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Real Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday to lift the European Super Cup for the fourth time as they became the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro struck the opener with a left-foot strike midway through the first half while Spain midfielder Isco consolidated Real’s advantage with a slick finish in the 52nd minute at the National Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.

United’s new striker Romelu Lukaku got his first competitive goal for the club to reduce the deficit just past the hour with a simple finish on the rebound in the annual showdown between the European champions and Europa League holders.

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Mourinho’s admission before the game that Real had much more quality than his side was confirmed as the Champions League winners monopolised possession and nearly took an early lead when Gareth Bale sent an instinctive shot narrowly over the bar.

Real continued to dominate after the break as United struggled to press their opponents in the heat and humidity that was so intense the teams took a water break in each half.

Real’s dominance waned towards the end as United forced their way back into the game but there was little question the all-conquering Spanish giants were worthy winners when captain Sergio Ramos hoisted the trophy into the Skopje air.

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