Real Madrid eased their way into the Supercopa de Espana final with a convincing 2-0 win over Valencia at the
Los Blancos’ domination in the early periods finally paid dividends in the most spectacular fashion, as Toni Kross caught
Valencia failed to pose an meaningful threat of their own and found themselves two goals down five minutes from half time when Isco pounced quickest in the box to turn home after Luka Modric’s effort was parried by Domenech.
The second half carried on in much the same manner, with Valencia miles off the pace and Madrid coasting through the match. The only surprise was that it took until 25 minutes from the end for Los Blancos to extend their lead, this time Modric turning on the style with a beautiful curling effort with the outside of his right foot.
Starting XI: Domenech (4); Wass (4), Garay (4), Gabriel (4), Gaya (3); Kondogbia (5), Torres (4), Coquelin (4), Parejo (5), Soler (4); Gameiro (3).
Substitutes: Cheryshev (4), Gomez (3), Sobrino (N/A).
Key Talking Point
Coming into the clash it was Madrid who were the outstanding favourites, but few could have expected them to secure a final spot with such consummate ease. Setting the tone from the outset, Zinedine Zidane’s side made Valencia look like a
They simply coasted through the match without breaking a sweat as the midfield trio of Kroos, Casemiro and Federico Valverde controlled the ball throughout, allowing Modric and Isco to weave their magic further up the pitch.
Watching the match back, Zidane’s only complaint will have been that his side didn’t score more. When your centre backs are bombing forward with every attack as they too want to get their names on the scoresheet, it speaks volumes.
This level of performance is what Madrid must sustain for the rest of the season. La Liga is still in their sights – as is the Supercopa after this – while Manchester City await in the Champions League. On this form though, they’re favourites for all three.
Starting XI: Courtois (7); Carvajal (8), Varane (8), Ramos (7), Mendy (7); Kroos (9*), Casemiro (8), Valverde (8); Isco (8), Modric (8), Jovic (7).
Substitutes: Marcelo (7), Rodriguez (6), Mariano (N/A).
STAR PLAYER – If ever you see Real Madrid dominate a football match, more often than not it is down to the work of Toni Kroos.
The German was head and shoulders over the Valencia midfield, with not one player in white coming anywhere near him as he ran the show in Juddah.
Oh, and did I mention his goal? Catching everyone in the stadium and those watching at home off guard, he produced a sublime piece of skill to reward Madrid for their early dominance with a strike that will go down as one of his finest.
Kroos is the best midfielder in the world and it’s not even up for debate.
— Taha ???? (@DrTahha) January 8, 2020
I don’t care how open the net is — that’s just ridiculous from Kroos to turn on a dime and curl that in from that angle.
— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) January 8, 2020
Toni Kroos. That’s the tweet.
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) January 8, 2020
Valencia will get the weekend off following this defeat, but Madrid will await the winner of the other semi final between Barcelona and Atletico on Thursday before Saturday’s final.