Cristiano Ronaldo still the boss as Madrid win Super Cup

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 13, 2014, 03:35 AM IST

Cardiff (United Kingdom): Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged new team-mates Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez and homecoming hero Gareth Bale as Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 in Cardiff on Tuesday to win the UEFA Super Cup.

World Cup stars Kroos and Rodriguez were making their Madrid debuts, while Bale was returning to his hometown, but it was Ronaldo, characteristically, who hogged the spotlight with a brace in the Welsh capital.

The Portugal captain claimed a 30th-minute opener from Bale`s cross and then slammed home a second goal shortly after half-time to earn the European champions what could be the first of six trophies this season.

While 80-million-euro ($108 million) new recruit Rodriguez had a modest debut, Madrid`s new-look attack -- which cost roughly 310 million euros to assemble -- showed ominous flashes of quality.

Victory gave Madrid only their second Super Cup, after a maiden triumph in 2002, and enabled Carlo Ancelotti`s side to avenge a costly 2-1 loss at the hands of Europa League winners Sevilla in La Liga last season.

Cardiff (United Kingdom): Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged new team-mates Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez and homecoming hero Gareth Bale as Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 in Cardiff on Tuesday to win the UEFA Super Cup.

World Cup stars Kroos and Rodriguez were making their Madrid debuts, while Bale was returning to his hometown, but it was Ronaldo, characteristically, who hogged the spotlight with a brace in the Welsh capital.

The Portugal captain claimed a 30th-minute opener from Bale`s cross and then slammed home a second goal shortly after half-time to earn the European champions what could be the first of six trophies this season.

While 80-million-euro ($108 million) new recruit Rodriguez had a modest debut, Madrid`s new-look attack -- which cost roughly 310 million euros to assemble -- showed ominous flashes of quality.

Victory gave Madrid only their second Super Cup, after a maiden triumph in 2002, and enabled Carlo Ancelotti`s side to avenge a costly 2-1 loss at the hands of Europa League winners Sevilla in La Liga last season.

The Cardiff-born Welshman took a touch before sending a fine, searching cross towards the back post, where Ronaldo powered in to volley home.

Moments later, a shanked clearance from Rodriguez meant that Casillas had to save from Daniel Carrico, but Madrid were good value for their half-time lead.

Ronaldo doubled his side`s lead, and his personal tally, four minutes into the second period, gathering a pass from Karim Benzema and walloping a left-foot shot past international colleague Beto.

Beto prevented Madrid from extending their lead by clawing away a shot from Benzema and then brilliantly blocking a crisp strike by Colombia star Rodriguez, who made way for Isco with 18 minutes to play.

Beto also produced a late flying save to thwart Bale, who was unable to crown his return to Cardiff with a goal, but who has now won three titles in his first 12 months at Madrid.