Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post, another LIVE Commentary as UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid play against fellow Spanish side Sevilla, who won the UEFA Europa League last season. 

Here are the team line-ups for tonight's game: 

Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Kroos, Rodriguez, Modric, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Subs: Navas, Varane, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Di Maria, Isco, Illarramendi.

Sevilla: Beto, Coke, Pareja, Fazio, Fernando Navarro, Alex Vidal, Krychowiak, Carrico, Vitolo, Suarez, Bacca.

Subs: Barbosa, Diogo Figueiras, Reyes, Jairo, Iborra, Aspas, Luismi.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (from England)

19:45 - The referee Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle, as the UEFA Super Cup has begun!

1: It will be interesting to see how both teams fare tonight, Real Madrid have gone from strength to strength after completing big money-moves for James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos from AS Monaco and Bayern Munich respectively.

Star signing: James took the World Cup by storm, and earned a £60million dream move to Real
2:  Sevilla meanwhile will feel disappointed as they have lost some of their key players, Rakitic joined Barcelona earlier on in the summer, M'Bia is now a free agent and young full-back Alberto Moreno is set to join Liverpool after a reported transfer fee of £12million pounds was agreed earlier today, so he will not play any part tonight. 

3: This match is being played at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Wales, where Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale grew up as a child - so this match will mean a lot to him back in his home country today.

5: Liga BBVA season begins in a few weeks, so this match will be a good test for both teams tonight, both with their separate goals for the campaign ahead.

15: It's been all Real Madrid so far in this match, but it's nothing more than you would expect in fairness. if Sevilla get the ball and go on the counter attack, they could expose the defence which does look shaky at times to be honest.

16: Clattenburg halts play as Sevilla get forward and Carvajal commits a foul, an inswinging free-kick to be taken from 40 yards out.

17: Good block by Sevilla's loanee signing Denis Suarez (Barcelona youth talent) to clear the danger away after a great lofted through ball pass by Rodriguez is fed into the path of Bale; he shifts his body quickly and connects with the ball but he is denied by the tracking run from the Spaniard.

18: Real keep hold of possession, trying to get forward with pace.

20: Sevilla corner, after Casillas does well to parry away a half-chance strike by Vitolo from the near post. 

23: Sevilla defending very well at the moment, but not getting forward quickly enough as of yet. They are pressing though, which forces Real into passing the ball into space.

26: GOOD SAVE! Cristiano Ronaldo almost makes it 1-0 to Real, but for a good low stop from Beto who gets down quickly and parries away Ronaldo's effort in a crucial one-on-one duel. 

30: GOAL! Real Madrid ahead! A great counter attacking move, finished off by Ronaldo after a superb cross by Gareth Bale.

Sliding in at the far post: Ronaldo broke the deadlock after a super cross from Bale
1-0 up: Ronaldo celebrates his finish with his team-mates, as Real go a goal ahead
31: A quick switch of the play, Ronaldo sprints past his marker and Bale spots him with a 40-yard cross across goal for him to slide and slot past Beto, as Sevilla are caught on the break.

33: Good save by Casillas who reacts quickly to deny Carrico after a poor clearance from Rodriguez, Ramos and Pepe struggle to deal with it and the defender has a one-on-one that he should really be scoring in truth. 

34: Carrico has his head in his hands, because he knows that he should have scored there. 

38: Real get forward again, but Sevilla stay strong at the back and force an early cross from Rodriguez; he hits a cross into the box and Beto comes forward to collect in his hands and clear. 

41: First yellow card of the game is given to Sevilla's Vitolo - after he lunges forward at Ronaldo and accidentally catches his foot. Ronaldo goes down, clutching his foot and wins a free-kick.

42: Kroos with the delivery into the box, Bacca inadvertently heads the ball backwards and it almost falls to the path of Rodriguez who chases the ball and lets it go out for a corner-kick.

43: The corner comes of nothing as Ramos lifts his hands and the ball bounces off him - Clattenburg spots this and blows his whistle for a foul.  

45: The fourth official signals for just one minute of stoppage time to be added on, after Carvajal is booked for a late sliding challenge on the flank.

45+1: HALF-TIME: 

Real Madrid 1 Sevilla 0 - 

Real lead their Spanish counterparts at half-time, and it's deserved as they have dominated chances and possession. Sevilla need to trouble the Madrid defence more if they want to score sooner or later, because Real's defence isn't as good as it is perceived to be. 

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20:48 - The second-half has begun, with no substitutes as of yet. 

48: GOAL! Real are 2-0 up, thanks to another goal from Cristiano Ronaldo who smashes the ball past Beto who can only parry into the net after a good flick-on pass by Benzema on the turn.

Ronaldo celebrates his goal with new Colombian team-mate Rodriguez, after he makes it 2-0
49: Upon reflection, Beto probably should have done better with the shot but Ronaldo's effort was way too powerful to stop properly there.

50: 2-0 to Madrid, and unless Sevilla turn the tables quickly they have the game as good as won now. 

51: That's Ronaldo's 18th goal against Sevilla, who he has come up against 11 times. 

53: Kroos is the second player to be booked after a late sliding tackle on Sevilla midfielder Krychowiak. 

58: Sevilla have struggled in truth today, not in terms of defending but in terms of having any real chances or shots on goal.

59: I'm pretty sure that Casillas has only had to make one or two saves during the game so far, which isn't good enough when you are playing against a team of Real's calibre.

60: It's obvious to see that they miss Croatian playmaker Ivan Rakitic, who would have taken this game by storm with his passing abilities. 

61: He can create a half-chance out of nothing, just burst forward with the ball at his feet and feed Bacca or Suarez, both who need service but are having to go into midfield and try to win possession.

62: Bale steps towards a free-kick, he will have a strike towards goal from around 35 yards out. 

62: And his effort is tame as he tries to curl it around the wall, but it hits the free-kick wall and goes out for a throw-in.

65: Good stop by Beto again, this time from Benzema's effort on-goal; he dives to his right to parry away before the linesman flags for an offside as Coentrao sprints towards the ball.

66: Sevilla SUB - 
Alex Vidal OFF
Iago Aspas ON

67: Yet another good save by Beto, this time from a well-struck effort from James Rodriguez, 25 yards out. 

68: Rodriguez does well to hit the strike sweetly, Beto reacts quickly to parry it away with one hand acrobatically. 

70: Nice 1-2 play between Benzema and Modric on the edge of the area, but the Frenchman's effort is well wide and high of the goal in the end.

71: Real Madrid SUB - 
James Rodriguez OFF
Isco ON

76: Real corner is delayed by the referee after some tussles in the area, between Ramos and Krychowiak before Pepe gets involved (as per usual).

78: Sevilla SUB - 
Denis Suarez OFF
Jose Antonio Reyes ON

79: The referee blows his whistle and the match is restarted after Ramos was receiving medical attention for the apparent knock to the head.

82: Great last-ditch tackle by Krychowiak who does well to get between Ronaldo and the ball on the edge of the area, to slide and win the ball.

83: Ronaldo goes down and is in some considerable pain.

84: Real Madrid SUB - 
Fabio Coentrao OFF
Marcelo ON 

84: Sevilla SUB - 
Coke OFF
Diogo Figueiras ON

86: Real Madrid SUB -
Luka Modric OFF 
Asier Illaramendi ON

89: Sevilla 2-0 down, with a minute to go - but if you'd just turned on you'd thinking they are winning. Nice to see.

90: The fourth official signals for 3 minutes of stoppage time to be added on.

90+3: A last-gasp stop from Beto denies Bale from getting a goal on his return to his home country, before Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle for the final time tonight. 


Real Madrid 2 Sevilla 0 - 

It's only a friendly, but Real have really put down a marker for their competition next season. A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo have given Real their first trophy of the season, the UEFA Super Cup.

21:40 - I'll have the trophy presentation, and then that will be the end of this LIVE Commentary tonight. I will be back in the next few days with either a transfer update, or another LIVE Commentary perhaps.

21:41 - the Premier League starts on Saturday, just 4 days remaining! Many people cannot wait, I will be having a lot of LIVE Commentaries, match reports, reviews and analysis throughout the season in all of the European big leagues. 

21:42 - Sevilla get a round of applause as they walk up the steps to get their runners-up medals for tonight's match, looking glum. 

21:43 - Real Madrid deserved to win tonight, but no-one really thought that Sevilla would challenge them in this match to be honest. 

21:44 - Pictures show Sevilla's young full-back Alberto Moreno in tears as he picks up his runners-up medal for tonight's game, in which he was NOT involved. 

21:45 - This suggests, that tonight's game may be Moreno's last as a Sevilla player, or representing the club. Liverpool have had a £12million pound bid for him accepted in the past few hours today. 

21:46 - The Real Madrid players come up with huge smiles on their faces as they walk up to get their winners medals. 

21:48 - The only players I can see who look upset or glum are Alonso and Khedira. Both players did not play a part tonight.

21:49 - Ramos steps up and lifts the UEFA Super Cup trophy aloft, to big cheers from the crowd in the stadium!

Real Madrid win the UEFA Super Cup, and they will be hoping for more success this season. 

21:50 - That's goodbye from me tonight, I hope you enjoyed today's LIVE Commentary of the match. I will be back soon with more footballing content, until then I will speak to you later!

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