Beaten in their first two UEFA Super Cups, Real Madrid have now won four in a row, including three in the past four years. UEFA.com recounts their five appearances prior to Tuesday.
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1998: Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid (Poyet 83)
Madrid succumbed to Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea in the first UEFA Super Cup played as a one-off match – and curtain-raiser to the new European season – following the fixture's move to Monaco. Gianfranco Zola provided the pass that put Gustavo Poyet, previously with Madrid's Liga counterparts Real Zaragoza, in position to fire past Bodo Illgner with seven minutes left.
2000: Real Madrid 1-2 Galatasaray (Raúl 79; Jardel 41pen, 102)
Madrid suffered more disappointment two years later, against a Galatasaray side who had become the first Turkish team to lift a European trophy with their defeat of Arsenal in the UEFA Cup final three months before. New signing Mário Jardel proved an instant hit with Cimbom supporters by scoring twice, his second in extra time after Fatih Akyel had crossed into the penalty area.
2002: Real Madrid 3-1 Feyenoord (Paauwe og 15, Roberto Carlos 21, Guti 60; Van Hooijdonk 56)
The Whites finally landed the only continental prize that had eluded them. Despite Real fielding the world's two costliest players, Zinédine Zidane and Luís Figo, it was their 22-year-old midfielder Esteban Cambiasso who proved Feyenoord's nemesis on his European debut. The little-known Argentinian probed and teased the Rotterdammers, fashioning Madrid's first-half goals with two outstanding bits of skill. He was involved in the third too, linking with Zidane to supply Figo who found Guti at the far post.
2014: Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla (Ronaldo 30 49)
A then UEFA Super Cup record crowd of 30,854 flocked to the Cardiff City Stadium to see Cristiano Ronaldo strike twice. Newcomers James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos also starred for Madrid, the former combining with Gareth Bale – playing in his city of birth – for the opener. Ronaldo added another after good work by Karim Benzema to extinguish the hopes of the UEFA Europa League holders.
2016: Real Madrid 3-2aet Sevilla (Asensio 21, Ramos 90+3, Carvajal 119; Vázquez 41, Konoplyanka 72p)
The absence of the injured Ronaldo may have been a disappointment, but the fans in Trondheim got value for money nonetheless from what was a breathless contest. The highlights: Sergio Asensio's fine finish on his European debut, a last-gasp equaliser from Madrid captain Sergio Ramos to force extra time, and Dani Carvajal's late, late winner against opponents reduced to ten men.
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2017: Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United (Casemiro 24, Isco 52; Lukaku 62)
Madrid played some splendid football in Skopje – not least for Isco's second-half goal – but were ultimately left sweating following United new boy Romelu Lukaku's effort. They stood firm, though, to become the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.