Marcelino will be pleased as punch with that one. Zinedine Zidane? Not so much. But there’s plenty of time for the pendulum to swing in this one.

It is Raul Garcia at the double to put Athletic Bilbao into the driving seat against Real Madrid – and one half of football away from the Supercopa de Espana final. Los Blancos will be left to rue their chances; they have an uphill task ahead. Half-time in Malaga, it is Real Madrid 0-2 Athletic Bilbao.


45′ It’s Bilbao who marshal the last chance of the half – and Courtois makes the stop! It’s close to being three before the break. That half-time whistle is music to Madrid’s ears.

43′ Kroos now pops an effort in that leaves the keeper untroubled as Madrid push with ferocity for a response. They’re running out of time to find one ahead of half-time.

42′ Garcia is looking for that hat-trick – in the first half, no less, against Real Madrid! – and he should probably do better with the ball sent his way. Los Blancos see it out for a corner and sturdily defend.

40′ That was sloppy from Zinedine Zidane’s side and he knows it. His team really need to find a response before the break or they will face a mountain to climb after it.

Raúl García

Penalty Goal

Athletic Club

38′ GOAL! RAUL GARCIA MAKES IT TWO FOR ATHLETIC BILBAO! 2-0! A double for the striker and a coolly composed finish from the spot as he strokes it in at the right post, Courtois sent skimming the other way. Madrid pay the price there.

Lucas Vázquez

Yellow Card

Real Madrid

37′ Penalty to Bilbao! Oh, Vazquez should not be doing that, absolutely clattering Martinez as he dinks into the box to collect a cross. It is a spot-kick, plain and simple, no VAR about it. The defender gets booked for his troubles too.

36′ Williams feeds Garcia into the box and the Bilbao man should arguably do better with his finish. The corner is cleared away by Madrid, but they are back under pressure again a moment later.

34′ The ball has broadly been in Madrid’s court so far when it comes to possession – they have enjoyed two-thirds of it overall. Let’s see if they can convert it into an equaliser before the break.

28′ Hazard, Kroos and Benzema combine to pop a lovely ball into the Bilbao box and find only Martinez to head away. Benzema comes once more and punches his finish into the side netting.

26′ Kroos spots an opportunity and strokes a finish over the crossbar, chewing his lip as he walks away. A moment later, Asensio cuts in on a lovely run from the right flank and pushes a shot across goal.

24′ Raul Garcia! The forward tries to make it two with a sweeping shot hooked wide of the near-right post from the lip of the Madrid box. Close but no cigar.

22′ Bilbao’s first corner of the game almost falls kindly for Nunez but the defender can’t quite wrestle control back from the set-piece. A second could be a game-changer for the leaders here.

20′ There’s a long way to go in this game but Bilbao will be on cloud nine. They had lost a player by this point in their last encounter with Madrid, but there’s no sign of a card yet in this game.

Dani García


Athletic Club

18′ Zinedine Zidane looks less than impressed with that down on the sidelines and rightfully so. It is a poor showing at the back from his defence, Ramos out of place as the ball trundled through. Madrid trail inside the first quarter.

Raúl García


Athletic Club

18′ GOAL! RAUL GARCIA OPENS THINGS FOR ATHLETIC BILBAO! 1-0! It is a peach of a throughball from Dani Garcia and Madrid’s defence should really do better as the striker latches onto it and sweeps a cool finish past Courtois. Glorious stuff!

18′ Now Williams skews an attempted volley wide from the lip of the Madrid box. Bilbao are well in this contest.

17′ Ramos! The Madrid man has the best chance of the game so far, nudging a Kroos free-kick swung in off the right edge straight to the keeper with a headed finish.

15′ Kroos has more of a nibble at a Bilbao midfielder than he should and concedes the foul close to halfway. La Rosaleda Stadium must be on a flight path, the shouts on the pitch are being drowned out by the sound of jet turbines overhead.

13′ Hazard thinks he should have a penalty after a well-executed lob pass sees him felled by Nunez in his attempts to collect. The referee sees now issue and Madrid waste their resulting corner to boot.

11′ A third Madrid corner inside this opening passage now and Bilbao see it away industriously. This is shaping up to be a see-saw match; just what you’d hope for in a game of knockout football.

9′ Vazquez has to execute some heroics around his own box as Bilbao make an opportunity out of nothing thanks to a fantastic slide challenge and lob pass. Madrid mop up under pressure.

7′ Ramos is pinged for a sloppy challenge in midfield and Bilbao play their set-piece wide down the right flank rather than straight into the box. Their overlap has vision and proves just too heavy-footed.

5′ Bilbao withstand a first and then a second corner, before breaking down the opposite end. They fail to convert a chance and Madrid counter straight back, though Modric wastes the final shot.

3′ Early signs of promise for Bilbao give way to the first corner of the game for Madrid down the other end after Nunez is forced to stave off a promising set-play by Los Blancos.

1′ We are underway in this Supercopa de Espana clash between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao!

The teams are out in Malaga and we’re moments away from kick-off.

These sides only met last month of course, when Madrid ran out 3-1 winners against 10-men Bilbao in La Liga. A repeat of that would suit Los Blancos just fine.

It’s obviously quite recent history for Madrid in this competition – but it wasn’t too long ago Bilbao picked up the Supercopa de Espana themselves. As 2015 Copa runners-up, they faced Barcelona following the latter’s domestic double and promptly trounced them 5-1 on aggregate later that year.

Subs: Jon Morcillo, Yeray Alvarez, Mikel Vesga, Ibai Gomez, Alejandro Berenguer Remiro, Jokin Ezkieta, Ingo Lekue, Oihan Sancet, Asier Villalibre.

ATHLETIC BILBAO (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Ander Capa, Unai Nunez, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga; Oscar de Marcos, Dani Garcia, Unai Vencedor, Iker Muniain; Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams.

Subs: Eder Militao, Nacho, Marcelo Vieira, Andriy Lunin, Federico Valverde, Vinicius Junior, Martin Odegaard, Isco, Mariano.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.

The big news is that Madrid are unchanged from the side held by Osasuna over the weekend, with Zidane keeping the faith in his starting XI. Inaki Williams partners Raul Garcia in attack for Bilbao.

Sociedad were unable to make it two finals in the space of four months on Wednesday when they were edged in a penalty shootout by Barcelona, which means the Blaugrana await the winners. Both sides know there’s a lot on the table in here.

But between Zinedine Zidane and yet more silverware are 2020 Copa del Rey finalists Bilbao – who, in a weird quirk of pandemic-related fate, are yet to even play that match, with their tie against Real Sociedad in April. It’s been a strange 12 months.

It’s the second iteration of Spain’s super cup tournament as a four-team event, following on from last term’s maiden expansion – and it was Madrid who took home inaugural honours. Victory today takes them a match away from a repeat of such a feat.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Supercopa de Espana, as holders Real Madrid look to seal a consecutive berth in the showpiece match against Athletic Bilbao at La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga.