Wherever it's played and whatever the stakes the Clasico will never cease being must-watch. On Wednesday, eternal rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in Saudi Arabia in a loser-go-home Spanish Supercopa semifinal.
After a difficult start to the season, a managerial change and a previous 2-1 league loss to Madrid, Barcelona will actually have some hope to spring the surprise in this one: New signing Ferran Torres will make his debut for the Blaugrana and he'll start from the opening minute after his $55 million transfer from Manchester City. Midfield star Pedri is also on the bench.
Real Madrid is the favorite in the match and rightly so: The Merengues have been a machine in the return of Carlo Ancelotti as manager and they've been led by rising star Vinicius Junior and the ever-dependable Karim Benzema. Their scoring exploits have Madrid at the top of La Liga, 16 points ahead of Barcelona, and eyeing more silverware in Saudi Arabia.
The Spanish Supercopa pits the La Liga winner and runner-up against the Copa del Rey winner and runner-up in single-game semifinals and a final which takes place on Sunday.
Sporting News will be following the event live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid live score
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3rd min.: It's Karim Benzema with the first attempt of the day after a bad pass attempt and turnover by Dani Alves. The shot goes high and Barcelona gets off easy there. Benzema is hot (22 goals in 25 games) and he's bound to score if he gets those kinds of looks.
1st min.: We're off. We'll see where Ferran Torres lines up for Barcelona.
1:32 p.m. : New Barcelona signing Ferran Torres is ready for his debut, and it comes in El Clasico, nonetheless. The whole squad has arrived at the stadium in Riyadh.
1:25 p.m.: Dani Alves will be plenty motivated to face Real Madrid for the first time since his return.
The last time Dani Alves played in El Clasico, Barca's front three was Neymar, Suarez and Messi.
Tonight, Ferran Torres, Luuk de Jong and Ousmane Dembele lead the line 👀 pic.twitter.com/ypmninqWQK
Supercopa lineups for El Clasico
A day after officially being cleared to register for the club, new signing Ferran Torres will get to start against Real Madrid for his Barcelona debut. He recovered in time from a positive COVID-19 test to travel to Saudi Arabia along with young midfielder Pedri , who starts on the bench.
Luuk de Jong gets the start over Dutchman Memphis Depay , who will be a sub. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati makes the bench but American Sergino Dest , who's been the subject of January transfer rumors, does not.
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3, 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 subs (10): Neto (GK), Inaki Pena (GK), O. Mingueza, Lenglet, Riqui Puig, Pedri, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Jutgla, EZ Abde
Real Madrid supposedly had a fit squad for this event, but David Alaba felt muscle discomfort after training the day before the match and had to bow out with Nacho taking his place in defense.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti opted for Dani Carvajal over Lucas Vazquez at right back and Marco Asensio over Rodrygo at right wing.
Real Madrid projected starting lineup (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 subs (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, Jan. 12
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Spanish TV: ESPN Deportes
- Streaming: fuboTV , ESPN+, WatchESPN.com (authenticated users only)
Wednesday's Supercopa de Espana semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and streamed on ESPN+ (subscribers) and WatchESPN (authentication required).