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Benzema and Modric shines as Real Madrid wins Supercopa against Athletic Bilbao (Video)

Real Madrid won the first piece of silverware available in Spanish football this season, defeating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah to win the Supercopa de Espana for the 12th time. 

Real Madrid dominated proceedings from the start, with Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modri, the ever-experienced midfield trio, dominating possession and dictating play with class.

While Vincius Jnior, a Brazilian winger, has been the danger man for 'Los Blancos' this season, it was Rodrygo, another Brazilian, who was involved in everything moving forward for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

His dribble on the right wing caused havoc for the rival defense and resulted in the game's first goal.

Rodrygo surged forward on the right flank before drifting inside to lay the ball off to Modric, who was waiting on the outskirts of the area and made no mistake guiding the ball into the net.

The Croatian became the oldest goalscorer in Supercopa history with the goal, which was his first of the season for Madrid. 

Athletic's second half started badly, as they lost a second goal in the 52nd minute.

Karim Benzema's shot was blocked by Yeray Zlvarez, as Madrid prepared to take the resulting corner.

The VAR advised the referee to rewatch the block on the sidelines, and after a lengthy delay, Real was awarded a penalty for handball - a decision that enraged the Athletic players and manager, Marcelino.

Despite the protests, Benzema took the penalty and converted it to double his team's lead. 

Marcelino, enraged by the penalty ruling, adjusted his game plan totally and made a triple substitution as his team attempted to show greater determination going forward.

They pressed on, but were unable to generate any serious opportunities.

However, they were given a lifeline in the 87th minute when the referee awarded Athletic a penalty after another VAR review.

Éder Milito received a straight red card for denying a goal with his hand, then Raul Garcia stepped up to try to pull a goal back, but Thibaut Courtois' stunning leg save denied him.

The seasoned Madrid players saw out the final minutes, drawing on all of their previous experience to keep their two-goal lead and secure the trophy. 

Real Madrid's victory over Athletic Bilbao is their third head-to-head victory in less than two months, following their league double victory in December.

As they surge ahead in the league, Ancelotti will be hoping this is the first of many trophies to come this season.

Watch highlights of the match below.

https://twitter.com/realmadriden/status/1482850157083435016?s=21

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