Really a bit higher
Since a counter led by Vinicius, Real have stepped up and finally seem to want to offer something. To see if it holds.
Another stop from Courtois
Really in pain. This time, Courtois must intervene in front of Lewandowski to save his people. Corner.
Served by Baldé on the right, Ousmane Dembélé sends in a cross but sees Courtois make a good save with his right foot. 3-0 was close…
The start at Real is long overdue
You would think that Real would come back with a bang. This is not the case. Los Blancos always struggle to get the ball out. They are currently unsettled.
Yellow card for Christensen
Hooked by Rodrygo, the Dane hooks the Brazilian and is logically warned.
Here we go again
We’ll see if Real manage to raise their heads and offer something different.
Eduardo Camavinga gives up his place
The French midfielder is, for once, replaced by Rodrygo in the second period. He probably didn’t score any points in Carlo Ancelotti’s eyes tonight…
No change in the Barça side, Lewandowski is there.
Benzema in full discussion with Courtois in the corridors of the stadium
The Ballon d’Or doesn’t seem at all satisfied with the first half. We can understand that.
Some statistics to wait
– 54% possession for Barça at the break
– 3 shots (3 on target) for Barça against 1 (0 on target) for Real
– 9 fouls made by Real, only 2 by Barça
– 27 duels won by Barça, 13 by Real
Lewandowski physically affected?
Robert Lewandowski still appeared to be grumbling about his ribs when he returned to the dressing room. To see if he will still be on the turf when he resumes.
It’s half time
Barça took advantage of the final victory nicely. Xavi can win his first title on the Catalan bench in about an hour.
LEWANDOWSKIIII! 2-0 TO BARCA!!
Thanks to an intervention from De Jong, Gavi and Lewandowski present themselves in 2 v 1 against Rüdiger. The Spanish midfielder, left, waits for the right moment to serve the Pole’s full axis on the ground. The number 9 must only adjust Courtois! The break is over!
Welcome back from Camavinga
Dembélé goes full axis, accelerates, but Camavinga comes back behind him and rejects the ball with a great tackle.
And the stadium that now cheers… Barça
After embracing Real’s cause at the start of the meeting, the local public now seem to be pushing behind Barça. Reversible jackets are in fashion in Riyadh.
Camavinga is no longer there
Another loss of the dangerous ball from the French midfielder. He seems destabilized since the goal from Barça.
A logical opening of the score
Without crushing Real, Barça generally dominated this first period. He was able to take advantage of a bad turnover to punish the rival.
Camavinga loses the ball 25m from his goal, behind it goes very quickly, Busquets replaces Lewandowski who replaces himself Gavi who recovers the ball to the left on the surface and sends a small shot from the left over Courtois. 1-0 to Barca!
Rüdiger on the ground
The Barcelona free-kick is denied as best they can by Courtois, who beats Rudiger in the process. He stood up after the intervention of the medical staff.
Yellow card for Ferland Mendy
The French right-back is cautioned for a foul on his side on compatriot Ousmane Dembélé. Dangerous free kick ahead for Barça.
Lewandowski is in care
The Polish striker was manipulated by a member of the medical staff on the sidelines. We don’t know what he actually has as he quickly resumes his seat.
Everything happens on the same half of the court
Apart from two or three very vertical movements, Real never crosses the center line with the ball.
Ter Stegen ahead of Benzema
Small pass from Modric to Benzema in the box, but Ter Stegen comes out at 200 on the hour to push the ball past the Frenchman. Which was largely offside anyway. So no regrets.
Barca regain control
The Madrid people still leave the ball to the Catalans, who make a small pass for ten from 40 meters.
Oh Benzema’s opportunity!
Here is the answer from Madrid. Sent down the left, Ferland sends Mendy into the box for Benzema. Stepping back a little, the French striker manages to recover a header but sees the ball go just wide.
Barça is much better
After five fearful first minutes, it is the Catalan team that dominates the debates now. Real Madrid play relatively low.
Post for Barça!
Lewandowski inherits the full ball just outside the Madrid area and unleashes a close shot. Courtois must be sent off to reject his post. Real was hot!
The Polish striker sends a header just over Courtois’ goal on a ball from behind. However, he appeared to be in an offside position.
The Brazilian forward was mowed down by Araujo along the touchline when the ball was already out. Eventually he gets up without too much trouble. Throw-in for Barca.
Barca start to press
Real have struggled to get the ball out for a few moments.
Dangerous free kick for Barça
Free kick 35m from the Madrid goal after a foul by Kroos on Busquets. Pedri takes care of it and is very close to finding Araujo at the far post. The Uruguayan defender misses the ball by a few centimeters.
Really holds the ball
Carlo Ancelotti’s players have possession in the very first minutes. Without doing much of the ball.
Barça players whistled
Surprising atmosphere in Riyadh as Barça players are (slightly) whistled off when they have the ball. The Saudi people are merengue. “Madrid, Madrid”, can be heard in the stadium.
It’s time for the Clasico!
Kick-off has just been given by Karim Benzema.
The players enter the pitch
With a warm handshake between the two coaches on the sidelines.
The well-stocked stadium
If the stands were sparse during the first matches of this Spanish Super Cup, this time the Saudi public responded by being present for the final.
Will Benzema continue?
The French forward has played three games since resuming after the World Cup. For four goals scored.
Really more successful in the last Clasicos
In the last seven Clasicos in an official match (since there was a Real-Barça friendly last summer), Real Madrid have a record of six wins to one defeat.
The last match between the two great rivals dates back to October 16 in La Liga. The Madrid team won 3-1 at home.
The eleven of Barça, with Dembélé and Koundé holders
Ter Stegen – Araujo, Christensen, Koundé, Baldé – Busquets, Pedri, De Jong – Gavi, Lewandowski, Dembélé.
Real already sends the composition without surprise
Courtois – Carvajal, Militao, Rüdiger, Mendy – Modric, Kroos, Camavinga – Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.
The two are neck and neck on the list
Barça leads the dance in terms of awards, with 13 titles (1983, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2018, 2018) and 12 winners in Madrid, only 12. 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2017, 2020, 2022) for 5 defeats in the final.
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After beating Valencia and Betis Sevilla, Real and Barça meet in the second Clasico of the season for the Spanish Super Cup final. Kick-off at 20:00 at the Roi-Fahd International Stadium.