Goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid win the Spanish Super Cup for the 12th time.
Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao during the match held at King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia means that the club are just one win away from rivals Barcelona’s record tally of 13 Super Cup titles.
According to the BBC, Modric curled in a brilliant strike to give Real a first-half lead while Benzema made it 2-0 with a penalty after the video assistant referee awarded a spot-kick for handball. The striker’s shot had hit Yeray Alvarez, whose arms were raised as he made the block.
Real were also penalised for a handball late on as Eder Militao was sent off for blocking a shot and Bilbao were awarded a penalty. However, keeper Thibaut Courtois produced a superb save to keep out Raul Garcia with his leg to ensure there was no late comeback for holders Athletic, BBC further reported.