UCL defending champions, Real Madrid, simply had no major difficulties in clinching UEFA Super Cup, while PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers will be squaring off in UCL Playoffs.
Los Blancos were practically unchallenged while meeting Eintracht Frankfurt in UEFA Super Cup in the midweek in Helsinki, Finland. Carlo Ancelotti’s side won 2-0 over the Europa League champions through the goals from Austrian international David Alaba dan their prolific goal scorer, the one and only Karim Benzema. Sebastian Rode and Co barely had any decent chances but one at the early second half whereas Real Madrid created many more. Vinicius had at least two dangerous shots. One was a few inches wide on the far side of the post and another was denied by Kevin Trapp. It is a perfect wrap-up for their ‘pre-season’ before starting their new domestic campaign this weekend. On the other hand, Frankfurt might have to find a proper replacement for Filip Kostic, the key man on the left flank. He has been linked to a move to Italian Serie A before the end of summer transfer window this month.
Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0
Goals: David Alaba (37, Karim Benzema (65)
Real Madrid: Thibault Cortois – David Alaba, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Dani Carvajal (Antonio Rudiger 85) – Luka Modric (Rodrygo 67), Toni Kroos (Aurelien Tchouameni 85), Casemiro – Federico Valverde (Edouard Camavinga 76), Vinicius Jr (Dani Ceballos 85), Karim Benzema
Frankfurt: Kevin Trapp – Evan Ndicka (Christopher Lenz 100), Makoto Hasebe (Tuta 58), Toure - Sebastian Rode (Kristian Jakic 90), Djibril Sow (Ajdin Hrustic 106), Filip Kostic, Ansgar Knauff – Jesper Lindstorm (Jens Petter Hauge 71), Daichi Kamada, Rafael Borre
Meanwhile, Champions League 2022/23 has just completed its third qualifying round. PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers made a narrow escape after a dramatic turnover in the previous games. The former turned the table in a thrilling encounter versus Monaco. Ruud Van Nilsterooy’s men picked up a 3-2 win eventually after extra time at their home turf. They opened the scoring early as Joey Veermann found the back of the net. Yet, Guillermo Maripan’s header and Wissam Ben Yedder’s shot put the visitors ahead. The host finally equalised as Erick Gutierrez headed home leading to an extra time. The winning goal was finally scored by the experienced Luuk de Jong, who made several crucial late goals in Barcelona last season.
Their next opponent, Glasgow Rangers also strived to bounce back from their 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture against Belgian side, Union Saint Gilloise. James Tavarnier and Co finally managed to trash the visitors 3-0. The skipper Tavanier himself bagged an opener through a penalty. At the second half, their two German youngster, Antoni Colak and Mark Tillman netted the decisive goals to send them to the playoff round. Giovanni Van Bronckhost’s men will be facing off the giant from his homeland, PSV, which will be held next week on August 16 for the first leg. The second one is staged on the following week. Here are the complete list of games in the UCL playoff rounds:
- Glasgow Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven.
- Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica
- FC Copenhagen vs Trabzonspor
- Maccabi Haifa vs Red Star Belgrade
- Qarabag vs Viktoria Plzen
- Bodo Glimt vs Dinamo Zagreb