At the end, the beginning had set a mere conclusion. Cristiano Ronaldo’s thumping brace ensured Real Madrid beat Europa League winners Sevilla by 2-0 as the Galacticos cruised to their first title of the season by lifting the UEFA Super Cup at Cardiff. The Ballon D’Or winner scored in the 30th and 49th minute respectively as Carlo Ancelotti’s side had a mere stroll in the park in Welsh soil.

Madrid’s new recruits Tony Kroos and James Rodriguez both started in what seemed to be a fantasy starting eleven for the Bernabeu outfit. Ronaldo opened the scoring finishing off a superb Gareth Bale’s cross from the left flank, the former Tottenham winger who seems to be at his best.Kroos capped a fine debut too marshalling the midfield with great aplomb while James Rodriguez would have liked to step up his game a bit more ahead of the coming season.

Sami Khedira, Chelsea and Arsenal‘s target however had to be contended with a place on the bech while for Sevilla it was a meek surrender. The Andalusian club have lost Ivan Rakitic and now left back Alberto Moreno who is set to join Liverpool in the coming days.

Ronaldo Later dedicated his man of teh match to former manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, “I am happy because I scored these two goals and I want to thank Sir Alex for handing me the man of the match trophy. He helped me a lot when I was just 18 in Manchester and I want to say I respect him and thank him so much for everything he did in my career.”

Match Facts:

Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe , Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao  (Marcelo 84), Kroos , Rodriguez  (Isco 72 ), Modric (Illarramendi 86), Bale, Benzema , Ronaldo .

Subs not used: Navas, Varane, Arbeloa, Di Maria.

Goals: Ronaldo 30, 49.

Booked: Carvajal, Kroos.

Sevilla: Beto, Coke (Diogo Figueiras 84), Pareja , Fazio , Fernando Navarro , Alex Vidal  (Aspas 66), Krychowiak , Carrico , Vitolo , Suarez  (Reyes 78), Bacca  

Subs not used: Barbosa, Jairo, Iborra, Luismi.

Booked: Navarro, Vitolo.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

Attendance: 31,000

Ronaldo’s two goals at Cardiff took his total against Sevilla to 18 in four years

 

Courtesy: Daily Mail