Spanish and European champions Real Madrid has successfully defended their UEFA Super Cup title after a 2-1 win over Manchester United, thanks to goals from Casemiro and Isco.
Real dominated possession for much of the time despite the warm temperatures in the Philip II Arena in Macedonia, despite occasional skirmishes up front made by the Red Devils.
Casemiro — who earlier hit the woodwork for Real — opened the scoring through a half-volley after twenty minutes, while Isco calmly slotted in from eight yards after a neat one-two with Gareth Bale less than eight minutes after the break.
Manchester United managed a reply as summer signing Romelu Lukaku tapped in following Nemanja Matic’s effort, despite being second best and rarely threatening the Real defense.
The match, which was twice stopped for scheduled cooling breaks implemented by governing body UEFA, then continued with Real peppering the United side with attempts on goal.
As a large roar welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo was given the final few minutes, Los Blancos then finished the game in jubilation and become the first team to retain the Super Cup since 1990.
Manchester United will start their new Premier League season at home against West Ham United under more welcoming weather, and while Real would celebrate a deserved trophy they would keep an eye on the horizon — they will be facing arch-rivals Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Sunday in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in back-to-back El Clasico fixtures.