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Real beat Bilbao to clinch 12th Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid secured a 12th Spanish Super Cup title after defeating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in Sunday’s final played in Saudi Arabia.

Goals from veterans Luka Modric and Karim Benzema sealed the win for Carlo Ancelotti’s side – who are also flying high in LaLiga.

Modric curled in a brilliant strike to give Real a first-half lead at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium.

Benzema then 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, in-form goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois produced a superb save to keep out Raul Garcia with his leg to ensure there was no late comeback for Athletic, who won the trophy last year.

Sunday’s win means Real move to within one of rivals Barcelona’s record tally of 13 Super Cup titles.

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