Luka Modric then put the tie out of sight shortly after the hour mark with his side's third of the evening at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.
The Super Cup traditionally kickstarted the season in Spain with a two-legged contest between the Copa del Rey winners and La Liga champions although the 2018 edition was played as a one-off game in Tangier, Morocco.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation's [RFEF] expansion of the competition from two teams to four has been criticised, but there has been a bigger backlash to the decision to take the tournament to Saudi Arabia. Atletico Madrid are being given $3.3 million while Barcelona and Real Madrid will reportedly earn $6.6 million apiece.
"It was the better offer [for the Super Cup] because it will be paid with money taken from European soccer".
"We're here to play in the Spanish Super Cup, we've received a really warm welcome and are delighted with the welcome we've been given in Saudi Arabia". "That's the reason we are all here".
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The Carabao Cup semifinal between Manchester United and Manchester City will be played at the Old Trafford . They were caught on the counter-attack for the second, when Bernardo slipped a through ball to Mahrez.
Atletico Madrid were also invited, after finishing as La Liga runners-up.
"It was always the first trophy of the season between the league and cup winners, I thought that format was fine but it has been changed".
They join team mate Eden Hazard, who has an ankle problem, as well as Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Valencia forward Rodrigo (both with knee issues) as high-profile absentees for the tournament, which has courted controversy since its reformatting was announced previous year.
For long spells, they outplayed Valencia, who have been on a strong run themselves, even if they had to cope without star player Rodrigo Moreno due to a knee injury. Suffice it to say that Barca were forced to delay the news conference until after training.
"It's odd to me to have four teams but it is what it is".