It was the first appearance in the Super Cup for both teams. Chelsea qualified for the match by lifting the previous season’s Cup Winners’ Cup (their second) over Stuttgart a few months earlier, while Real Madrid, playing their first competitive match under new manager Guus Hiddink, arrived after winning their seventh European Cup title commonly known as La Septima.
The two teams met previously in the 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup Final, which Chelsea won 2-1 in a replay.
Unlike previous Super Cups which were played over two legs, the one in 1998 was a single match at the neutral location of Monaco’s Stade Louis II.
Playing in front of a crowd of just over 11,500, the teams remained locked at 0-0 deep into the second half, but Poyet, who had come on a substitute in the 63rd minute, in 82st minute used the ball he got on the edge of the box, and in his trademark fashion, shot beside Real Madrid’s Illgner and finally gave Chelsea the lead.
It was all the Londoners needed, as they held on for the 1-0 victory which brought them their first UEFA Super Cup trophy.
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