Play where you play and whatever is at stake, the Classic will never cease to be a must see. On Wednesday, the eternal rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in Saudi Arabia in a semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup in which the loser goes home.
After a difficult start to the season, a change of coach and a previous 2-1 loss in the league to Madrid, Barcelona have some hopes of upsetting this one: new signing Ferran Torres will make his debut for the Blaugrana. and he ‘will start from the first minute after his $ 55 million transfer from Manchester City. Midfield star Pedri is also on the bench.
Real Madrid are the favorites in the match and for good reason: the meringues have been a machine in Carlo Ancelotti’s return as coach and have been led by rising star Vinicius Junior and the ever-reliable Karim Benzema. Their scoring exploits have Madrid at the top of La Liga, 16 points ahead of Barcelona, and aiming for more trophies in Saudi Arabia.
The Spanish Super Cup pits the winner and runner-up of La Liga against the winner and runner-up of the Copa del Rey in a single match semifinals and a final to be played on Sunday. The winner of the Barcelona-Real Madrid faces the winner of the semifinal Atlético de Madrid vs. Athletico Bilbao that will take place on Thursday.
Sporting News will follow the event live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid live score
Min. 25— Real Madrid – Vinicius Junior (Karim Benzema)
Min. 42— Barcelona – Luuk de Jong
(All Eastern times)
Half time: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 1
Halftime: It was all Real Madrid to begin with and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before the Whites scored, especially with Barcelona giving away the ball at a low price. And it was Vinicius Junior who scored the goal, showing a true connection with fellow forward Karim Benzema. But after the goal, Real Madrid fell back and let Barcelona return to the game.
The Blaugrana threatened with a pair of header from Luuk de Jong and then the Dutchman scored a lucky goal, but was rewarded for his work to put pressure on the defender. It is interesting to see Xavi Hernández stay with him as a forward. De Jong is playing the center forward position like no other Barça player can. The second half will be a convincing watch.
minute 42: Barcelona ties her up! How did that come in? Real Madrid defender Eder Militao tries to clear a cross from Dembele and it goes to Luuk de Jong, to the post and inside! It’s 1-1.
minute 39: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid tries again with his left foot from outside the area. This at least forces Ter Stegen to work after a detour from Ronald Araujo.
minute 32: Another header from Luuk de Jong and he finished right off Courtois. Good run for Barcelona.
Minute 30: What an opportunity for Barcelona! Single cross from the left by Dembélé and Luuk de Jong headed straight for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Barça has not created much in attack and cannot miss many of those occasions.
Minute 25: Real Madrid goal! Karim Benzema snatches the ball from Sergio Busquets in midfield, then feeds Vinicius Junior, who gets behind the Barça defense and the lights go out. Vini Jr just slips through Araujo and covers it. Madrid in the lead. Vinicius Junior is having something of the season: 15th goal of the season in his 27th game.
Minute 23: ATTENTION – Ferran Torres receives the first yellow for pulling Ferland Mendy’s shirt. Barcelona is pushing high, but it’s not very effective at winning the ball or causing a lot of trouble. The Real Madrid players are beating him quite effectively.
💡 | FUN FACT
Ferran Torres’ 23-minute warning is his first yellow card in all competitions in more than a year: the last card was on November 21, 2020, in Man City’s league game against Tottenham. 😅
– SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) January 12, 2022
Minute 20: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid is ready for this one. He sprints after Barcelona’s second corner and feeds Asensio, who curves off again. Vini is wreaking havoc on the left wing.
minute 19: Consecutive corners for Barcelona. It is Ferran Torres who took one and Dembélé the other. Nothing comes out of them.
minute 12: It is Vinicius Junior’s turn to take aim. His shot hits the target and Barça goalkeeper Ter Stegen is up to the task. Ronald Araujo from Barcelona was following Vini in his career from behind. Barcelona’s attack is non-existent so far.
minute 11: Ferran Torres is positioned wide on the right, Dembélé on the left and Luuk de Jong as a center forward. Ferran Torres trying a little too hard to start his career in Barcelona.
Minute 8: Now it is Marco Asensio with space to launch a left-footed shot that finishes high. Real Madrid are moving fast and based on what we’ve seen so far, Ancelotti’s men are more likely to score. Barcelona giving away the easy ball.
3rd minute: It is Karim Benzema with the first attempt of the day after a bad pass attempt and loss of Dani Alves. The shot goes high and Barcelona goes down easy there. Benzema is hot (22 goals in 25 games) and is bound to score if he receives such looks.
1st min .: They were out. We will see where Ferran Torres lines up for Barcelona.
13:32 : Barcelona’s new signing, Ferran Torres, is ready for his debut, and arrives in El Clásico nonetheless. The entire squad has arrived at the stadium in Riyadh.
13:25: Dani Alves will be highly motivated to face Real Madrid for the first time since his return.
The last time Dani Alves played in El Clásico, Barça’s three forwards were Neymar, Suárez and Messi.
Tonight, Ferran Torres, Luuk de Jong and Ousmane Dembele lead the row 👀 pic.twitter.com/ypmninqWQK
– ESPNFC (@ESPNFC) January 12, 2022
Supercopa lineups for El Clasico
One day after receiving official authorization to register with the club, new signing Ferran torres will become a starter against Real Madrid for his debut at Barcelona. He recovered in time from a positive COVID-19 test to travel to Saudi Arabia with the young midfielder Pedri , which starts on the bench.
Lucas de Jong get the start on the dutch Memphis Pay , who will be a substitute. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati does the bench but american Sergino fate , who has been the subject of transfer rumors in January, does not.
Barcelona starting eleven (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-Ter Stegen (GK) – 18-Alba, 4-Araujo, 3-Pique, 8-Alves – 30-Gavi, 5-Busquets, 21-F. De Jong – 7-Dembele, 17-L. De Jong, 19-Ferran Torres
Substitutes Barcelona (10): Neto (GK), Inaki Pena (GK), O. Mingueza, Lenglet, Riqui Puig, Pedri, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Jutgla, EZ Abde
Real Madrid supposedly had a squad ready for this event, but David praise felt muscle discomfort after training the day before the game and had to withdraw with Nacho taking his place in defense.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti opted for Dani carvajal on Lucas Vazquez on the right back and Marco Asensio on Rodrygo on the right wing.
Projection of the starting eleven of Real Madrid (4-3-3): 1-Courtois (GK) – 2-Carvajal, 3-Militao, 6-Nacho, 23-F. Mendy – 8-Kroos, 14-Casemiro, 10-Modric – 11-Asensio, 9-Benzema, 20-Vinicius Jr.
Substitutes for Real Madrid (11): 13-Lunin (GK), 12-Marcelo, 19-Dani Ceballos, 17-Lucas Vazquez, 5-Vallejo, 15-Valverde, 22-Isco, 25-Camavinga, 21-Rodrygo, 7-Hazard, 16-Jovic
How to see Barça vs. Real
- Date: Wednesday, January 12
- Hour: 2 pm ET
- TV: ESPN
- Spanish television: ESPN Sports
- Transmission: fuboTV , ESPN +, WatchESPN.com (authenticated users only)
Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and will be broadcast on ESPN + (subscribers) and WatchESPN (authentication required).
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.