No matter where it is played and whatever the game, Clasico will never cease to be a necessity. On Wednesday, the eternal rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid will clash in Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals of the Spanish Supercopa defeated-go-home.
After a difficult start to the season, a managerial change and a previous 2: 1 league loss to Madrid, Barcelona will in fact have some hope of bringing surprises in this: new reinforcement Ferran Torres will debut for Blaugran and he will start from the opening minute after his transfer in 55 million dollars from Manchester City. Midfielder Pedri is also on the bench.
Real Madrid is the match favorite and rightly so: The Merengues were the machine for Carl Ancelotti’s return as manager and were led by the rising star Vinicius Junior and the always reliable Karim Benzema. Their scoring success has Madrid at the head of La Liga, 16 points ahead of Barcelona and they are looking for other silver medals in Saudi Arabia.
The Spanish Supercopa will face the La Liga winner and second place against the Copa del Rey winner and second place in the semi-finals of one match and final, which takes place on Sunday. The winner of Barcelona and Real Madrid will face the winner of Thursday’s semifinal Atletico Madrid vs. Athletico Bilbao.
Sporting News will follow the event live and will provide score updates, comments and highlights.
Barcelona live scores Real Madrid
25. min. – Real Madrid – Vinicius Junior (Karim Benzema)
42. min. – Barcelona – Luuk de Jong
(All Eastern Times)
Half-time: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 1
Half: It all started with Real Madrid and it seemed like only a matter of time before Los Blancos scored, especially when Barcelona was handing out the ball cheaply. And it was Vinicius Junior who scored and showed a real connection with forward Karim Benzema. But after a goal, Real Madrid retreated and let Barcelona back into the game.
Blaugrana was threatened by a pair of Luuk de Jong headers and the Dutchman scored a lucky goal, but was rewarded for his hard work on the defender. It’s interesting to see Xavi Hernandez sticking forward with him. De Jong plays as a midfielder like no other Barcy player. The other half will be convincing.
42. min .: Barcelona compares! How did it go in? Real Madrid defender Eder Militao tries to clean up Dembele’s center and he heads off the pole and Luuk de Jong! It’s 1-1.
39. min .: Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio tried to take the lead from behind 16. At least he forces Ter Stegen to work after turning away from Ronald Arauj.
32. min .: Another header by Luuka de Jong and he reflects it directly on Courtois. Good magic for Barcelona.
30. min .: What a chance for Barcelona! A simple cross from the left flank by Dembele and Luuk de Jong directs it directly to the goalkeeper Thibauta Courtoise. Barca did not create much in the attack and he cannot miss many such chances.
25. min .: Real Madrid goal! Karim Benzema kicks off the ball from Sergio Busquets in the middle of the field, then feeds Vinicius Junior, who got behind Barcy’s defense, and immediately lights up. Vini Jr just slides around Arauja and covers him. Madrid in the lead. Vinicius Junior has had a season: the 15th goal of the season in the 27th match.
23. min .: ATTENTION – Ferran Torres receives the first yellow for pulling on Ferland Mendy’s jersey. Barcelona pushes high, but is not very effective at getting the ball or causing big problems. Real Madrid players get through this quite effectively.
💡 | FUN FACT
Ferran Torres’ warning in the 23rd minute is his first yellow card in all competitions in more than a year – the last time he received a card on November 21, 2020 in the Man City league match against Tottenham. 😅
– SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) January 12, 2022
20. min .: Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid is getting ready for it. After the second Barcelona turn, he embarks on a sprint and feeds Asensia, which twists another wide. Vini causes confusion on the left wing.
19. min .: Corners back to back for Barcelona. Ferran Torres took one and Dembele the other. None of them are.
12th min .: It’s Vinicius Junior’s turn to head. His shot heads for the goal and the goalkeeper Barcy Ter Stegen is ready. Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo watched Vini on his escape. The Barcelona attack does not yet exist.
11. min .: Ferran Torres is placed on the far right, Dembele on the left and Luuk de Jong as the middle forward. Ferran Torres is trying too hard to start his Barcelona career.
8th min .: Now it’s Marco Asensio, with a left foot space that ends up high. Real Madrid is fast moving forward, and based on what we’ve seen so far, Ancelotti’s men are most likely to score. Barcelona easily distributes the ball.
3rd min .: It’s Karim Benzema with the first attempt of the day after a bad pass and a turn by Dani Alves. The shot goes high and Barcelona gets there easily. Benzema is hot (22 goals in 25 matches) and if he looks like he has to score.
1st min .: we ‘re gone. We’ll see where Ferran Torres stands in Barcelona.
13:32 : Barcelona’s new addition Ferran Torres is ready for his debut and yet he will arrive in El Clasic. The whole team arrived at the stadium in Riyadh.
13:25: Dani Alves will have great motivation to face Real Madrid for the first time since his return.
When Dani Alves last played in El Clasic, Barcy’s top three were Neymar, Suarez and Messi.
Tonight, Ferran Torres, Luuk de Jong and Ousmane Dembele vedou lead the line pic.twitter.com/ypmninqWQK
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Supercopa sets for El Clasico
The day after the official permission to register for the club, a new signature Ferran Torres will play against Real Madrid on his debut in Barcelona. He recovered from a positive test for COVID-19 in time to travel to Saudi Arabia with a young midfielder Pedri which starts on the bench.
Luuk de Jong starting through the Dutchman Memphis Depay which will sub. Meantime, Ansu Fati makes a bench, but American Sergino Dest , which was the subject of January transfer rumors, no.
Basic line-up of Barcelona (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
Barcelona Substitutes (10): Neto (GK), Inaki Pena (GK), O. Mingueza, Lenglet, Riqui Puig, Pedri, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Jutgla, EZ Abde
Real Madrid reportedly had a team ready for the event, but David Alaba after training the day before the match, he felt muscular discomfort and had to bow to him Nacho take his place in defense.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has opted for Dani Carvajal over Lucas Vázquez right rear and Marco Asensio over Rodrygo on the right wing.
Expected basic line-up 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.
Real Madrid Substitutes (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 watch Barca Vs. Real
- Date: Wednesday, January 12
- Time: 2:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN
- Spanish TV: ESPN deports
- Streaming: fuboTV, ESPN +, WatchESPN.com (authenticated users only)
Wednesday’s Supercopa de Espana semifinals between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and streamed on ESPN + (subscribers) and WatchESPN (verification required).
Fans can also stream ESPN and ESPN Deportes via fuboTV, which offers a free trial for new users.
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