The 2022 Supercopa de Espana final pits Athletic Club against Real Madrid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after they beat Atletico Madrid and Barcelona respectively in the semi-finals. Los Leones and Los Blancos last faced off in a final 64 years ago, so it is likely to be a memorable match regardless of the outcome. Stay with us for all the build-up to Athletic Club vs Real Madrid in the Supercopa final, followed by updates of the match itself.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid – LIVE SCORE: 0-1
This is the start of our Supercopa de Espana final live blog, with updates from Athletic Club vs Real Madrid following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
Minute 46: Nico Williams comes on
Athletic Club make a half time change, with Thursday’s match-winner Nico Williams coming on. Let’s see if he can make an impact as the team from Bilbao look to mount a comeback.
Half time: Real Madrid have the lead at the break
There goes the half time whistle and Real Madrid have the lead courtesy of Luka Modric‘s beautiful first-time strike. That makes it 1-0 after 45 minutes of this Supercopa de Espana final.
Minute 44: Athletic almost equalise just before half time
The Athletic response hasn’t been great, but they do come close to an equaliser just before the break. A well-worked throw-in sets up Oihan Sancet for a shot and his curling effort drops just off target.
Minute 37: GOAL!!! MODRIC FIRES REAL MADRID IN FRONT!!!
Real Madrid take the lead! Rodrygo drives into the box and commits several Athletic defenders, before laying it off for Luka Modric to first-time it past Unai Simon from the edge of the area. It’s 1-0.
Minute 36: Not at all close from Zarraga
Oier Zarraga has an ambitious attempt from distance, which doesn’t come at all close to troubling Thibaut Courtois. That’s what Athletic Club need to do, though.
Minute 30: Athletic will be happy with this first half hour
After a bright start from Real Madrid, Athletic Club have managed to settle into this game. They’ll be happy with how it’s going, even if they’d like to create a little more in attack.
Minute 27: Simon tips Casemiro’s effort over
Unai Simon has to make an important intervention there. Casemiro gets off a shot, which the Basque goalkeeper manages to reach and tip over the crossbar.
Minute 25: Mendy with a vital challenge
Athletic Club‘s players are angry as Mendy brings down Berenguer when the Basque side were counter-attacking. But, it was a clean tackle by the French left-back.
Minute 19: Militao and Simon collide in the air
From that resulting corner, Eder Militao challenges Unai Simon for a ball in the air. The centre-back gets to it, but the ball flies over the bar and Athletic can breathe easy again.
Minute 18: Just wide from Benzema
Rodrygo is once again the man making things happen for Real Madrid. After taking down a crossfield ball well, he tees up Benzema and the French striker’s attempt goes just wide, with a corner given even though there was no touch.
Minute 14: Sancet’s shot is deflected over
Athletic Club have another foray forward and Oihan Sancet has a go. It’s deflected over Courtois‘ crossbar for a corner, which Yeray Alvarez heads wide.
Minute 11: Inaki Williams wants a penalty
Athletic Club then go up the other end and Inaki Williams gets inside the Real Madrid penalty area. He then screams for a penalty, claiming it was a handball by David Alaba. There’s nothing given, though.
Minute 10: Kroos’ shot is blocked by Martinez
Toni Kroos has been shooting a lot this season and does so again here from the edge of the area. But, it doesn’t even make it to Unai Simon as it strikes Inigo Martinez.
Minute 8: Rodrygo tackled at the last moment
It’s Rodrygo again, with the Brazilian dribbling his way into the opposition penalty area. This time he readies to shoot, but Balenziaga intervenes at the final moment.
Minute 4: Rodrygo is looking lively
Rodrygo is into the starting line-up because of Asensio‘s injury and the Brazilian is looking to make the most of this opportunity. He has been able to run at Balenziaga twice now already.
Minute 1: Kick off!
Here we go, then! Let’s find out who will lift the first trophy of the 2021/22 Spanish football. Will it be last year’s Supercopa winners Athletic? Or will Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid pick up the silverware.
18:25 GMT: The players are in the tunnel
It’s almost time for this final, with the players waiting in the tunnel of the King Fahd Stadium. We’ll be bringing you minute-by-minute updates right here on this live blog, so stay tuned!
18:15 GMT: The third year of this Supercopa format
This is the third season with the final four format of the Supercopa de Espana. It’s also the third year in which the two finalists didn’t actually win either the previous season’s LaLiga Santander or Copa del Rey title.
18:05 GMT: Warm-ups time
The players are out for the warm-ups and, as usual, it’s the goalkeepers who come out the tunnel first. There are many fans already in the stands, most of them supporting Real Madrid.
17:50 GMT: Soto Grado is the Supercopa referee
It’s Cesar Soto Grado who’ll be refereeing this Supercopa de Espana final. This is the first final of his career, while it’s his second Athletic Club vs Real Madrid this season, after also overseeing the 2-1 game in Bilbao.
17:15 GMT: The Athletic line-up is confirmed too
We now have the Athletic Club starting line-up too. They’ll set out with: Unai Simon; Oscar de Marcos, Inigo Martinez, Yeray Alvarez, Mikel Balenziaga; Alex Berenguer, Oier Zarraga, Dani Garcia, Iker Munian; Oihan Sancet, Inaki Williams.
16:40 GMT: A look inside the Real Madrid dressing room
Real Madrid have offered their followers on social media a look inside the team’s dressing room at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh. They’re ready for this final, which will kick off in just under two hours.
16:20 GMT: Real Madrid release their starting XI already
Real Madrid have released their starting line-up even earlier than usual, more than two and a half hours before the game. They’ll set out with: Courtois; Lucas, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.
16:00 GMT: The first final between Real Madrid and Athletic since 1958
Real Madrid and Athletic Club may be two of the most historic clubs in Spanish football, but they haven’t actually met in a final since the 1958 Copa del Rey final, back when it was called the Copa del Generalisimo. Then, Athletic won the match 2-0.
15:30 GMT: Athletic Club vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups
Athletic Club’s predicted line-up (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Oscar de Marcos, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga; Alex Berenguer, Mikel Vesga, Dani Garcia, Iker Muniain; Oihan Sancet, Inaki Williams.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo Goes, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
15:00 GMT: Where to watch Athletic Club vs Real Madrid
The Supercopa final will take place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, January 16. For those living in the USA, you can watch the game live on ESPN or ESPN Deportes, as well as online on fuboTV. Fans in the UK can watch on BT Sport 1 or the BT Sport app.