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Good evening and welcome to Nigerianeye's live commentary of the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Manchester United from Skopje, Macedonia.


Real Madrid, who retained the Champions League trophy last season, are the holders of this particular European trophy after beating Sevilla in the 2016 final.

Europa League holders Man United, meanwhile, landed the trophy in 1991, but lost in both the 1999 and 2008 finals to Lazio and Zenit St Petersburg respectively.

This match will mark the first competitive meeting between Real Madrid and Man United since the 2012-13 Champions League round of 16, although the two European giants met in a pre-season fixture just last month - Man United winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw in California.

Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute updates of the action.

OFFICIAL LINE UPS

REAL MADRID: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Isco, Benzema, Bale

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Darmian; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Lingard

















48 min Man United need to keep the ball better in this second period, and need to start feeding Lukaku in dangerous positions. Real Madrid are such an incredible team, however, and they have already threatened since the restart, with Bale threatening to meet a low cross from Marcelo.

46 min... MAN UNITED SUB! Rashford has replaced Lingard at the interval.

46 min RESTART! Real Madrid resume the action here...

The referee brings the first period to a close with Real Madrid leading 1-0 courtesy of a fine finish from Casemiro in the 24th minute. There is no question that the Spanish champions deserve to lead at this stage of the match, although Casemiro's goal was offside! Much to ponder for Jose Mourinho ahead of the second period, but this game is still very much alive.

45 min+2 HALF-TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Man United

45 min+1 We are into the first of two additional minutes at the end of the first period.

45 min SAVE! Navas has to keep out a header from Lukaku after the striker had met a cross from Pogba. Better from Man United, who had enjoyed a long spell of possession in the Real Madrid half.

43 min SAVE! De Gea is down to keep out a powerful strike from Benzema.

42 min BOOKING! Lingard (Man United) is booked for a late tackle on Isco.

41 min Little under five minutes of the first period remaining, and Real Madrid deservedly lead at this stage of the contest. Importantly for Man United, the score is only 1-0. I would be surprised if we had seen the last of the goals tonight, especially with the talent on both benches here.

38 min Herrera sends a long-range effort wide of the Real Madrid goal.

37 min Better from Man United as Pogba and Lukaku combine in the final third, but Real Madrid manage to clear their lines after a deflection favours the Spanish champions. Bale then breaks into the Man United box down the other end, but Darmian does very well to stop the Welshman in his tracks.

36 min Herrera takes the ball away from Kroos in a dangerous position, but Lukaku decides to make a movement towards it, and the flag is raised. Lukaku should have left that for Herrera!

34 min Herrera floats a free kick towards Matic, but the pass just has too much weight. Good idea from the Spaniard, but it was just too long. Still 1-0 Real Madrid with 34 minutes on the clock here.

33 min... Man United have a free kick in a decent area as Modric brings down Pogba.

32 min We are back underway here...

30 min Drinks break! We have entered the first hydration break of the match. The players need it. Man United need it. The Red Devils are being utterly dominated at the moment. Time to regroup here!

29 minAnywhere will do for Man United as Pogba is forced to clear into touch.

28 min Man United just cannot get the ball at the moment as Real Madrid dominate the possession. Los Blancos have been pretty underwhelming in pre-season, but they have really turned up tonight.

26 min Casemiro was indeed offside. The goal should not have stood, but Real Madrid lead here.

25 min Well, that was coming. Real Madrid make the breakthrough in the 24th minute as Casemiro places the ball past De Gea after meeting a brilliant pass from Carvajal. He did look offside though!

24 min GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Man United (Casemiro)

23 min All Real Madrid at the moment as the Champions League holders boss the possession. It seems only a matter of time before the Spanish champions make the breakthrough in this match.

22 min Isco misses the crossbar from distance after a spell of possession from Real Madrid.

21 min Real Madrid are having plenty of joy when they manage to feed Bale in one-on-one situations, with Lindelof struggling to deal with the Welshman's pace and power. The better chances have fallen to Los Blancos tonight, but Man United are still carrying a big threat down the other end of the field.

18 min Casemiro strikes over the crossbar from just outside the Man United box.

17 min Man United immediately break through Pogba, but the Frenchman ignores his teammates and has a shot, which is blocked. Poor from the Frenchman there, he had plenty of options!

16 min CROSSBAR! Casemiro hits the crossbar with a bullet header from a corner!

15 min A lovely ball from Matic releases Pogba in a wide position, but Varane is across to make the challenge. Lingard against Carvajal is an interesting battle down the Man United left, with both players winning a couple of battles thus far. Still a nice tempo to this match in Macedonia.

12 min Ramos wants a penalty after tangling with Smalling inside the Man United box, but the referee actually gives the free kick to the English giants. A lot of pulling going on there!

11 min Still goalless with 11 minutes on the clock, but it has been a very positive start to this match. Real Madrid were on the front foot in the early moments, but Man United have been better in the last few minutes. You do get the feeling that the first goal tonight - if there indeed is one - could be vital.

9 min Mkhitaryan goes down just outside the Real Madrid box under pressure from Ramos, but the referee is not interested. Moments before, there was a nice link-up between Pogba and Lukaku.

7 min Pogba shows wonderful feet in an advanced area before feeding Lingard, but the England international is squeezed out at the final moment. Real Madrid then break down the other end with Bale as this match continues to excite in the early moments. It has been an excellent start here.

5 min Casemiro is not best pleased with Pogba after being bundled to the ground by the Frenchman. In the Premier League that might have been allowed, but the referee's do not like it in Europe!

4 min Good pressure from Real Madrid in these early moments, with Bale causing some problems.

3 min CHANCE! Wonderful chance for Bale as the ball drops onto the Welshman's foot inside the Man United box, but his effort is just over. That was strange due to the spin on the high ball!

3 min Matic has to come across to clear ahead of Bale after some quick movement from the Welshman had caused problems inside the Man United box. Decent tempo to these early moments.

2 min... Man United in red tonight, Real Madrid in all black. It must be said that there is a wonderful atmosphere inside the stadium, while the pitch looks lost perfect. Lukaku has already caused Real Madrid some problems after jumping with Varane, but Navas managed to just do enough.

0 min KICKOFF! Man United get things underway tonight...



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