Real Madrid hold off late Manchester United charge to win UEFA super cup
August 9, 2017 10:11 am
Casemiro and Isco scored as Real Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 in the 2017 UEFA European Super Cup at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday.
UEFA Champions League holders Real went two up before Romelu Lukaku scored a tap-in for last season’s Europa League winners United to ensure a nervy finish.
Real were in front in the 24th minute when Casemiro finished after a fine cross from right-back Dani Carvajal. Brazilian holding midfielder Casemiro appeared to be offside, but the goal was given. It meant this unlikely goalscorer, usually known for his defensive nous, has now made a habit of finding the net on the big stage for Real
Real were firmly in control as United struggled to keep the ball and muster much of a threat going forward. The Red Devils’ most common ploy to try and break down Real’s defence was to launch long balls into the channels for Lukaku to use his strength and pace.
Lukaku’s efforts weren’t helped by a lack of support, as Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba struggled to get close enough to the Belgium international.
One of the reasons Real bossed possession was the movement and technique of Isco. The former Malaga ace constantly roamed midfield, seamlessly switching positions, always showing for the ball and exchanging quick passes with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
-Source – Bleacher Report