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Watch: David Alaba Scores | Real Madrid 1-0 Frankfurt

Here come the players. The captains, Karim Benzema and Sebastian Rode, are each carrying the trophies they won last season. In a couple of hours, one of them will be holding the Super Cup an’ all.

I was at the UCLA campus recently in the Los Angeles when lo and behold the Real Madrid team turned up in golf cards to be ferried to some practice sessions,” says Liverpool fan Ian Copestake. “It completely spoiled my morning.

Why are we hoping VAR doesn’t descend into a farce?” says Espen B. “I detest VAR in general, but I can’t deny that horrible VAR decisions are funny as long as you have no emotional connection to the teams involved. If this automated offside thingy goes completely haywire, and there’s plenty of potential, you can’t deny it will add to the entertainment value of a game that, quite frankly, is hard to get excited about.

What if Roma were invited, to make it some kind of Super Duper Cup? Let Madrid’s starting XI face a 15-man squad cobbled together from the best of Frankfurt and Roma. And let Glasner and Mou duke it out to see who gets to manage this abomination. Even though Glasner is 11 years younger, I think Jose fights dirty, so my money would be on the Portuguese. And you wonder why Uefa hasn’t signed me up as a consultant. Honestly!”

Carlo Ancelotti, the old romantic, picks the same Real Madrid XI that beat Liverpool in the Champions League final. Oliver Glasner makes one enforced change to the Eintracht Frankfurt side that won the Europa League final – Christopher Lenz replaces the brilliant Filip Kostic, who is off to Juventus, at left wing-back.

David Alaba gives Real the lead from the corner! Kross curled it towards the penalty spot, when Benzema won the ball in the air and looped it back towards Casemiro near the byline at the front post. He headed it back across goal and Alaba nodded it into the net from a few yards.

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