A YEAR AGO SINCE CARDIFF HOSTED UEFA SUPER CUP

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 15.15.56As Barcelona and Sevilla get set to meet each other in the UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia tonight (11 August 2015), it’s incredible to reflect that it has already been a year since Real Madrid and Sevilla came to Cardiff.

Gareth Bale of course featured in the Real Madrid team that won the game 2-0 in his home city to lift the UEFA Super Cup.

Check out the gallery from last season’s UEFA Super Cup below and read the match report that appeared on faw.cymru below.

Real Madrid lifted the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff on a cool August evening, with a display of top-class football against opponents, who gave them a match, but were not able to compare with the team of all-stars that Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal.

Cardiff City Stadium was a fitting stage for the two Spanish teams to serve-up a feast of football over the ninety minutes, to excite a passionate crowd of 30,854.

The opening exchanges were almost all in favour of Real Madrid, but Sevilla goalie, Beto, was on fine form and kept Ronaldo and Bale at bay until the 30th minute, when a wonderful finish from close-range from the Portuguese star made it 1-0 to Real Madrid. From then-on for the rest of the first half, it was all from the men in white. Cardiff boy Bale was prominent in many of the moves, but understandably was well marked by the Sevilla defenders.

The second half was only minutes old when Renaldo hit an unstoppable shot past the Sevilla keeper to make it 2-0. From then-on, Real Madrid took complete control of the game. Substitutions came thick and fast as both players used their squads to give as much early-season practice as possible.

Sevilla fought hard, but on the night were not able to take their few chances and Real Madrid ran-out comfortable winners.

The celebrations that followed were exuberant and showed how much the trophy meant to the winners. Cardiff had put on a show for the visiting UEFA dignitaries and proven that showpiece games can be held in Wales.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Ronaldo, Kroos, Benzema, Rodriguez, Bale, Carvajal, Modric.
Subs: Navas, Varane, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Di Maria, Isco, Illarramendi.

Sevilla: Beto, Fazio, Navarro, Krychowiak, Carrico, Bacca, Suarez, Vitolo, Pareja, Parreu, Coke.
Subs: Barbosa, Figueiras, Reyes, Samperio, Iborra, Aspas, Luismi.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

Following the success of the UEFA Super Cup, Cardiff can now look forward to hosting the UEFA Champions League Final in 2017.