Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt – Super Cup Final 2022/23
Real Madrid start the new season just how they ended the last, lifting a European trophy. Los Blancos beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in Helsinki on Wednesday night, taking their European Super Cup tally up to five – level with FC Barcelona.
Carlo Ancelotti fielded the same starting XI that defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final back in May, and the move paid off, as Los Blancos looked a class above their German rivals.
Karim Benzema became Real Madrid’s second all-time top scorer after netting in the second-half following David Alaba’s opener in Helsinki. The Frenchman now has 324 goals and is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (450).
Thibaut Courtois: 9/10
New season, same old Courtois. The Belgian put in a fantastic performance, making a number of brilliant saves to deny Frankfurt in the first-half. Simply the best.
Dani Carvajal: 7/10
Carvajal was tidy and composed on the ball and worked hard up and down his flank.
Eder Militao: 9/10
A lot of Madrid fans have been worried about Militao heading into the new season, and with the club signing Rüdiger many wanted the German to start. Tonight Militao showed exactly why he deserves to start for Real Madrid and it will be very difficult for Rüdiger to take his spot.
David Alaba: 9/10
Just like Militao, Alaba was as solid as ever at the back. The Austrian continued his great form from last season and even managed to score the opener.
Ferland Mendy: 6.5/10
Showed good glimpses at times but the Frenchman lost the ball in dangerous areas on the pitch. The shakiest of Real Madrid’s back four.
Luka Modric: 8/10
Casemiro assisted Alaba for the opener, hit the crossbar with a thunderbolt in the second-half, won 9/13 duels and made the most tackles (9). A very solid shift from the Brazilian.
Toni Kroos: 8.5/10
Toni Kroos looked very sharp tonight and was especially good in the first-half. The German controlled every part of the pitch and also defended very well.
Fede Valverde: 7.5/10
Fede put in a tireless shift on the right flank and will undoubtedly play a big role in the team this season.
Karim Benzema: 8/10
We’ve gotten used to Benzema stepping up on the big occasion. The Frenchman stepped up yet again tonight, scoring Real Madrid’s second goal which cements him as the second highest goalscorer in Real Madrid history.
Vinicius Jr: 8/10
A constant threat down the left flank. The Brazilian was a nightmare for Frankfurt’s defenders and was unlucky not to have his name on the scoresheet. Assisted Benzema for the second.
Rodrygo Goes: N/A – Came on to replace Modric.
Eduardo Camavinga: N/A – Came on to replace Valverde late on.
Dani Ceballos: N/A – Came on to replace Vinicius late on.
Aurélien Tchouaméni: N/A – Came on to replace Toni Kroos for his debut.
Antonio Rüdiger: N/A – Came on to replace Carvajal for his debut.