Athletic vs Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup final times, TV, how to watch online
Athletic Club and Real Madrid face off in the final of the 2021/22 Spanish Super Cup at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: preview
Athletic Club can become the first side to retain the Spanish Super Cup since its expansion to a four-team tournament when they take on Real Madrid at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium on Sunday.
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Athletic reached the trophy decider by defeating LaLiga champions Atlético Madrid in Thursday’s semi-final, late goals by Yeray Álvarez and Nico Williams giving the Basques a 2-1 win over Diego Simeone’s men.
Meanwhile, Madrid saw off Barcelona in a thrilling last-four clash on Wednesday, Fede Valverde’s extra-time winner earning Los Blancos a 3-2 triumph over their arch rivals.
Sunday’s final is a clash between the teams to have lifted the revamped Super Cup so far: Madrid were its inaugural winners in 2019/20, beating Atlético in a final penalty shoot-out in Jeddah, before Athletic claimed the trophy 12 months ago with an entertaining extra-time victory over Barça in Seville.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: team news
Semi-final goalscorer Nico Williams is expected to come into the Athletic Club midfield together with Mikel Vesga, with Oier Zarraga and Álex Berenguer making way. In attack, Raúl García - who has been a public critic of the decision to play the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia - is set to partner Iñaki Williams in place of Oihan Sancet.
Yuri Berchiche and Unai Núñez are both fit again after injury lay-offs - the former returned as a substitute in the win over Atlético - but are not likely to start.
As for Real Madrid, right-back Dani Carvajal has been ruled out of the final after contracting covid-19, and is expected to be replaced by Lucas Vázquez. In central defence, meanwhile, David Alaba remains a doubt after missing the semi-final with a muscle problem. Nacho Fernández will again deputise for Alaba if the Austrian doesn’t make it.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: potential line-ups
Athletic Club: Unai Simón, De Marcos, Yeray, Íñigo Martínez, Balenziaga, Nico Williams, Vesga, Dani García, Muniain, Raúl García, Iñaki Williams
Real Madrid: Courtois, Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Alaba/Nacho, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinícius
What time does Athletic Club vs Real Madrid kick off?
The 2021/22 Spanish Super Cup final between Athletic Club and Real Madrid will kick off at King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, at 9:30pm local time (AST) on Sunday 16 January 2022.
In the US, that’s 1:30pm ET and 10:30am PT. In the UK, the game gets going at 6:30pm (GMT).
Find out what time the Spanish Super Cup final starts wherever you are in the world.
Where can I watch Athletic Club vs Real Madrid?
In the US and the UK, the following TV channels and online services will be showing Athletic Club vs Real Madrid:
US: ESPN+, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes+
UK: BTSport.com, BT Sport 3, BT Sport App
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: live with AS USA
You’ll also be able to follow the Spanish Super Cup final with AS USA’s live-text coverage. Rob Train will be building up to the game in the Saudi capital from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before talking you through the action.