FULL-TIME, Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona: A fantastic performance from a Barça team that wanted it more and outplayed Real Madrid for almost all of El Clásico. This is a deserved title, and Xavi Hernández has his first trophy as Barça boss. WHAT A WIN!!!
GOAL, Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona (Benzema 90+3’): Madrid get a goal back as Benzema scores on the rebound of a Ter Stegen save, but it’s too little too late now.
GOAL!!! Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona (Pedri 69’): IT’S THREE!!! Barça can taste it now as they win the ball high once again and Gavi’s perfect cross finds Pedri at the far post for another tap-in and Barça’s third of the night!!!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona: Back underway for the final period!
HALFTIME, Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona: A near perfect first half from Barça who were mature, committed, professional and efficient to create and score their biggest chances. Madrid did virtually nothing all half, and Barça look in great position to win this.
GOAL!!! Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona (Lewandowski 45’): BARÇA DOUBLE THE LEAD!!! A huge goal right before halftime as Frenkie De Jong makes a great pass to release Gavi, who shows great poise and waits for the right moment to give Lewandowski a tap-in!
GOAL!!! Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona (Gavi 33’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Sergio Busquets wins the ball up the pitch and Barça move it very quickly as Pedri finds Robert Lewandowski who puts it on a plate inside the box for Gavi to smash it home!
KICKOFF! Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Riyadh!
WELCOME TO THE KING FAHD STADIUM!!! This beautiful arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is the site of the 2023 Spanish Super Cup Final between Real Madrid and Barcelona, who play the latest edition of El Clásico with the first title of the Spanish season on the line. Both teams needed extra-time and penalties to win their semi-finals, and another hard-fought, entertaining battle is expected in this one. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Gavi, Busquets, De Jong; Dembélé, Lewandowski, Pedri (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alonso, Alba, Roberto, Kessie, Raphinha, Fati, Ferran, Memphis
Starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militão, Rüdiger, Mendy; Modric, Kroos, Camavinga; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Lunin (GK), López (GK), Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Martín, Ceballos, Asensio, Rodrygo, Hazard, Mariano
Competition/Round: 2023 Spanish Super Cup Final
Date/Time: Sunday, January 15, 2023, 10pm local time, 8pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7pm GMT (UK), 2pm ET, 11am PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea
VAR: Jose Luis González González
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ABC (USA), BT Sport 1 (UK), Startimes World Football (Nigeria), others
Online: ESPN+ (USA), BTSport.com (UK), others
Matchday Thread Rules
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!