Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show as a dominant Real Madrid claimed a 2-0 UEFA Super Cup victory over Sevilla on Tuesday.
Gareth Bale – playing in his hometown of Cardiff – and new signing James Rodriguez had been the poster boys in the build-up to this fixture, but Ronaldo made sure he claimed the headlines with two goals in the Welsh capital.
Champions League winners Real were in control throughout against the Europa League victors, but had to wait until the half-hour mark to open the scoring.
Bale found Ronaldo with a wonderful cross from the left, teeing up the Portuguese for a relatively simple sliding finish.
Ronaldo made sure of Real’s second Super Cup triumph four minutes after the interval with a powerful left-footed strike.
The match-winner’s performance saw him take his tally of goals against Sevilla to 18 since his arrival in Madrid in 2009.
Rodriguez and fellow new arrival Toni Kroos made their competitive debuts in an attacking Real XI and Sevilla – without Alberto Moreno amid reports the full-back is set to join Liverpool – had to withstand considerable pressure in the opening stages.
Ronaldo saw a free-kick deflected onto the roof of the net 13 minutes in, while Real’s menacing forward line almost delivered the goods five minutes later.