The benches

18:52 , Alex Young

Real Madrid subs: Vallejo, Nacho, Hazard, Asensio, Lunin, Lucas, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Rodrygo, Rudiger, Mariano, Camavinga

Eintracht Frankfurt subs: Smolcic, Jakic, Muani, Alidou, Hasebe, Alario, Chandler, Hauge, Gotze, Grahl, Ramaj

Eintracht Frankfurt XI

18:48 , Alex Young

Here’s how the Europa League winners line up.

Helsinki party

18:31 , Alex Young

Fans have flocked to Finland for tonight’s game.

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 36,200, so a little smaller than what the La Liga giants are used to, but it is a sell out tonight.

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Same XI as UCl final

18:16 , Alex Young

So, as predicted, Real Madrid go with the same line-up which won them the Champions League, and the reason they face Eintracht tonight.

They have gone super early with their XI, so it might be a little while until we see how their opponents look.

Real Madrid XI

18:06 , Alex Young

Here’s how the Champions League holders line up.

Past meetings

17:57 , Alex Young

Just the one, but it was a cracker.

Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt met way back in 1960 in the fifth-ever European Cup final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

It was a 10-goal thriller which Madrid won 7-3 as Alfredo Di Stefano scored a hat-trick.

Here's UEFA president Ebbe Schwartz handing the European Cup to Jose Maria Zarraga, captain of Real Madrid, at full-time.

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Score prediction

17:41 , Alex Young

Madrid will fancy their chances against a team who finished 11th in Bundesliga last season and are fresh from a humiliating 6-1 home loss to Bayern Munich in the first game of the new campaign.

Carlo Ancelotti will use the game to get more minutes under his players’ belts with their La Liga opener four days later away at Almeria. Frankfurt can be forgiven for having one eye on a trip to Hertha three days later.

Madrid to win 3-0.

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Eintracht team news

17:26 , Alex Young

Frankfurt are without Aurelio Buta and Jerome Onguene but Hrvoje Smolcic, who was suspended for the Bundesliga opener, is available.

Filip Kostic is no longer available as he closes in on a move to Juventus.

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Real Madrid team news

17:13 , Alex Young

Real Madrid have taken a full squad to Helsinki, with Carlo Ancelotti without fitness issues for tonight’s game.

New signings Antonio Rudiger and Aurélien Tchouameni could get a run out but are not expected to necessarily start.

Predicted Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

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Where to watch

17:04 , Alex Young

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.

Welcome

17:00 , Alex Young

Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Uefa Super Cup between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Kick-off in Helsinki is at 8pm UK time. Stick with us.

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