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Friday, August 28, 1998 Published at 21:18 GMT 22:18 UK


Sport: Football

Poyet secures Super Cup

Real Madrid's Pedrag Mijatovic heads over Albert Ferrer of Chelsea

Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid

A late strike from substitute Gustavo Poyet secured Chelsea's fourth trophy on Friday when they beat Real Madrid 1-0 to win the European Super Cup.

Poyet combined with Zola on the edge of the penalty area with only nine minutes to go before hitting a sweetly-struck shot into the corner of the net past Bodo Illgner.

Chelsea had come out fighting in the second half after a poor performance early on.

Defensively, the London side had looked weak and Pierluigi Casiraghi and Gianfranco Zola were often alone up front.

The first chance of the match fell to Raul, Spain's great hope during the World Cup, but he shot wildly over the bar.

Four minutes later, he manager slightly better as he turned Michael Duberry expertly in the penalty area but Leboeuf was alert to cover and dispossess him as the striker took aim for goal.

The best chance of the first half had undoubtedly come from Fernando Hierro when he hit the inside of the post with a curling free-kick.

Blues' keeper Ed De Goey, who did not appear to get a touch on the ball, could only watch as Hierro's strike from 25 yards out rebounded across the face of his goal 12 minutes before the break but rolled to safety.

After the break Chelsea at least began to press forward with more purpose and Pierluigi Casiraghi performed a wonderful back-flick to set Celestine Babayaro clear.

But his shot was just as bad as his effort in the first half and Illgner gathered the ball comfortably.

Leboeuf then came almost as close as Hierro had in the first-half when a headed clearance from a free-kick fell to him on the edge of the penalty area.

The Frenchman curled a shot - beating Illgne - but it hit the outside of the right-hand upright.

Poyet was introduced for Roberto Di Matteo on 62 minutes - a decisive and timely substitution that resulted in Chelsea securing their fourth trophy in less than three years.



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