Real Madrid recorded victory in the Super Copa for the first time since 2008, beating arch rivals Barcelona on away goals.
Jose Mourinho’s side trailed 3-2 from last week’s first leg encounter at the Nou Camp, and went into the second leg at the Bernabeau knowing they would have to win to secure the trophy; a feat they had not managed in their previous seven home encounters against the old enemy.
Their cause was helped by two goals in the opening 20 minutes, first from Gonzalo Higuain and then Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Manchester United man was heavily involved in the first half action, and was at the centre of attention once more as he raced through on goal – only to be hauled down by Barcelona’s Adriano who recieved a straight red card for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
Mourinho’s men had endured a dreadful start to the new season, with two draws and a defeat from their opening three matches.
The Real Madrid boss had asked for a reaction, having publicly admitting he had given his players a dressing down following last weeks defeat in the Nou Camp, and his players responded in the first half especially.
The 10 men of Barca did not go down without a fight, with their talisman Lionel Messi pulling a goal back before half time with a sublime free kick.
But Real held on to truimph 2-1 on the night and leave a final score of 4-4 on aggregate, enough to claim the Super Copa on away goals.
Following a difficult start to the season, this result will no doubt give Mourinho and his men the confidence to challenge on all fronts once more.