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Real Madrid win Spanish Super Cup while Modric and Benzema defeat Bilbao

Real Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after eight years without a final, beating Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia. (Author: Gardener)

Spanish Super CupThe ever-young Luca Modric dominated the Spanish Super Cup final, scoring the opening goal in Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. He had also helped score the goal by having his share of a passing game that started at Thibaut Courtois' feet and went through Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Modric before heading to Rodrygo. The Brazilian winger drew three Athletic defenders towards him and when he threw the ball at the freer Modric, the star of so many Madrid final victories, he gave them the lead in their first trophy fight of the season. Showing no sign of slowing down, the indestructible midfielder floated through the rest of the game, pinging passes, slicing away opposing attacks and even managing to take down Athletic substitute Mikel Vesga. His opening goal was no more than Real Madrid deserved. They had threatened that Eder Militao sent a chance over the goal after a Kroos cross. And Casemiro then forced two saves from Unai Simon. First, he tried to sneak a shot from long range into the Athletic keeper's near post. And then the midfielder rose highest from the corner, this time forcing Simon to tip over. Bilbao tried to upset Madrid but failed to capitalize on one of their 14 goal attempts. Athletic had a harder time creating chances and was closest to worrying the scorers when Inaki Williams made a clear run on after a pass from Oihan Sancet and David Alaba blocked his shot with his hand. Sancet also intervened between Lucas Vazquez and Militao but shot just over. Nico Williams came on for Alex Berenguer at the break as Marcelino tried to change the game but it was Real Madrid who scored next. Karim Benzema's shot was blocked by Yeray with a raised arm and while reviewing the incident on the sidelines, Cesar Soto Grado pointed to the spot. Benzema scored despite Simon going the right way. He got close but not close enough and he took his frustration out on the goal frame by hitting the post. Athletic weren't done yet and with Raul Garcia on the bench they pushed forward. He headed just wide and drew a fine block from Militao in another attack. He also forced a late chance to sneak back into the game for Athletic. Militao blocked Garcia's goal-bound header and was sent off with a penalty. Courtois saved his kick with his foot and Athletic's last chance to repeat last year's Supercup win was wasted. This is his first trophy in his second era as Real Madrid manager and it is Modric and Benzema who do the business for him on the pitch, just like in his first spell.

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Real Madrid defeated Athletic 2-0 to claim the Supercup title

Plus: Rennes bounces back from three straight defeats in style by beating Bordeaux in Ligue 1; Eintracht Frankfurt's European hopes collapsed after the 1-1 draw at Augsburg, who were threatened with relegation (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia. Real took the lead in the 38th minute at Riyadh's King Fahd International Stadium after Rodrygo sprinted past two defenders before passing to Modric, who put in a shot into the back net. Benzema extended his lead in the second half with a penalty after the video assistant referee spotted a handball from Yeray Alvarez in the box. Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois brilliantly stopped Raul Garcia's penalty with his left foot in the final seconds. Sergio Oliveira scored a penalty on his AS Roma debut as Jose Mourinho's side ended a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 relegation win against Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday. Portuguese midfielder Oliveira, who was loaned to the capital club from Porto on Wednesday, converted a 32nd-minute penalty after Dalbert's handball. Jordan Veretout and Nicolo Zaniolo threatened the hosts with a second after the break, but Cagliari had the best chance when Rui Patricio deflected a close-range shot from Joao Pedro onto the bar five minutes from time. It was Roma's first win in almost a month after they clinched a point in three games and put Mourinho's side sixth on 35 points, six behind fifth-place Juventus. Cagliari's attempt to avoid relegation was boosted by back-to-back victories earlier in the year, but they were sidelined with 11 players due to injuries, COVID-19 and Africa Cup of Nations duties for their trip to the capital and a loss left them 18th with 16 points. Antonin Barak scored a hat-trick in Hellas Verona's 4-2 win in Sassuolo to put Igor Tudor's side above the hosts in the top half of the table. Rennes bounced back from three straight defeats in style by beating ailing Bordeaux 6-0 at home and reclaiming fourth place in the French league on Sunday. Striker Gaetan Laborde and winger Martin Terrier have each scored 10 league goals this season - as many as Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Laborde scored on the hour before Adrien Truffert scored in the 69th minute and substitute Serhou Guirassy struck twice in the closing stages. In Philippe Clement's first home game as Monaco manager, French striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in a 4-0 home win over Clermont. Strasbourg climbed to sixth place after a 3-1 home win over Montpellier, who were aiming for a fifth straight win. Midfielder Florent Mollet gave Montpellier an early lead but Strasbourg scored three times in the last 15 minutes through Majeed Waris, Adrien Thomasson and veteran striker Kevin Gameiro. Later on Sunday, third-placed Marseille host holders Lille, who need a win to level on points with second-placed Nice. With key players missing in isolation with coronavirus, Eintracht Frankfurt's ambitions to battle for European qualification were dashed on Sunday as they drew 1-1 at relegation-threatened Augsburg. With Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and winger Filip Kostic both unavailable after positive tests, an otherwise dreary game was livened up by two moments of individual skill at goal. Playmaker Daichi Kamada put Frankfurt ahead in the 22nd minute when he ran for a through ball and leapfrogged goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz before tipping the ball into the net under pressure from a defender. Frankfurt were looking for a win to boost morale after giving up a two-goal lead to lose to Borussia Dortmund 3-2 last week but had to settle for a point that left the team in eighth holds space. Frankfurt's winless start to the new year is a blow for a side who have started the season poorly but have bounced back with victories in six of their last seven Bundesliga games of 2021 to get back in contention for European qualification. Augsburg produced one of the shocks of the season when they beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in November but have won just once in seven games since then and sit just above the relegation play-off spot, which is a cause for concern if there is staying in the top division for 11 years could be in jeopardy. Gonzalo Castro saved Bielefeld a point with an 83rd-minute goal as Furth neared their second win since returning to the top flight.

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Supercopa result, match stream and latest updates today

Athletic will look to defend their Supercopa de Espana crown when they meet Real Madrid in the final in Riyadh tonight. Real have lost just one of their last 19 games in all competitions and the La Liga leaders are the heavy favorites to beat Athletic tonight. (Author: Gardener)

todayAthletic will look to defend their Supercopa de Espana crown when they meet Real Madrid in the final in Riyadh tonight. Last year they beat Barcelona 3-2 in the final and after a late comeback to defeat Atletico Madrid in the semis earlier this week, Athletic will be confident against Real. Carlo Ancelotti's side secured their place in the final with a win in extra time over Barcelona, ​​​​Federico Valverde the hero as he scored the winner and they lifted the trophy as the competition last played in Saudi Arabia came to an end. Real have lost just one of their last 19 games in all competitions and the La Liga leaders are the heavy favorites to beat Athletic tonight. They also have the added boost of already two wins against Athletic this season. Modric puts Real ahead from the edge of the box Real Madrid lifted their first silver prize of the season after beating Athletic Club 2-0 in the Supercopa de Espana final. Luka Modric put his side ahead in the first half before Karim Benzema doubled the lead with his 24th goal of the season with a penalty after the break. Eder Militao was sent off late for a handball but Thibaut Courtois saved Raul Garcia's penalty to end Athletic hopes of a late comeback. Click here for our full match report as Real lifted the trophy. Real Madrid have their first silverware of the season and the first of Carlo Ancelotti's second spell. Luca Modrid and Karim Benzema with the goals in the 2-0 win as Courtois' late save prevented any late drama. Really the much better side and they have the trophy to show for it. 90+3 mins: Valverde has it in his own corner, heeling out to retain possession and take the pressure off. Apart from that handball from Militao, it was a really professional performance from Real. 90 mins: Vazquez out, Fernandez for the last few minutes. Athletic knows their chance is gone. As it stands, these four minutes of stoppage time should be a procession for Real. Raul Garcia sees his penalty saved by Courtois! Directly in the middle, Courtois dives to the right but sticks a leg out and it's saved. 86 mins: Ancelotti is just trying to watch this match now. The left-back has 18 trophies to his credit as a Real Madrid player and is about five minutes away from making it 19. Yuri holds up a nice ball, Garcia throws it and it deflects off Militao and over the bar. 84 mins: The pressure is building and there's a bit of chaos in the Real box. Nico Williams digs out a nice cross and Militao shoots it against Serrana and it bounces back on goal but Courtois is alert to win the ball. 82 mins: Beginning to become a bit of an Athletic shoot-on-sight. Serrana slices inwards and flies straight at Courtois from a distance. Real barely had a touch in the last five minutes but that wouldn't bother them too much. 80 minutes: Martinez prepares a free-kick from 25 yards. Time is really running out for Athletic. 78 mins: Garcia in the book for Athletic after an unnecessary foul on Vinicius. 76 minutes: Athletic's corner, taken briefly by Muniain. Finally it's whipped into the crate to the far post and it's a great delivery. Garcia and Yuri both go for it and probably get in each other's way as it goes into the sidenet. 75 mins: Nice move from Vazquez to send the ball to Benzema and he turns around to keep possession. Casemiro, Kroos and Modric aren't the three midfielders you want to play when you're following a game, they don't look like they'll ever lose the ball. 72 mins: Good from Nico Williams, runs for a ball on the line. Cuts inside and tries to stick him in the penalty area but Real doubles him and forces the forward out. A hopeful ball from Athletic that drifts harmlessly out for a goal kick. 70 mins: A goal and Athletic will be right back. Unfortunately, it doesn't look too likely for them. They look good until they get to within 30 yards of the gate and then they look just short of options. Muniain gets the ball but can't find the killer pass yet. 67 mins: Martinez puts quite the pressure on Simon as he swims a back pass to his keeper. Benzema follows with interest but it's a perfect first touch from Simon to get things back under control. Real don't show much urgency going forward and are content with just maintaining possession. 64 minutes: First substitution of the night by Carlo Ancelotti. Valverde was the hero against Barcelona in the semifinals. Real don't need him to create a winner tonight, they will be lucky enough if he just helps keep things solid. 63 mins: Nico Williams slides a try back over the goal and it falls to his teammate Garcia at the near post. However, he can't quite direct it towards goal from six yards out. Athletic certainly puts more pressure, but leaves the back open. 61 minutes: The game is suddenly incredibly stretched. Nico Williams drives in but Casemiro does what Casemiro does and eliminates the hazard. Real try to break through but Rodrygo's pass is loose and Athletic are back in attack straight away. 58 mins: Militao doesn't impress at all as he tries to pass the ball through to Courtois, but just manages to get it back to the keeper when he loses his balance. 56 mins: Rodrygo with another run on Balenziaga, this time the ball is in a loose spot and Athletic clear it. 54 mins: Alvarez will consider himself very unhappy with this decision, there wasn't much he could have done about it. Muniain can fly from well over 30 yards, and it's miles over the bar. Has the Frenchman taken the game past Athletic? Goalkeeper goes in the right direction but is hammered into the corner by Benzema. 51 min: And the referee points to the point! Benzema shrugged off his shot completely, jumping up and hitting an arm. 50 mins: Benzema's shot is blocked by a hand and leaps out for a goal kick. That could become a real problem for Athletic. 48 min: Real started the second half well and twirled the ball around with a lot of confidence. The ball lashes out at Benzema, who makes a good run to the near post, but the cross sails over his head. 46 mins: Barely ten seconds played and Vinicius is already behind before sending a shot over the bar. We will indeed see Nico Williams, he came on for Athletic Club at the break. Athletic came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid in the semifinals so they won't panic just yet. Imagine Nico Williams being taken off the bench again if that stays the case. Four shots for Athletic but none on target as they didn't take chances on the counter. Real went into the break towards the end of the half thanks to Luka Modric's beautiful finish. Still good enough against an Athletic team that hasn't really gotten going at all. 45 minutes: That was better. Balenziaga puts a good ball into the box, Sancet lets it run and the ball almost falls into the box for Williams. Sancet then works the ball on his right foot and sends a great curl effort on goal. 43rd Min .: Athletic must now improve significantly. So far very little offered for the future. Considering how this match has gone so far, they'd be pretty happy going into the break just down and then regrouping. 41 mins: Rodrygo was probably the best player on the pitch and he's on another dangerous run. Plays it back to Modric, who considers another shot but plays wide to Vazquez. Out on Modric on the edge of the box, who can't get enough of the ball at the moment. REAL TAKE THE LEAD IN THE SUPERCOPA! Luka Modric with the goal and it's a nice goal. Rodrygo runs straight towards the defense and then lays it down for Modric on the edge of the penalty area. 36 mins: Sancet is not happy when Casemiro challenges him. Athletic see more of the ball as the half progresses but have struggled to create anything so far. 34 mins: Rodrygo catches Muniain and Athletic take a free-kick in a very good position. Good angle for a right foot to whip something into the box. Benzema heads out of his own six-yard box and wins the free-kick just as he does. 31 mins: Williams shows good strength down the center line to keep the ball up and wins the foul as Militao is too aggressive. De Marcos plays a nice ball inside and Williams has space on the edge of the box for a short time. 29 mins: Casemiro grinds a header from the corner at goal, Simon is careful and flips it over. The second corner finally comes to Vinicius who can have his first run of the night and it's brilliant. Completely hits Balenziaga but doesn't make the best of it as the ball is in bad shape. 27 min: Kroos with another corner and it runs through to Modric. He puts it back in the box but walks away. Berenguer and Williams fly up the pitch for Athletic while trying to break... Casemiro then charges forward and shoots from a very tight angle, Simon flips him over. 26 mins: De Marcos comes forward on the right and it's a nice ball for him. Control is decent but he panics when Mendy comes out to close and take him to the ground and the cross is right out of the game. Athletic need to be a little more patient when they find themselves on the pitch. 24 mins: Mendy tries to snip through the Athletic defense after Vinicius sold him a bit short with the pass. Kroos then makes the foul to stop any counterattack, with Real signing many bodies up front. 22 mins: Real's turn to try their luck from a corner as Rodrygo's attempted withdrawal is cleared at the back. Kroos with a decent throw-in bounces around the penalty area before eventually smashing the pitch. 20 mins: Heavy pass forces Berenguer wide and Alaba is over to see it for a goal kick. There wasn't much activity in the opening 20 minutes but Kroos and Modric looked as orderly as ever as they controlled things in midfield. 18 mins: Kroos pings it right to Rodrygo and it's a nice touch from the Brazilian to bring it down. Benzema holds back on the edge of the box and it's passed to him... Slap shot just wide of the far post. 16 mins: Athletic corner, chance for them to test Madrid's defence. Muniain takes it and it goes deep towards the back post. 14 mins: Everything goes down, Real are on the right, Vazquez stays as wide as he can and he's getting space. The ball is whipped in towards Benzema but too much on the flank and it's chested back to Simon. 12 mins: Athletic is starting to grow into the game and offers a threat going forward. Sancet tries to force his way through the defence, but the ball doesn't quite land for him in the penalty area and Real handle it. 11 min: Vasquez has a lot of space on the right wing, but no one in the penalty area for Real. Plays it back to Benzema instead and he combines really nicely with Rodrygo, but then the ball is heavy. Athletic head straight into the break and Williams insists they should have a handball penalty. 8 mins: Rodrygo has made a good start on his return to the grid. Drives into the box and works him on his right foot, Balenziaga comes back and pushes him away just as Rodrygo ordered the shot. 7 mins: Real give it away for what feels like the first time and Athletic rush things, quickly overplaying it towards Williams. Benzema tries to find some space up front but runs out for a goal kick. The crowd gets very excited every time the Frenchman gets the ball. 5 mins: Athletic push this time while Real play from behind and Modric has to be alert in his own box before whipping out Vasquez. In the first five minutes everything Real in terms of ball possession, they seem very ball-safe. 3 minutes: Nice move from Real, Athletic opens almost completely. Modric wide to Vasquez who plays a nice back pass back to Casemiro. He puts it down on Rodrygo who gets a shot away but he gets blocked in the penalty area. 2 mins: Vinicius sends a long back pass towards Courtois, not a great ball at all and the keeper has to head it away to prevent him going for the corner. Athletic happy to be in solid form and let Real defend in the early stages. But I don't want to give Kroos and Modric that much time. Here we go, almost time to get this finale up and running. Lots of goals and drama in the semis... Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema ripped Barcelona apart in the semis with a counterattack. They have been in brilliant form this season and if Athletic give the Real duo space tonight they could be in real trouble. At Athletic, Inaki Williams starts up front with his brother Nico, who scored the winner against Atletico Madrid to send his side through to the final, on the bench. 20 minutes until kick-off in Riyadh. Athletic are looking to lift the trophy for the second year in a row while Real hope to continue their impressive season so far by clinching trophies early on. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said his team will have to play a different game than they did against Barcelona but is confident they are capable of it. “The strength of this team does not lie in having a single identity, because there are many sides to football – possession, set pieces, counterattacks, long balls. Athletic Club vs. Real Madrid is the second most played clash in Spanish football history, beaten only by El Clasico. But Athletic and Real have not faced each other in a cup final since 1958. The Basque club prevailed 2-0 in the Copa del Rey final. Athletic Club came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the semifinals earlier this week. Unai Simon's own goal just after the hour put real pressure on his side to get back in the game and they were up to the task when Yeray Alvarez equalized with 13 minutes remaining. Nico Williams came off the bench and scored four minutes later to put Athletic ahead and they held on to secure the win. Jose Gimenez was sent off for Atlético when the referee dealt the cards in a chaotic stoppage time. Federico Valverde scored an extra-time winner as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 to reach the Spanish Super Cup final in an El Clasico thriller. Vinicius Junior scored the first goal of the game before Luuk de Jong equalized for Barcelona as the teams went into the break. Karim Benzema's strike was then equalized by Ansu Fati as the game went past 90 minutes and it was Real who found the winner in extra time as Valverde put the finishing touches on a devastating counterattack. Read the full semi-final report here. Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid are favorites to win, but the two previous games between the sides this season have been close affairs. Ancelotti's side won 1-0 at home and then won 2-1 away against Athletic. So it's reasonable to expect another close encounter with the class, which will eventually show itself. So Alaba passes a late fitness test and starts for Real, it's a big boost for them. Rodrygo concedes the nod to start alongside Vinicius and Benzema in what appears to be an exciting front. Also enough for Ancelotti on the bench if necessary... Athletic are likely to be without Unai Nunez, Unai Vencedor, Ander Capa and Asier Villalibre in the final. Nico Williams came off the bench in the semi-finals to score a winner in the 81st minute and that could be enough to earn a start up front, possibly alongside brother Inaki. Coverage begins at 18:00 GMT, with kick-off 30 minutes later. Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of the Supercopa Final between Athletic Club and Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona were eliminated in the semifinals earlier this week, leaving us up against Athletic and Real in Saudi Arabia. Athletic won the trophy last season but Real come into the game as clear favorites, having lost just one in their last 19 games in all competitions.

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Supercopa result, match stream and latest updates today

Athletic Club 0-2 Real Madrid LIVE! Benzema goal - Supercopa result, match stream and the latest updates today - (Author: Gardener)

todayAthletic will look to defend their Supercopa de Espana crown when they meet Real Madrid in the final in Riyadh tonight. Last year they beat Barcelona 3-2 in the final and after a late comeback to defeat Atletico Madrid in the semis earlier this week, Athletic will be confident against Real. Carlo Ancelotti's side booked their place in the final with an extra-time win over Barcelona, ​​Federico Valverde was the hero as he scored the winner and they lifted the trophy as the competition last played in Saudi Arabia Real have lost just one of their last 19 games in all competitions and the La Liga leaders are the favorites to beat Athletic tonight. They also have the added boost of already two wins against Athletic this season. Follow all the action with Standard Sport's LIVE blog below... Modric puts Real in front from the edge of the box 21:03 , Matt Verri Real Madrid lifted the first After beating Athletic Club 2-0 in the Supercopa final de Espana had been gifted them a trove of trophies this season.Luka Modric put his side ahead in the first half before Karim Benzema doubled the lead after the break with a penalty shoot-out, scoring his 24th goal of the season.Eder Militao was sent off late for a handball , but Thibaut Courtois saved Raul Garcia's penalty to end Athletic's hopes of a late comeback.Click here for our full match report as Real lifted the trophy. 🍷#Supercopa pic.twitter.com/ViJZlj2wVV - Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 16 2022 20:26 , Matt Verri Real Madrid has their first silverware of the season and the first of Carlo Ancelotti's second spell .Luca Modrid and Karim Benzema's goals in the 2-0 win as Courtois' late save prevented any late drama. Really the better team and they have the trophy to show for that. 20:25, Matt Verri 90+3 mins: Valverde has it in his own corner, bringing out his rear heel to maintain possession and take the pressure off. Apart from that handball from Militao, it was a really professional performance from Real. 8:22, Matt Verri 90 mins: Vazquez out, Fernandez for the last few minutes. Athletic knows their chance is gone. Had that penalty taken, we would have been set for a grandstand finish. As it stands, those four minutes of added time will likely be a procession for Real. 20:20, Matt Verri Well that should put an end to hopes of a comeback. Raul Garcia sees his penalty saved by Courtois! Directly in the middle, Courtois dives to the right but sticks a leg out and it's saved. 20:18, Matt Verri 86 minutes: Ancelotti is just trying to watch this match now. Marcelo is to replace Vinicius. The left-back has 18 trophies to his credit as a Real Madrid player and is about five minutes away from making it 19. Yuri holds up a nice ball, Garcia throws at it and he deflects Militao over the bar. 20:16, Matt Verri 84 minutes: The pressure is building and there is a bit of chaos in the real box. Nico Williams digs out a nice cross and Militao fires it at Serrana and she bounces back on goal but Courtois is alert to claim the ball. 20:14 , Matt Verri 82 mins: Beginning, a bit of a shoot-on To become an Athletic Sight. Serrana cuts inwards and lets Courtois straight in from a distance. Real barely had a touch in the last five minutes but that wouldn't bother them too much. 20:12, Matt Verri 80 minutes: Martinez prepares a free kick from 25 meters. Time is really running out for Athletic. 8:09, Matt Verri 78 mins: Garcia in the book for Athletic after an unnecessary foul on Vinicius. The challenge was bad enough but then made sure he was shown the yellow card by bending down and giving Vinicius a few choice words too. 20:08, Matt Verri 76 mins: Athletic's corner, taken short by Muniain. Finally it's whipped into the crate to the far post and it's a great delivery. Garcia and Yuri both go for it and probably get in each other's way as it goes into the sidenet. 20:06 , Matt Verri 75 mins: Nice movement from Vazquez to send the ball to Benzema and he turns around to keep possession. Casemiro, Kroos and Modric aren't the three midfielders you want to play when you're following a game, they don't look like they'll ever lose the ball. 20:04, Matt Verri 72 mins: Good by Nico Williams, runs for a ball on the line. Cuts inside and tries to stick him in the penalty area but Real double up and force the forward out. Then a hopeful ball from Athletic swings in and drifts out harmlessly for a goal kick. 20:02, Matt Verri 70 mins: One goal and Athletic will be right back. Unfortunately, it doesn't look too likely for them. They look good until they get to within 30 yards of the gate and then they look just short of options. Muniain, getting the ball, can't find the killer pass yet. 19:59, Matt Verri 67 mins: Martinez puts quite the pressure on Simon as he swims a back pass to his keeper. Benzema follows with interest but it's a perfect first touch from Simon to get things back under control. Real don't show much urgency going forward, content with simply maintaining possession. 19:56, Matt Verri 64 minutes: First substitution of the night by Carlo Ancelotti. Rodry goes out, Valverde continues. Valverde was the hero against Barcelona in the semifinals. Real don't need him to create a winner tonight, they will be lucky enough if he just helps keep things solid. 19:54, Matt Verri 63 mins: Nico Williams slides a try back over the goal and it falls to his teammate Garcia at the near post. However, he can't quite aim for goal from six yards out. Athletic puts more pressure, but leaves the back open. 19:53 , Matt Verri 61 minutes: The game is suddenly incredibly stretched. Nico Williams drives in but Casemiro does what Casemiro does and wipes up the danger. Real attempt to break through but Rodrygo's pass is loose and Athletic are back on the attack straight away. 19:50, Matt Verri 58 mins: Militao doesn't impress at all as he tries to get the ball through to Courtois, but he just manages to get it back to the keeper when he loses his balance. Williams isn't far from coming off clean there. 19:48, Matt Verri 56 mins: Rodrygo with another run at Balenziaga, this time the ball is loose and Athletic can clear it. Marcelino is preparing for some changes. 19:45, Matt Verri 54 minutes: Alvarez will consider himself very unhappy with this decision, there wasn't much he could have done about it. There's nothing he can do about it now though, Athletic need to get their focus back. Muniain can fly from well over 30 yards, and it's miles over the bar. 19:44 , Matt Verri Has the Frenchman taken the game past Athletic? Goalkeeper goes in the right direction but is hammered into the corner by Benzema. 19:43, Matt Verri 51 minutes: And the referee points to the point! Benzema shrugged off his shot completely, jumping up and hitting an arm. 19:42 , Matt Verri 50 mins: Benzema's shot is blocked by a hand and jumps out for goal kick. That could become a real problem for Athletic. The referee will look at the pitchside monitor. 19:40, Matt Verri 48 mins: Real started the second half well, turning the ball around with real confidence. The ball whipped towards Benzema, who makes a good run to the near post, but the cross sails over his head. 19:37 , Matt Verri 46 min: Barely ten seconds played and Vinicius is already behind before sending a shot over the bar. That would explain why he had so much space - far offside. 19:36 , Matt Verri We will indeed see Nico Williams, he came on for Athletic Club at the break. 19:31 , Matt Verri Athletic came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid in the semifinals so they won't panic just yet. They've looked relatively solid at the back, are in the process of finding a more clinical touch when they bring numbers up front. Imagine Nico Williams being called off the bench again if it stays that way. Four shots for Athletic but none on target as they didn't take chances on the counter. 19:19 , Matt Verri Real go into the break with a lead thanks to Luka Modric's nice finish late in the half. They controlled possession for most of the half but weren't at their best. Still good enough against an Athletic team that hasn't gotten going at all so far. Balenziaga puts a good ball into the box, Sancet lets it run and the ball almost falls into the box for Williams. Sancet then works the ball onto his right foot and sends a great flick on goal. 19:15 , Matt Verri 43 min: Athletic needs to improve significantly now. So far only very little offered forward. They'd be pretty happy going into the break just down and then regrouping considering how this match has gone so far. 19:13, Matt Verri 41 mins: Rodrygo was probably the best player on the pitch and he's on another dangerous run. Plays it back to Modric, who considers another shot but plays wide to Vazquez. His cross is deflected to the corner. Out on Modric on the edge of the box, who can't get enough of the ball at the moment. 19:10 , Matt Verri REAL TAKE THE LEAD IN SUPERCOPA!Luka Modric with the goal and it's a nice goal. Rodrygo runs straight towards the defense and then lays it down for Modric on the edge of the box. He circles it nicely past Simon into the corner. 19:08, Matt Verri 36 mins: Sancet is not happy when Casemiro challenges him. Nothing wrong with that though, it just must have been a slightly clumsy landing. Athletic sees more off the ball as the half progresses but they have struggled to create anything so far. 19:06, Matt Verri 34 mins: Rodrygo catches Muniain and Athletic take a free kick in a very promising position. Good angle for a right foot to whip something into the box. Muniain scores it himself... Benzema heads it out from his own six-yard box and wins the free-kick as he does. 19:03, Matt Verri 31 mins: Williams shows good strength down the center line to hold the ball up and wins the foul as Militao is too aggressive. De Marcos plays a nice ball inside and Williams has space on the edge of the goal for a short time. 19:01, Matt Verri 29 minutes: Casemiro grinds a header from the corner onto the goal, Simon is careful and tips it over. The second corner finally comes to Vinicius who can have his first run of the night and it's brilliant. 18:59, Matt Verri 27 mins: Kroos with another corner that runs through to Modric. He wedges it back into the box but walks away. Berenguer and Williams fly up the field for Athletic as they try to break... Casemiro then charges forward and shoots from a very tight angle, Simon turns it back. 18:58, Matt Verri 26 mins: De Marcos comes forward on the right and it's a nice ball for him. Control is decent but he panics when Mendy comes out to close him and the cross is right out of the game. Athletic need to be a little more patient when they find themselves on the pitch. 18:56, Matt Verri 24 mins: Mendy tries to smash through Athletic's defense after Vinicius sells him a little short with the pass. Kroos then makes the foul to stop any counterattack, with Real signing many bodies up front. 18:54, Matt Verri 22 mins: It's Real's turn to try their luck from a corner as Rodrygo's attempted retreat is put behind them. Kroos with a decent ball bounces around the penalty area before eventually smashing the pitch. 18:53 , Matt Verri 20 mins: Heavy pass forces Berenguer wide and Alaba is across to see it for goal kick. There wasn't much action in the first 20 minutes but Kroos and Modric looked as neat as ever control in midfield. 18:51, Matt Verri 18 mins: Kroos pings it right to Rodrygo and it's a nice touch for the Brazilian to bring it down just wide of the far post. 18:48, Matt Verri 16 mins: Corner for Athletic, chance for them to test Madrid's defence. Muniain takes it and it's deep towards the back post. 18:46, Matt Verri 14 mins: Everything goes down to the right of Real, Vazquez stays as far as he can and he gets space. The ball is thrown towards Benzema, but too much on the flank and it's back to Simon. 18:44 , Matt Verri 12 mins: Athletic starting to grow into the game and offer a threat up front. Sancet tries to force his way through the defense but the ball doesn't quite fall into the box for him and Real get it clear. 18:43 , Matt Verri 11 min: Vasquez has a lot of space on the right wing but nobody in the penalty area for Real. Plays it back to Benzema instead and he combines really nicely with Rodrygo, but then the ball is heavy. Kroos loaded a shot down. Athletic straight into the break and Williams insists they should have a handball penalty. 18:41, Matt Verri 8 mins: Rodrygo has made a good start on his return to the grid. He drives into the box and works it on his right foot, Balenziaga comes back and pushes him away just as Rodrygo ordered the shot. 18:39, Matt Verri 7 mins: Real give it away for what feels like the first time and Athletic rush things, quickly overplaying it towards Williams. However, Alaba cuts off. Benzema tries to find some space up front but ends up with a goal kick. The crowd gets very excited every time the Frenchman gets the ball. 18:37, Matt Verri 5 mins: Athletic thrust this time while Real play from behind and Modric has to be alert in his own box before whipping it out to Vasquez. All Real in terms of possession in the opening five minutes, they seem very ball-safe. 18:36 , Matt Verri 3 minutes: Nice move from Real, Athletic opens up almost completely. Modric wide to Vasquez, who plays a nice back pass back to Casemiro. He puts it down on Rodrygo who gets a shot away but he gets blocked in the penalty area. 18:34 , Matt Verri 2 mins: Vinicius sends a long back pass towards Courtois, not a great ball at all and the keeper has to head it away to prevent him going for the corner. Athletic happy to be in solid form and let Real defend in the early stages. But I don't want to give Kroos and Modric that much time. And they then go past some giant flags and all the way over to the other side of the field. After that there will not be a player who is not fully warmed up. 18:26 , Matt Verri Alright, almost time to get this endgame working. The players are in the tunnel and will soon go onto the field. Lots of goals and drama in the semifinals... 18:19 , Matt Verri Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema ripped Barcelona apart in the semifinals on counterattack. They have been in brilliant form this season and if Athletic give the Real duo space tonight they could be in real trouble. For Athletic, Inaki Williams starts up front and his brother Nico, who scored the winner against Atletico Madrid to propel his side to the final, is on the bench. 18:10, Matt Verri 20 minutes to go in Riyadh. Athletic are looking to lift the trophy for the second consecutive year while Real hope to continue their impressive season so far by clinching titles early. 17:45 , Matt Verri Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said his team need to play a different game than they did against Barcelona but is confident they are capable of it. "Our approach will change because it's a different game," said Ancelotti. "The strength of this team is not having a single identity because there are many different sides to football - possession, set pieces, counterattacks, long balls." In football you have to be smart and to be able to do that doing and adapting is a skill, not a weakness.” 17:39 , Matt Verri Athletic Club vs Real Madrid is the second most played duel in Spanish football history, only beaten in El Clasico. But since 1958, Athletic and Real have stood each other no longer faced in a cup final. The Basque club prevailed in the Copa del Rey final, winning 2-0. However, I'm not sure if that will have a big impact on what happens tonight... How Athletic made it to the final... 17-16 , Matt Verri Athletic Club had to come from behind earlier this week to defeat Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals to beat 2-1. Unai Simon's own goal just after the hour put real pressure on his side to get back in the game and they were up to the task when Yeray Alvarez equalized with 13 minutes remaining. Nico Williams came off the bench four minutes later and scored four minutes later to give Athletic the lead and they secured the win. How Real Madrid made it to the final... 17:05 , Matt Verri Federico Valverde scored an extra-time winner as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 to reach the Spanish Super Cup final in an El Clasico thriller. Vinicius Junior scored the first goal of the game before Luuk de Jong equalized for Barcelona as the side went into the break. Karim Benzema's goal was then canceled out by Ansu Fati as the game went past 90 minutes and it was Real who determined the winner in extra time as Valverde put the finishing touches on a devastating counterattack. Read the full semi-final report here. 16:47 , Matt Verri 16:40 , Matt Verri Unsurprisingly, Real are favorites to win this season, but the two previous clashes between the sides this season have been close affairs. Ancelotti's side won 1-0 at home and then snuck back to a 2-1 win away at Athletic so it's reasonable to expect another close encounter with the class that will eventually materialize. 4:33 p.m. Matt Verri Also Alaba passes a late fitness test and starts for Real, which is a big boost for them. Vasquez replaces Carvajal, who is out after testing positive for Covid-19. Rodrygo scores the nod to start alongside Vinicius and Benzema in an exciting front. 4:20 p.m., Matt Verri Athletic is expected to be without Unai Nunez, Unai Vencedor, Ander Capa and Asier Villalibre in the final. Nico Williams came off the bench in the semi-finals to score a winner in the 81st minute and that could be enough to earn an early start, possibly alongside brother Inaki. How to watch Athletic Club vs Real Madrid at 16:12, Matt Verri TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 3. Coverage begins at 18:00 GMT, kick-off 30 minutes later. Live Stream: BT Sport subscribers can watch the match via the BT Sport app or website. 16:02 , Matt Verri Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of the Supercopa Final between Athletic Club and Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona were eliminated in the semifinals earlier this week, leaving us up against Athletic and Real in Saudi Arabia. Athletic won the cup last season but Real come into the game as clear favorites and having lost just one in their last 19 games in all competitions. which will take place at 18:30 GMT at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

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Luka Modric's class performance leads the Royals to the Supercup victory

The win is Real Madrid's 12th Spanish Supercup title. (Author: Gardener)

SupercupWho but Toni Kroos and goalscorer Luka Modric in midfield would deliver in the Spanish Super Cup final alongside Karim Benzema at the top. Real had too much possession for Athletic Club to have a chance and ended up winning 2-0. Real Madrid are now one title behind Barcelona's 13th as the most successful club in Super Cup history. Everything was real from the first shot, but Athletic's defensive partnership of Yeray Alvarez and Inigo Martinez was well trained to protect Unai Simon in goal. Toni Kroos would send a warning signal in the sixth minute when his through ball to Vinicius Jr sliced ​​through Athletic Club's defense but Simon would put Vinicius on the ball. Athletic countered via Williams, but an excellent slide tackle from David Alaba would put the danger to rest. Los Blancos then got going when Karim Benzema narrowly missed his shot as they took advantage of wide-area overloads to create their chances. Athletic struggled to see who was far from Vinicus Jr. or Benzema and Real's chances began to increase. One of Real's first counterattacks in the game, Casemiro injured Simon's gloves after converting Oihan Sancet's chance at the other end. Real took the lead before half-time after a labyrinthine run from Rodrygo created just enough space for midfield maestro Luka Modric to score from the top of the 18-yard box. Simon couldn't get Modric's shot as he put Real in front and it was an lead they weren't about to give up. Marcelino joined Atletic at half-time, opting for Nico Williams to replace Alex Berenguer to pick up the pace, but Real Madrid would find another goal with a bit of luck. Benzema's shot was blocked by Yeray in the box but it went to a VAR review to make a decision on a possible handball. Emerging, Benzema converted a cold finish from the point in the 52nd minute to double Real's lead. Athletic Club, on the other hand, made a triple substitution and hoped Real Madrid wouldn't let that game out of their minds after the penalty. However, Real switched to cruise control and played the rest of the game at walking pace. Athletic created a few chances when Real took their foot off the accelerator but Los Blancos fended them off with relative ease. Marcelo was brought in late in the game to take part in his 23rd trophy for Real Madrid. Athletic later called for a handball of their own when Eder denied Militao a scoring chance and conceded a penalty from Raul Garcia. It might have taken a while for Real keeper Thibaut Courtois to come on but he was ready for his moment as he saved Garcia's penalty. Courtois needed a bit of improvisation when the penalty went in the middle but was able to adjust his feet to save it and keep Real Madrid's 2-0 lead intact as they were besieged by Athletic to end the game. They travel to Elche for Real while the La Liga winners try to achieve a domestic treble by winning La Liga, the Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey.

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Luka Modric's class performance leads the Royals to the Supercup victory

The win is Real Madrid's 12th Spanish Supercup title. (Author: Gardener)

SupercupWho but Toni Kroos and goalscorer Luka Modric in midfield would deliver in the Spanish Super Cup final alongside Karim Benzema at the top. Real had too much possession for Athletic Club to have a chance and ended up winning 2-0. Real Madrid are now one title behind Barcelona's 13th as the most successful club in Super Cup history. Everything was real from the first shot, but Athletic's defensive partnership of Yeray Alvarez and Inigo Martinez was well trained to protect Unai Simon in goal. Toni Kroos would send a warning signal in the sixth minute when his through ball to Vinicius Jr sliced ​​through Athletic Club's defense but Simon would put Vinicius on the ball. Athletic countered via Williams, but an excellent slide tackle from David Alaba would put the danger to rest. Los Blancos then got going when Karim Benzema narrowly missed his shot as they took advantage of wide-area overloads to create their chances. Athletic struggled to see who was far from Vinicus Jr. or Benzema and Real's chances began to increase. One of Real's first counterattacks in the game, Casemiro injured Simon's gloves after converting Oihan Sancet's chance at the other end. Real took the lead before half-time after a labyrinthine run from Rodrygo created just enough space for midfield maestro Luka Modric to score from the top of the 18-yard box. Simon couldn't get Modric's shot as he put Real in front and it was an lead they weren't about to give up. Marcelino joined Atletic at half-time, opting for Nico Williams to replace Alex Berenguer to pick up the pace, but Real Madrid would find another goal with a bit of luck. Benzema's shot was blocked by Yeray in the box but it went to a VAR review to make a decision on a possible handball. Emerging, Benzema converted a cold finish from the point in the 52nd minute to double Real's lead. Athletic Club, on the other hand, made a triple substitution and hoped Real Madrid wouldn't let that game out of their minds after the penalty. However, Real switched to cruise control and played the rest of the game at walking pace. Athletic created a few chances when Real took their foot off the accelerator but Los Blancos fended them off with relative ease. Marcelo was brought in late in the game to take part in his 23rd trophy for Real Madrid. Athletic later called for a handball of their own when Eder denied Militao a scoring chance and conceded a penalty from Raul Garcia. It might have taken a while for Real keeper Thibaut Courtois to come on but he was ready for his moment as he saved Garcia's penalty. Courtois needed a bit of improvisation when the penalty went in the middle but was able to adjust his feet to save it and keep Real Madrid's 2-0 lead intact as they were besieged by Athletic to end the game. They travel to Elche for Real while the La Liga winners try to achieve a domestic treble by winning La Liga, the Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey.

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Supercopa result, match stream and latest updates today

Athletic Club 0-2 Real Madrid LIVE! Benzema goal - Supercopa result, match stream and the latest updates today - (Author: Gardener)

todayAthletic will look to defend their Supercopa de Espana crown when they meet Real Madrid in the final in Riyadh tonight. Last year they beat Barcelona 3-2 in the final and after a late comeback to defeat Atletico Madrid in the semis earlier this week, Athletic will be confident against Real. Carlo Ancelotti's side booked their place in the final with an extra-time win over Barcelona, ​​Federico Valverde was the hero as he scored the winner and they lifted the trophy as the competition last played in Saudi Arabia Real have lost just one of their last 19 games in all competitions and the La Liga leaders are the favorites to beat Athletic tonight. They also have the added boost of already two wins against Athletic this season. Follow all the action with Standard Sport's LIVE blog below... Modric puts Real in front from the edge of the box 21:03 , Matt Verri Real Madrid lifted the first After beating Athletic Club 2-0 in the Supercopa final de Espana had been gifted them a trove of trophies this season.Luka Modric put his side ahead in the first half before Karim Benzema doubled the lead after the break with a penalty shoot-out, scoring his 24th goal of the season.Eder Militao was sent off late for a handball , but Thibaut Courtois saved Raul Garcia's penalty to end Athletic's hopes of a late comeback.Click here for our full match report as Real lifted the trophy. 🍷#Supercopa pic.twitter.com/ViJZlj2wVV - Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 16 2022 20:26 , Matt Verri Real Madrid has their first silverware of the season and the first of Carlo Ancelotti's second spell .Luca Modrid and Karim Benzema's goals in the 2-0 win as Courtois' late save prevented any late drama. Really the better team and they have the trophy to show for that. 20:25, Matt Verri 90+3 mins: Valverde has it in his own corner, bringing out his rear heel to maintain possession and take the pressure off. Apart from that handball from Militao, it was a really professional performance from Real. 8:22, Matt Verri 90 mins: Vazquez out, Fernandez for the last few minutes. Athletic knows their chance is gone. Had that penalty taken, we would have been set for a grandstand finish. As it stands, those four minutes of added time will likely be a procession for Real. 20:20, Matt Verri Well that should put an end to hopes of a comeback. Raul Garcia sees his penalty saved by Courtois! Directly in the middle, Courtois dives to the right but sticks a leg out and it's saved. 20:18, Matt Verri 86 minutes: Ancelotti is just trying to watch this match now. Marcelo is to replace Vinicius. The left-back has 18 trophies to his credit as a Real Madrid player and is about five minutes away from making it 19. Yuri holds up a nice ball, Garcia throws at it and he deflects Militao over the bar. 20:16, Matt Verri 84 minutes: The pressure is building and there is a bit of chaos in the real box. Nico Williams digs out a nice cross and Militao fires it at Serrana and she bounces back on goal but Courtois is alert to claim the ball. 20:14 , Matt Verri 82 mins: Beginning, a bit of a shoot-on To become an Athletic Sight. Serrana cuts inwards and lets Courtois straight in from a distance. Real barely had a touch in the last five minutes but that wouldn't bother them too much. 20:12, Matt Verri 80 minutes: Martinez prepares a free kick from 25 meters. Time is really running out for Athletic. 8:09, Matt Verri 78 mins: Garcia in the book for Athletic after an unnecessary foul on Vinicius. The challenge was bad enough but then made sure he was shown the yellow card by bending down and giving Vinicius a few choice words too. 20:08, Matt Verri 76 mins: Athletic's corner, taken short by Muniain. Finally it's whipped into the crate to the far post and it's a great delivery. Garcia and Yuri both go for it and probably get in each other's way as it goes into the sidenet. 20:06 , Matt Verri 75 mins: Nice movement from Vazquez to send the ball to Benzema and he turns around to keep possession. Casemiro, Kroos and Modric aren't the three midfielders you want to play when you're following a game, they don't look like they'll ever lose the ball. 20:04, Matt Verri 72 mins: Good by Nico Williams, runs for a ball on the line. Cuts inside and tries to stick him in the penalty area but Real double up and force the forward out. Then a hopeful ball from Athletic swings in and drifts out harmlessly for a goal kick. 20:02, Matt Verri 70 mins: One goal and Athletic will be right back. Unfortunately, it doesn't look too likely for them. They look good until they get to within 30 yards of the gate and then they look just short of options. Muniain, getting the ball, can't find the killer pass yet. 19:59, Matt Verri 67 mins: Martinez puts quite the pressure on Simon as he swims a back pass to his keeper. Benzema follows with interest but it's a perfect first touch from Simon to get things back under control. Real don't show much urgency going forward, content with simply maintaining possession. 19:56, Matt Verri 64 minutes: First substitution of the night by Carlo Ancelotti. Rodry goes out, Valverde continues. Valverde was the hero against Barcelona in the semifinals. Real don't need him to create a winner tonight, they will be lucky enough if he just helps keep things solid. 19:54, Matt Verri 63 mins: Nico Williams slides a try back over the goal and it falls to his teammate Garcia at the near post. However, he can't quite aim for goal from six yards out. Athletic puts more pressure, but leaves the back open. 19:53 , Matt Verri 61 minutes: The game is suddenly incredibly stretched. Nico Williams drives in but Casemiro does what Casemiro does and wipes up the danger. Real attempt to break through but Rodrygo's pass is loose and Athletic are back on the attack straight away. 19:50, Matt Verri 58 mins: Militao doesn't impress at all as he tries to get the ball through to Courtois, but he just manages to get it back to the keeper when he loses his balance. Williams isn't far from coming off clean there. 19:48, Matt Verri 56 mins: Rodrygo with another run at Balenziaga, this time the ball is loose and Athletic can clear it. Marcelino is preparing for some changes. 19:45, Matt Verri 54 minutes: Alvarez will consider himself very unhappy with this decision, there wasn't much he could have done about it. There's nothing he can do about it now though, Athletic need to get their focus back. Muniain can fly from well over 30 yards, and it's miles over the bar. 19:44 , Matt Verri Has the Frenchman taken the game past Athletic? Goalkeeper goes in the right direction but is hammered into the corner by Benzema. 19:43, Matt Verri 51 minutes: And the referee points to the point! Benzema shrugged off his shot completely, jumping up and hitting an arm. 19:42 , Matt Verri 50 mins: Benzema's shot is blocked by a hand and jumps out for goal kick. That could become a real problem for Athletic. The referee will look at the pitchside monitor. 19:40, Matt Verri 48 mins: Real started the second half well, turning the ball around with real confidence. The ball whipped towards Benzema, who makes a good run to the near post, but the cross sails over his head. 19:37 , Matt Verri 46 min: Barely ten seconds played and Vinicius is already behind before sending a shot over the bar. That would explain why he had so much space - far offside. 19:36 , Matt Verri We will indeed see Nico Williams, he came on for Athletic Club at the break. 19:31 , Matt Verri Athletic came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid in the semifinals so they won't panic just yet. They've looked relatively solid at the back, are in the process of finding a more clinical touch when they bring numbers up front. Imagine Nico Williams being called off the bench again if it stays that way. Four shots for Athletic but none on target as they didn't take chances on the counter. 19:19 , Matt Verri Real go into the break with a lead thanks to Luka Modric's nice finish late in the half. They controlled possession for most of the half but weren't at their best. Still good enough against an Athletic team that hasn't gotten going at all so far. Balenziaga puts a good ball into the box, Sancet lets it run and the ball almost falls into the box for Williams. Sancet then works the ball onto his right foot and sends a great flick on goal. 19:15 , Matt Verri 43 min: Athletic needs to improve significantly now. So far only very little offered forward. They'd be pretty happy going into the break just down and then regrouping considering how this match has gone so far. 19:13, Matt Verri 41 mins: Rodrygo was probably the best player on the pitch and he's on another dangerous run. Plays it back to Modric, who considers another shot but plays wide to Vazquez. His cross is deflected to the corner. Out on Modric on the edge of the box, who can't get enough of the ball at the moment. 19:10 , Matt Verri REAL TAKE THE LEAD IN SUPERCOPA!Luka Modric with the goal and it's a nice goal. Rodrygo runs straight towards the defense and then lays it down for Modric on the edge of the box. He circles it nicely past Simon into the corner. 19:08, Matt Verri 36 mins: Sancet is not happy when Casemiro challenges him. Nothing wrong with that though, it just must have been a slightly clumsy landing. Athletic sees more off the ball as the half progresses but they have struggled to create anything so far. 19:06, Matt Verri 34 mins: Rodrygo catches Muniain and Athletic take a free kick in a very promising position. Good angle for a right foot to whip something into the box. Muniain scores it himself... Benzema heads it out from his own six-yard box and wins the free-kick as he does. 19:03, Matt Verri 31 mins: Williams shows good strength down the center line to hold the ball up and wins the foul as Militao is too aggressive. De Marcos plays a nice ball inside and Williams has space on the edge of the goal for a short time. 19:01, Matt Verri 29 minutes: Casemiro grinds a header from the corner onto the goal, Simon is careful and tips it over. The second corner finally comes to Vinicius who can have his first run of the night and it's brilliant. 18:59, Matt Verri 27 mins: Kroos with another corner that runs through to Modric. He wedges it back into the box but walks away. Berenguer and Williams fly up the field for Athletic as they try to break... Casemiro then charges forward and shoots from a very tight angle, Simon turns it back. 18:58, Matt Verri 26 mins: De Marcos comes forward on the right and it's a nice ball for him. Control is decent but he panics when Mendy comes out to close him and the cross is right out of the game. Athletic need to be a little more patient when they find themselves on the pitch. 18:56, Matt Verri 24 mins: Mendy tries to smash through Athletic's defense after Vinicius sells him a little short with the pass. Kroos then makes the foul to stop any counterattack, with Real signing many bodies up front. 18:54, Matt Verri 22 mins: It's Real's turn to try their luck from a corner as Rodrygo's attempted retreat is put behind them. Kroos with a decent ball bounces around the penalty area before eventually smashing the pitch. 18:53 , Matt Verri 20 mins: Heavy pass forces Berenguer wide and Alaba is across to see it for goal kick. There wasn't much action in the first 20 minutes but Kroos and Modric looked as neat as ever control in midfield. 18:51, Matt Verri 18 mins: Kroos pings it right to Rodrygo and it's a nice touch for the Brazilian to bring it down just wide of the far post. 18:48, Matt Verri 16 mins: Corner for Athletic, chance for them to test Madrid's defence. Muniain takes it and it's deep towards the back post. 18:46, Matt Verri 14 mins: Everything goes down to the right of Real, Vazquez stays as far as he can and he gets space. The ball is thrown towards Benzema, but too much on the flank and it's back to Simon. 18:44 , Matt Verri 12 mins: Athletic starting to grow into the game and offer a threat up front. Sancet tries to force his way through the defense but the ball doesn't quite fall into the box for him and Real get it clear. 18:43 , Matt Verri 11 min: Vasquez has a lot of space on the right wing but nobody in the penalty area for Real. Plays it back to Benzema instead and he combines really nicely with Rodrygo, but then the ball is heavy. Kroos loaded a shot down. Athletic straight into the break and Williams insists they should have a handball penalty. 18:41, Matt Verri 8 mins: Rodrygo has made a good start on his return to the grid. He drives into the box and works it on his right foot, Balenziaga comes back and pushes him away just as Rodrygo ordered the shot. 18:39, Matt Verri 7 mins: Real give it away for what feels like the first time and Athletic rush things, quickly overplaying it towards Williams. However, Alaba cuts off. Benzema tries to find some space up front but ends up with a goal kick. The crowd gets very excited every time the Frenchman gets the ball. 18:37, Matt Verri 5 mins: Athletic thrust this time while Real play from behind and Modric has to be alert in his own box before whipping it out to Vasquez. All Real in terms of possession in the opening five minutes, they seem very ball-safe. 18:36 , Matt Verri 3 minutes: Nice move from Real, Athletic opens up almost completely. Modric wide to Vasquez, who plays a nice back pass back to Casemiro. He puts it down on Rodrygo who gets a shot away but he gets blocked in the penalty area. 18:34 , Matt Verri 2 mins: Vinicius sends a long back pass towards Courtois, not a great ball at all and the keeper has to head it away to prevent him going for the corner. Athletic happy to be in solid form and let Real defend in the early stages. But I don't want to give Kroos and Modric that much time. And they then go past some giant flags and all the way over to the other side of the field. After that there will not be a player who is not fully warmed up. 18:26 , Matt Verri Alright, almost time to get this endgame working. The players are in the tunnel and will soon go onto the field. Lots of goals and drama in the semifinals... 18:19 , Matt Verri Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema ripped Barcelona apart in the semifinals on counterattack. They have been in brilliant form this season and if Athletic give the Real duo space tonight they could be in real trouble. For Athletic, Inaki Williams starts up front and his brother Nico, who scored the winner against Atletico Madrid to propel his side to the final, is on the bench. 18:10, Matt Verri 20 minutes to go in Riyadh. Athletic are looking to lift the trophy for the second consecutive year while Real hope to continue their impressive season so far by clinching titles early. 17:45 , Matt Verri Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said his team need to play a different game than they did against Barcelona but is confident they are capable of it. "Our approach will change because it's a different game," said Ancelotti. "The strength of this team is not having a single identity because there are many different sides to football - possession, set pieces, counterattacks, long balls." In football you have to be smart and to be able to do that doing and adapting is a skill, not a weakness.” 17:39 , Matt Verri Athletic Club vs Real Madrid is the second most played duel in Spanish football history, only beaten in El Clasico. But since 1958, Athletic and Real have stood each other no longer faced in a cup final. The Basque club prevailed in the Copa del Rey final, winning 2-0. However, I'm not sure if that will have a big impact on what happens tonight... How Athletic made it to the final... 17-16 , Matt Verri Athletic Club had to come from behind earlier this week to defeat Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals to beat 2-1. Unai Simon's own goal just after the hour put real pressure on his side to get back in the game and they were up to the task when Yeray Alvarez equalized with 13 minutes remaining. Nico Williams came off the bench four minutes later and scored four minutes later to give Athletic the lead and they secured the win. How Real Madrid made it to the final... 17:05 , Matt Verri Federico Valverde scored an extra-time winner as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 to reach the Spanish Super Cup final in an El Clasico thriller. Vinicius Junior scored the first goal of the game before Luuk de Jong equalized for Barcelona as the side went into the break. Karim Benzema's goal was then canceled out by Ansu Fati as the game went past 90 minutes and it was Real who determined the winner in extra time as Valverde put the finishing touches on a devastating counterattack. Read the full semi-final report here. 16:47 , Matt Verri 16:40 , Matt Verri Unsurprisingly, Real are favorites to win this season, but the two previous clashes between the sides this season have been close affairs. Ancelotti's side won 1-0 at home and then snuck back to a 2-1 win away at Athletic so it's reasonable to expect another close encounter with the class that will eventually materialize. 4:33 p.m. Matt Verri Also Alaba passes a late fitness test and starts for Real, which is a big boost for them. Vasquez replaces Carvajal, who is out after testing positive for Covid-19. Rodrygo scores the nod to start alongside Vinicius and Benzema in an exciting front. 4:20 p.m., Matt Verri Athletic is expected to be without Unai Nunez, Unai Vencedor, Ander Capa and Asier Villalibre in the final. Nico Williams came off the bench in the semi-finals to score a winner in the 81st minute and that could be enough to earn an early start, possibly alongside brother Inaki. How to watch Athletic Club vs Real Madrid at 16:12, Matt Verri TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 3. Coverage begins at 18:00 GMT, kick-off 30 minutes later. Live Stream: BT Sport subscribers can watch the match via the BT Sport app or website. 16:02 , Matt Verri Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of the Supercopa Final between Athletic Club and Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona were eliminated in the semifinals earlier this week, leaving us up against Athletic and Real in Saudi Arabia. Athletic won the cup last season but Real come into the game as clear favorites and having lost just one in their last 19 games in all competitions. which will take place at 18:30 GMT at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

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Leeds show their rivals how the show can go on with a stunning win at West Ham

Plus: Man City turned a supposed three-horse title race into a procession and did so without even breaking a gallop; Anthony Elanga shows Jadon Sancho how it's done at Man Utd; and James Ward-Prowse approaches a David Beckham record... (Author: Gardener)

West HamWith the north London derby canceled it was another Premier League weekend marred by last-minute postponements to disrupt plans for fans who had invested in attending games - but Leeds are carrying on. Marcelo Bielsa benched 15-year-old Archie Gray in Sunday's 3-2 win at West Ham. His first appearance came during last month's 4-1 home defeat by Arsenal, a game that perhaps should not have happened given the cancellations since then. But a sign of Leeds' resilience and acceptance of the current landscape was that Gray was back among the nine substitutes to be part of a win not just for Leeds but football as well. Hat-trick hero Jack Harrison highlighted how Leeds had once again shown immense character to ensure their worn-out squad was not used as an excuse. "We've been really unlucky with injuries but against all odds we always work hard," he said. It was good to get through a difficult time. After that exciting win, Graeme Souness told Sky Sports: "When you asked about Arsenal and whether the game should have been abandoned, what does that say about Leeds? What a message to send to the rest of the Premier League." Leeds became the first team in Premier League history to give eight teenagers their debuts in a single season - Crysencio Summerville, Charlie Creswell, Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh , Stuart McKinstry, Sam Greenwood, Lewis Bate and Leo Hjelde.Bate was one of the first-half substitutes at the London stadium, the 19-year-old was later replaced in the second half as Leeds waited for victory.'Bold is the word that best defines the team today," said Bielsa. "It was a triumph for the players - each of them did things that show a great will to win. "Raphinha improved James and Harrison with his balls and Harrison has three goals scored, which frees me from further comment. It gets complicated because players come back and then we lose others. Patrick Bamford could be an option [for the next game], but also after a long period of inactivity and slightly fewer opportunities for Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts." Leeds have had to constantly adapt to adversity this season and they are now doing so within games. It may have been the weekend that ended Chelsea's Premier League title hopes, but Liverpool - despite the absences of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - are still in the process of persevering after scoring goals without their star strikers found to prevail against Brentford. Fabinho headed in "helpfully", as Jurgen Klopp put it, after a set piece at the end of a first half that Liverpool had dominated before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's header and a gifted goal to Takumi Minamino brought them home. That victory means they end the weekend the way they started: 11 points behind City with a game in hand and a trip to the Etihad ahead, despite now being second in the table. It's a distant second and it will still take a remarkable momentum for City to throw it away from here. But the point is that if Liverpool win their game in hand and then beat City away in early April, Pep Guardiola's side will theoretically have to defend a five-point deficit to the final day. Given the demands of this season - injuries, illnesses, absences - and fixture schedule congestion, compounded by upcoming cup competitions, it will certainly be too big a task. But Liverpool at least showed on Sunday they can win well without two of their key men. Chris Wood made his debut - a £25m replacement for injured Callum Wilson - and this was a must-play. They dominated the first half and four minutes after the break a superb Allan Saint-Maximin strike gave Newcastle the lead. Maybe it was nervousness, fear or the need to defend a lead, but the hosts started to sit back and equalize the pressure. Watford's best chances all came after the 60th minute - including the crucial equalizer just minutes from time which made a draw feel like a loss for Newcastle. Eddie Howe's side have now dropped 21 points from the winning positions this season and conceded 11 goals in the last 15 minutes of Premier League matches. Newcastle continue in this cycle and encouraged loud booing from their full-time home fans. The question arises - why can't Newcastle expect a win? Eddie Howe voiced his thoughts: "I think it's psychological. It was early in the game, we lost our offensive threat in the game and that should never have been the case so long ago." I think it has to do with confidence and has won so many games over a bit of a long period now, as we would have liked. The only way to build that is to get over the line and win. We did that against Burnley recently and I hoped it would have been an improvement at that stage of our game. "But today we didn't get over the line and I hope it doesn't leave the players mentally scarred. I'm sure that won't be the case because we're going to go into the game and analyze it and review it and do some work to change it." Also, Newcastle had just one shot on goal in the whole 90 minutes - the goal from Saint-Maximin - and just two in the second half overall.Newcastle remain in the Premier League this season with just one win and their joint second-tier high of nine draws.Every game gets bigger as the season progresses, but if only could give a few points or even a goal difference they both need to improve their stats to stand a chance.It was first versus second but it didn't really look like it.Chelsea defended well and limited Manchester City to just a handful of chances but City dominated all the way, barely letting the visitors see at the other end and won through some individual brilliance from Kevin De Bruyne, almost a repeat of their win at Stamfo rd Bridge in September, and after the double over Chelsea, the 13-point gap between City and their closest challengers is huge. Liverpool could close that gap if they win their games and they still have to go to the Etihad themselves, but a turnaround now looks highly unlikely. City are setting incredible standards right now - and it's no surprise others are struggling to keep up. The 15-game winning streak they built over the winter of last season brought them the title and seemed unrepeatable, but they now have up to 12 wins on the go and are once again outpacing their rivals. While other teams faltered during this busy holiday season, City just kept winning. Pep Guardiola said his side were facing an "emergency" of injuries, illness and suspensions in early December. A month and a half later, they are on track to finish the season with over 95 points. A disrupted pre-season - City were the last Premier League club to return to the training ground - may have marred some performances earlier in the season, but they are now in their groove. But the relentless nature of this City team and the way they've adapted to challenges they've faced comes down to mentality and coaching. A fourth Premier League title in five seasons now seems all but certain for a team and manager who have raised the bar. It was always the slimmest of chances, but Chelsea said goodbye to it at the Etihad Stadium. Nothing more than victory would suffice if the prospect of the European champions pushing runaway leaders and English champions Manchester City back into a title race were to materialize. The foundation for Chelsea was there to revive their title challenge. A steely and resilient defence, led by evergreen Thiago Silva, weathered the constant bombardment from Manchester City, but Thomas Tuchel's side were found woefully lacking at the business end of the field. For the first time in the German's tenure at the club, Chelsea failed to get a shot on target in the first half of a Premier League game as Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic failed to score in the top three. At the end of the 90 minutes, Ederson would only be used once in the City goal. Tuchel believed his side's defense deserved a point, but the same could not be said of his attackers. That was a big problem, the performance of the front players," he admitted. Tuchel's brute assessment was followed by a similarly blunt answer to the question of whether Chelsea could still win the Premier League. "We will never give up, but if City keep winning every game, nobody can catch them. For those returning to Merseyside after their longest away game of the season, it's clear where the money stops: Everton are in free fall, and this unfortunate one Marriage to beleaguered former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hit rock bottom at Carrow Road The club's first away defeat to a team bottomed in the Premier League since May 2004 after going 17 unbeaten starts. Benitez is running out of time and excuses. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was back on the side after his latest relapse while Richarlison had a hit off the bench but the damage was already done. As is so often the case with this miserable series of one win in 13 league games. The 2-1 defeat by Norwich continued a miserable record for Everton of conceding a first goal in 16 of their 22 games in all competitions this season, including each of their last nine games. Against the bottom, who had conceded their first goal in 16 games this season, Benitez watched his players twice before staging any form of response. For Evertonians and for Benitez, it feels like Groundhog Day. He may never be as angry as the club's supporters over the current situation, but the players have to take responsibility too. After all, both Norwich goals were from Everton themselves, with Michael Keane's own goal coming 92 seconds before Ben Godfrey's poor pass which helped Adam Idah score the second. Benitez said: "We didn't start the game badly in terms of control but after that we made the same mistakes. We made a couple of mistakes in a couple of minutes, we conceded two goals and again gave ourselves a mountain that it has to be climbed." Everton have won just 19 points from 19 league games this season - only twice before have they had fewer points at this stage of a Premier League season. Senior members of the squad need to step up and lead by example, but calls for Benitez's sacking are now growing louder. He spoke about the performance of 19-year-old Antony Elanga, who got a surprise start from Ralf Rangnick at Villa Park. Chosen over the £73million signing of Jadon Sancho, Elanga put on a performance full of pace, direct running and unwavering enthusiasm - all attributes we've yet to see from Sancho in a Manchester United. His first start of the season in the Premier League coincided with United's best performance under Rangnick - for 80 minutes, anyway. Sancho is of course a completely different type of player who likes to have the ball at his feet and can cause chaos with his creative play when he is at his best. But with his confidence at rock bottom, giving a start to someone like Elanga, who likes to run, run and run even more, was a smart move by the new United manager. His ability to stretch the game gave United a fantastic platform to build on and Bruno Fernandes' opening goal came from an attack on Elanga's side. "He played well and had two great chances to score, but he showed what I expected from him and why I chose him from the start," said Rangnick. He may have cost the club £73m but Sancho now has a tough challenge convincing the manager to give him the starting shirt. It is Elangas for now. Norwich manager Dean Smith said he hopes his side have "turned the corner" after that hard-fought third Premier League win of the season. Everton always looked like a team to be won, but the Canaries had only scored eight goals in their first 20 league games. To put that in context, it was the joint fewest goals by a team after 20 games in a top season alongside the Leicester team of the 1977/78 season. Just like her previous Premier League tenure two years ago, Teemu Pukki was overly relied on to provide the ammunition, but Smith was rewarded for his brave approach on Saturday. Josh Sargent was recalled and forced Keane's opener error, while Adam Idah doubled Norwich's lead, showed a good composure and scored his first Premier League on his 27th appearance in the competition which proved to be a match winner. Smith said: “I wanted him to follow up his positive performance on Wednesday [in the 2-0 loss to West Ham] with another positive today and he did. We have a couple of players with potential like Adam and it's our job to help them fulfill that potential." Overall, it was Idah's first league goal since May 2021, when he scored against Barnsley in Norwich's final game of their promotion season in the Championship. "Both ourselves and Adam are still figuring out what type of player he is. He's a boy who has incredible potential, he's physically strong and he's just starting to learn how to use his body, but I thought , he did really well . He has a great touch, he can finish. His first goal in the Premier League was certainly deserved." Norwich have yet to bolster their squad in this window, but at Idah they may have just the firepower needed to stage an unlikely escape when many critics had already written them off. Southampton may have ended their five-game unbeaten streak at Molineux on Saturday afternoon after a 3-1 defeat by Wolves, but the visitors netted the best goal of the game after another in the now-long list of sensations direct free-kicks from James Ward- prowse With the hosts and Southampton 2-0 up, Southampton appeared to be beaten, Ward-Prowse stepping in to roll a luscious free-kick over the wall and into the top right corner of the net from a full 35 yards, previously unbeatable with Wolves Goalkeeper Jose Sa rooted in his line. Given the precision and speed of the shot, no goaltender in the world could have matched Ward-Prowse's efforts, although we should no longer marvel at the Saints' captain's dead-ball skills. In fact, Saturday was the England international's 12th direct free-kick goal in the Premier League, a feat surpassed only by David Beckham (18). His manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, even claimed it was the best he'd ever seen from the player, which is quite a statement considering his work. If only it was an xG game. Once again Brighton have dominated a game without winning. They've started to show signs of being able to find the back of the net this season and their newfound Midas touch got them into the European courts earlier in the season. But they still haven't understood how to routinely convert territorial dominance into targets. It was almost scripted that Palace should score from the first shot on goal, which showed Brighton exactly how it's done, as teams alongside Graham Potter have been doing ever since he walked in the door. The January window is nearly half over, and if the Seagulls are serious about converting their good play into points for the rest of the season, it's time to act. This was the sixth time this season that they had an xG more than double their opponents - but six is ​​also the number of games they managed to win all season. With an average age of 25 years and 31 days, their 11 starters provided the Eagles' youngest line-up in the Premier League since Iain Dowie guided them to a 2-2 draw with West Brom in February 2005. Andy Johnson was one of the day's scorers - and he turns 41 next month. Steve Parish's vision of rejuvenating one of the Premier League's oldest squads is in full swing.

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Derby County faces league expulsion as EFL sets deadline

Club administrators must demonstrate that they have the financial resources to complete the season (Author: Gardener)

Derby CountyAccording to reports in The Sun, the Rams could be ejected from the EFL if they fail to meet a February 1 noon deadline to prove the funds are in place. Late on Friday afternoon, Derby County Administrators released an ominous update revealing they had been unable to reach an agreement with the EFL to settle claims from Middlesborough and Wycombe. A statement from Quantuma said: "As we have previously reported, there has been significant interest from a number of credible parties. There are currently three parties that have made offers. One of the duties of the joint administrators is to act in the interests of all creditors, and this includes secured creditors, preferred creditors and the unsecured ("ordinary") creditors to whom the club owes money. In relation to a football bankruptcy, that duty is compounded by dealing with creditors known as 'football creditors', who need to be dealt with to protect the club's ongoing English football league membership.” Quatuma said it had an exit plan , which is ready to be implemented and approved by creditors "with a view to adapting the offers received to suit EFL insolvency policy and its requirements for creditors". The statement added: "The difficulty and, in our view, the last remaining significant obstacle at this time, is how to deal with certain claims which are very controversial but are being advised by the EFL which cannot be compromised at this stage, notwithstanding the law. Derby North Conservative representative Amanda Solloway said in a statement: "Like many fans, I am deeply concerned about the future of Derby County Football Club. "I would like to reassure Derby North residents that I am continuing to monitor the current situation and you can assure me that I will do everything I can to support the club as Derby MP." Solloway said she has both addressed the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (Nadine Dorries MP) and met with EFL representatives. However, on Sunday afternoon it emerged Everton had sacked their manager Rafa Benitez and Rams manager Wayne Rooney was keen to rejoin his boyhood club.

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Derby ended in victory over Sheff Utd

Tom Lawrence's second-half double helps the troubled Derby end another tumultuous week with a win over Sheffield United. (Author: Gardener)

DerbyWayne Rooney said Derby "defies the odds" but needs help off the pitch after beating Sheffield United lifted his side from the bottom of the Championship table. The win - exactly a year to the day since Rooney took over the side - lifted Derby off on Barnsley's better goal difference, despite the Rams being 21 points deducted this season. "We're taking some incredible wins, we've come down from bottom of the table so we need help and whoever that is needs to make sure they solve this as soon as possible," Rooney told BBC Radio Derby. He said he was told a preferred bidder was to be unveiled for the club on Thursday, but the subsequent transfer embargo meant the Rams were unable to re-sign defender Phil Jagielka and will lose midfielder Graeme Shinnie. "I went out and fielded players that the admins gave me the green light to do, so it was very difficult to take that away through the EFL's decision," he added. "Are we going to stay in that position for the rest of the season from now on because if we are then we're going to have some tough times." Rooney's year in charge at Pride Park has also seen two separate point deductions, failed takeover bids and administration. This week Derby administrators were ordered to show the English Football League how they intend to fund the club through the end of the season. The Rams have responded well to setbacks this season - beating promotion contenders Bournemouth after their second point deduction in November - and showing the same spirit again to claim a fourth win in a five-game unbeaten league run. The visitors, led by assistant managers Stuart McCall and Jack Lester after boss Paul Heckingbottom tested positive for Covid-19, produced a first-half low with clear chances, with Billy Sharp heading in from close range straight at Derby goalkeeper Ryan Allsop led. The Blades, arriving on a four-game winning streak, faded in the second half as the home side improved. The Rams captain swerved from a group of defenders and then smashed two others before beating goalkeeper Wes Foderingham with a left foot to put the hosts ahead. Wales international Lawrence then doubled the lead with a sensational second, rolling a left footed into the top corner after being pitched by Craig Forsyth. Derby's eighth win of the season puts them in 23rd place, eight points adrift of safety, while United's first loss in six games drops them to 14th. McCall said the result was "hugely disappointing" for United. "We always felt it was going to be a close game because if you look at Derby, ok they're rooted down but they have three points more than us if you don't take the deductions from them." he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

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