The 2023 Supercopa de Espana final takes place tonight with an El Clasico duel in the desert as Real Madrid take on Barcelona. The Saudi city of Riyadh hosts the culmination of the mid-season mini tournament between the best Spanish clubs.
Both teams reached the final with a heavy dose of drama as penalty shootouts were required. Thibaut Courtois was Los Blancos’ hero as they beat Valencia in the semi-finals, following a 1-1 draw while Copa del Rey winners Real Betis refused to go down without a fight against Barcelona, finally succumbing in the shootout after two equalizers in 120 minutes.
Since 2017, the Spanish Super Cup has not been contested between the Clasico rivals and Real have won their last two meetings in this final, and they won their LaLiga encounter earlier in the campaign. They will be set to grab Barcelona’s record 13 Supercopa crowns, with just one title separating the teams in the all-time standings. Follow El Clasico via Standard Sport’s live match blog!
GGGOOOOOAAALLLL!!! Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona
68 minutes: PEDRI GETS INTO THE ACT!
67 minutes: Dembele twists and turns against Rudiger – the flag goes up though.
Araujo booked while Real play fast and Vinicius is landed.
65 minutes: Modric removed, it’s a surprise. Hardly the worst player on the pitch.
64 minutes: Ancelotti turns to his bench again and Ceballos will soon enter the fray. Lots of power among Madrid’s subs but few in-form players, at the top of their game.
Benzema, however, is looking to force the issue with a fine passing move that has just succumbed to pressure from Barcelona.
61 minutes: Not seen much from Pedri today and he sends an oblique pass into the ref’s stomach. A falling ball continues their possession spell.
58 mins: From start to finish now, a great game of football!
Dembele’s last run is stifled as Balde picks it up and almost picks Gavi out of the box.
Then it’s Vinicius’ turn although Benzema fails to get the ball off his feet at the 18-yard line.
56 mins: Rudiger heads a header high and over the bar under good pressure from De Jong at the far post.
54 minutes: Another smart run from Dembele and Rudiger can’t touch it as Carvajal clears.
The ball comes back and Courtois denies Lewandowski from a very tight angle.
Is 3-0 on the horizon? !
Luck of Barcelona!
51 minutes: Nothing spectacular from the capital club so far as Vinicius is caught offside.
A goal will change things for sure, but Barcelona look good and Balde finds Dembele with a flurry forward…
Courtois saves with his legs!
49 mins: Madrid aren’t happy as Christensen brings Rodrygo back quite convincingly. Yellow card.