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LIVE: Athletic Club vs Real Madrid!
In this evening’s Supercopa de Espana final in Riyadh, Athletic will hope to retain its title.
Athletic won the UEFA Super Cup 3-2 over Barcelona last year, and after beating Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals earlier this week, they will be confident against Real Madrid.
The last time the competition was held in Saudi Arabia, Carlo Ancelotti’s side reached the final with an extra-time win over Barcelona. Federico Valverde scored the winner, and he and his team lifted the trophy.
Real has lost just one of its last 19 matches in all competitions, and the Spaniards are favorites against Athletic tonight. Additionally, Real has won twice this season against Athletic.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Live
Real Madrid have won their first trophy of the season, and Carlo Ancelotti’s first of his second spell at the club.
Courtois’ late penalty save prevents any late drama in a 2-0 victory for Luca Modrid and Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid were by far the better team, and they have the trophy to prove it.
90+3 minutes: Valverde brings out his back heel to keep possession and ease the pressure.
Other than Militao’s handball, Real’s performance has been really professional.
90 mins: Vazquez is off, and Fernandez comes on.
It’s game over for the Athletics. We were set for a spectacular finish had that penalty gone in.
It is likely that Real will go through these four minutes of stoppage time in a procession.
Well, that might be the end of hopes for a comeback.
Courtois saves the penalty from Raul Garcia! A straight line dive from Courtois to his right is saved by his leg.
A memorable moment.
Good, good, good. RED CARD for you!
Militao has been dismissed. I cannot believe how little time we have left.
86 min: Ancelotti just trying to see this match through. Marcelo takes the place of Vinicius.
As a Real player, the left-back has won 18 trophies, and he is about five minutes from winning his 19th.
Garcia throws himself at a ball that Yuri stands up, but it deflects off Militao and over the bar. And it’s handball as well… the VAR checks!
84 mins: Things are certainly getting tense and the Real box is a bit chaotic.
Nicola Williams digs out a nice cross, which Militao blasts against Serrana and bounces back toward goal, but Courtois is alert to claim it.
82 minutes: Athletic is becoming a bit of a shoot-on-sight team.
Courtois is cut to the inside by Serrana, who fires from distance. Real haven’t had a touch for five minutes, but that won’t bother them too much.
80 minutes: Martinez lines up a free-kick, 25 yards from goal. Excellent angle for a left-footed strike.
Unfortunately, it went straight into the wall. The clock is ticking down for Athletic.