Real Madrid vs Barcelona score, result as Gavi sparks El Clasico rout in Supercopa final

If ever there was a changing of the guard in the El Clasico rivalry, it felt like today was that day as Barcelona’s youthful midfield ran circles around Real Madrid’s aging veterans in a resounding 3-1 win to secure the Supercopa de Espana title.

18-year-old Gavi was the star of the show, with a goal and two assists to secure his first silverware and bury a dagger into Real Madrid hearts. 20-year-old Pedri added a goal himself as the two young Spaniards controlled the dynamic throughout with their pressing and passing alike.

On the other end, aging midfield duo Toni Kroos and Luka Madrid were nowhere to be found, as Kroos especially was entirely off the pace. Both were yanked midway through the second half but it was far too late at that point to change the run of play.

The win for Barcelona breaks a four-match duck for the Blaugrana in this rivalry, in a big moment to secure the Supercopa crown. Real Madrid, defeated in this final and sitting three points back of Barcelona in the La Liga table, have lots of questions to answer as they return to Spain and look ahead to producing a title challenge as well as a Champions League defense.

The Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona final score

  1H 2H Final
Real Madrid 0 1 0
Barcelona 2 1 3

Goals:
34th min — BAR — Gavi
45th min — BAR — Robert Lewandowski
69th min — BAR — Pedri
90+3 min — RMA — Karim Benzema

Confirmed lineups:

Real Madrid (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Courtois (GK) — 2. Carvajal (N. Fernandez, 72′), 3. Militao, 22. Rudiger, 23. Mendy — 8. Kroos (Asensio, 72′), 12. Camavinga (Rodrygo, 46′), 10. Modric (Ceballos, 65′) — 15. Valverde, 9. Benzema, 20. Vinicius Jr.

Barcelona (3-4-2-1, right to left): 1. Ter Stegen (GK) — 4. Araujo (Garcia, 87′), 23. Kounde, 15. Christensen — 28. Balde, 21. De Jong (Kessie, 87′), 5. Busquets, 7. Dembele (Raphinha, 78′) — 8. Pedri (Fati, 90′), 30. Gavi (Roberto, 90′) — 9. Lewandowski.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona live updates, highlights, commentary

FULLTIME: Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona

A completely dominant performance from Barcelona, especially the midfield, and the Catalan side wins the Supercopa de Espana! It’s a resounding 90 minutes that will shape this rivalry for the foreseeable future, with the young guns showing the aging veterans how its done.

Barcelona have a number of promising players who were exceptional in this match, including midfielders Gavi and Pedri, plus young wing-back Alex Balde. Add in 25-year-old Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele, and this Barcelona side seems set up well for both now and the future.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have lots of reflecting to do. Aging veterans were not up to snuff, while a few young players did not have the same cutting edge as their opponents. Carlo Ancelotti’s finals streak comes to an end, and Madrid are now forced to refocus on the league where they also face a disadvantage.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Second Half

90+3 min: GOAL! REAL MADRID! It’s nothing more than a consolation for Karim Benzema, but the Frenchman marks his day with a late goal. It’s a goal thats in all honesty representative of the evening, as Benzema received the cross from the left and fired on frame, but his initial effort was stopped by Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s outstretched foot. It rebounded straight back to him, however, and he was able to finish the second chance. There is no celebration, as it’s nothing more than a footnote on an otherwise disappointing day.

87th min: A pair of changes for Barcelona as Eric Garcia and Franck Kessie come on. Ronald Araujo, who has had injury problems of late, limps off, a concerning sight for Barcelona fans. Frenkie de Jong also comes off. Moments later Pedri and Gavi are off for Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati.

On the restart, Lewandowski goes for rubbing salt in the wound, trying to catch Thibaut Courtois off his line from midfield, but it’s miles off target.

84th min: This game is ending as a snoozefest, as neither team has any desire to press the issue further. It’s understandable, as Barcelona have clearly stamped their dominance on this match and have no need to add any more. Real Madrid, for their part, are nowhere near the ball, with little desire to risk injury amongst a crowded fixture schedule for a pipe dream comeback.

76th min: Real Madrid look well beaten. They’re jogging around with no desire to win the ball off Barcelona in midfield. The Blaugrana, for their part, just start knocking it about, begging Real Madrid to come get the ball off them. The crowd gets more and more anxious. I’m sure the Spanish press will take this well and definitely not overreact.

Ousmane Dembele comes off, replaced by Raphinha who could use a good showing here to get back in form.

71st min: Carlo Ancelotti will bring on a duo of changes down 3-0, including a defensive one, which tells you everything you need to know about how he feels this game has gone. It’s Toni Kroos coming off, and it has to be said, the German midfielder has been one of the worst performers. Marco Asension replaces Kroos, while Dani Carvajal also comes off as Nacho Fernandez replaces him.

69th min: GOAL! BARCELONA! A third for the La Liga leaders, and this one’s all but over! Gavi with yet another goal contribution, as he first wins the ball back in midfield before producing a cross that, with the help of a deflection, falls to Pedri at the far post for a tap-in. This is an onslaught, and Real Madrid have surely deserved it, they’ve been so poor.

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63rd min: Barcelona simply look like the side with more energy, more desire, and more urgency in this match. Real Madrid are so nonchalant on the ball, and they seem to almost be expecting to fall short in various moves. Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr very nearly produced a brilliant chance down the left, passing between defenders with ease, but it reaches the feet of Benzema needing a final bit of magic which he fails to produce, and the Barcelona defenders pick the ball off him.

Luka Modric makes way for Dani Ceballos as Carlo Ancelotti continues to search for answers.

59th min: The game has fallen to sleep a bit, with Real Madrid showing some impetus but failing to produce any real chances. Barcelona largely holding firm and winning free-kicks to relieve pressure. Ancelotti, who is not often an animated figure, is showing some serious frustration on the touchline.

51st min: Chance, Barcelona! Another massive save from Thibaut Courtois! Barcelona surge forward at blistering speed, first through Alex Balde who races past Dani Carvajal with his afterburners down the left, and his cross bypasses Robert Lewandowski in the middle, finding Ousmane Dembele who’s one-on-one with the Real Madrid goalkeeper at the far post. Courtois makes a spectacular kick save to keep the game within reach.

49th min: Andreas Christensen is the first Barcelona player and second overall in this match to enter the referee’s book, with a full bear hug around Rodrygo on the touchline, dragging him off the ball. The official also has a chat with Rodrygo who went sprinting towards the referee brandishing a pretend card. Officials are always put off by that.

47th min: Real Madrid make it longer into the second half without conceding than they did against Valencia in the semifinal, when they coughed up a goal 22 seconds after the second-half whistle. It’s Madrid into the attack here, with Vinicius Jr trying to make something happen down the left but he’s walled off.

Kickoff: The players are out for the second half, and it looks like Rodrygo will enter the fray for Real Madrid. It’s hard to say there were any truly glaring tactical weaknesses for Los Blancos in that first half that could be changed with a substitution, the players just simply need to play better.

Still, there’s an attacking injection for Carlo Ancelotti as Madrid look to push for a comeback, with the final frame of regulation now under way.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Halftime

It has to be said, Barcelona were clearly the better side in that first half and absolutely deserve their two-goal lead. Real Madrid were incredibly poor, both on and off the ball.

Barcelona’s press directly led to the first goal just past the half-hour mark, while one simple pass through midfield sprung the second. It’s just been far too simple for Barcelona as they look comfortable absorbing token pressure, were pinpoint in their pressing, and ruthless in front of goal.

Lewandowski to Gavi for the first, Gavi to Lewandowski for the second. If not for a stellar Thibaut Courtois save, it could have been even worse. Real Madrid have plenty of changes to make!

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: First half

45th min: GOAL! BARCELONA! Another calamity from Real Madrid in midfield, and it results in another goal for Barcelona, finished off by Robert Lewandowski! Sergio Busquets starts it with an outstanding pass that gets right past both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, and then Gavi down the left edge of the penalty area cuts to Lewandowski at pace at the top of the six-yard box. Free on goal, Lewandowski would never miss from there, and Barcelona go 2-0 up. Too easy!

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43rd min: Vinicius Jr has a great chance to run at the Barcelona defense, but he takes a heavy first touch and the chance evaporates. He’s then whistled for a clear foul on Jules Kounde after losing out to the Barcelona defender at the top of the penalty area. The Brazilian is in quite poor form since returning from the World Cup.

39th min: Real Madrid holding significant possession again since the goal, but again not much to show for it. A poor corner delivery is cleared easily by the first man, and then another deep cross into the area is headed away by Ronald Araujo. Eder Militao makes a mistake in possession on the touchline and it goes out of play. Los Blancos are shell-shocked at the moment.

33rd min: GOAL! BARCELONA! Real Madrid so sloppy trying to play out of the back, and 18-year-old Gavi makes them pay! A turnover generated by an excellent Eduardo Camavinga tackle springs the chance, and the ball filters to Robert Lewandowski at the top of the penalty area. He slots it laterally to Gavi, and the reigining Golden Boy finishes with a cool left-footed effort.

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32nd min: First yellow card of the match comes to Ferland Mendy for yanking back Ousmane Dembele by the shoulder with both arms as the French winger hoped to cut across his defender on the ball. This is a dangerous free-kick chance for Barcelona from the right edge of the penalty area.

The delivery is an excellent one, right to the goal mouth, but it’s punched away by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and then the official stops play with Antonio Rudiger down. Looks like Rudiger took the brunt of the punch to the head from his German countrymate. He’s after a quick check he’s fine, and gets up to run it off.

28th min: It seemed that Barcelona had formluated out how to suffocate the Real Madrid buildup, but Los Blancos have finally figured out how to pass their way through. It’s still a very slow progression from Madrid, but there’s more space as Barcelona back off some to conserve energy.

There’s a worry that Robert Lewandowski has come off the pitch and is receiving medical treatment. It’s not quite clear why or for what, but play continues for now.

26th min: Great goalkeeping from Marc-Andre ter Stegen who comes off his line to dispossess Karim Benzema after it seemed he’d rounded the German goalkeeper. The flag goes up late and nullifies any potential profit from that move.

18th min: Chance, Real Madrid! Finally Real Madrid get into the Barcelona attacking third, and Karim Benzema puts a header wide! The cross from Ferland Mendy was exceptional, right on a platter, and you’d expect the Frenchman to do better with that. He was aiming for the top corner and missed.

Find out more about why Karim Benzema wears a bandage on his hand in all matches.

17th min: A significant amount of this opening 20 minutes has been played in the Real Madrid half. Los Blancos are struggling to get out of their area, despite holding significant possession. Barcelona press has been spectacular.

13th min: Chance, Barcelona! The Blaugrana are coming close, and Courtois makes an INCREDIBLE save!!! Robert Lewandowski takes aim from the top of the penalty area, and Courtois goes full stretch to push the ball off the post! SO CLOSE for Barcelona! Alex Balde has the follow up chance with Courtois on the ground but he lashes at it and rifles it way off target.

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11th min: Chance, Barcelona! Robert Lewandowski heads over! Another vertical looped ball over the top finds the head of Lewandowski at the near post this time, and his flick is over the crossbar with his back to goal. A very high degree of difficulty chance. There was also a hint of possible offside had it gone in, but it was very, very tight.

9th min: Vinicius Jr, who has been fouled the most of any player in La Liga, gets chopped down by a sliding Ronald Araujo challenge. The tackle comes outside the field of play over the touchline but it still counts, and gives a free-kick to Real Madrid in the middle third.

6th min: Chance, Barcelona! On a free-kick, Ronald Araujo somehow sneaks clear on the far post, and the ball from deep very nearly finds him as he slides towards the goal mouth, but it evades his stretch by inches. Very close, nobody marked the Uruguayan defender!

3rd min: Jules Kounde marshals the ball out of play with strength against Vinicius Jr who is pushing hard to win it back. Expect Kounde and Araujo to get plenty of Vini all match.

2nd min: Real Madrid possess the ball early but Barcelona generate a turnover in the attacking half, although little comes from it. Barcelona pressing quite high early on, but that likely won’t last terribly long.

Kickoff: The match between two heated rivals is under way from Saudi Arabia! It looks like Barcelona are indeed in a 3-4-2-1 with Ronald Araujo deployed as the right centre-back to defend Vinicius Jr.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Pre-match commentary, analysis

13 mins to kick: Real Madrid are in good shape, but it must hurt to see talent abroad excelling for other teams, particularly in the Premier League. They still have to replace the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric at some point too. Martin Odegaard would be quite useful for Los Blancos in that regard, but he is now at Arsenal, who are on their way to a Premier League title.

36 mins to kick: Barcelona legend Sergio Busquets will make his 45th appearance in El Clasico, equaling the record of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos. He may get a chance to break that mark later this season. What a career!

62 mins to kick: There are questions about how Barcelona will be structured in this match. There are reports that Ronald Araujo will line up on the flank and mark Vinicius Jr, while others believe this is a three-CB formation. Vinicius has been in poor form of late, and needs a big match to break out of his funk. Araujo has struggled with injuries of late but has performed well when asked to play out wide. Barcelona did occasionally show a three-CB formation in the semifinal, which does lend us to believe that’s how they will play.

75 mins to kick: The Barcelona lineup is now out, and the speculation that Xavi might switch to a 3-4-2-1 proved accurate. Both Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong are deployed as a midfield pivot, while the struggling Raphinha drops to the bench.

90 mins to kick: Incredibly, Carlo Ancelotti contests yet another final hoping to keep his streak alive, not having lost a final since 2014. He is fresh off winning the IFFHS 2022 Club Coach of the Year award just a few days ago, which is handed out by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, the statistical overlords of FIFA. See more on the trophies Carlo Ancelotti has won here.

105 mins to kick: Real Madrid, for whatever reason, has already announced their starting lineup for the match, even though it doesn’t start for quite some time. There’s just one minor surprise, as Rodrygo drops to the bench in favor of Luka Modric, who returns to the starting lineup and bumps Federico Valverde up to the wing.

120 mins to kick: Before things get serious and these two teams play for a title, here’s a little fun from the Barcelona social team, as Pedri and Ansu Fati play a game of 7-Second Challenge with each other, where they try to answer questions quickly. Always good to see a bit of the players’ personality!

Real Madrid vs Barcelona lineups & team news

A Real Madrid team already missing the injured Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba saw three more players pick up injuries in Wednesday’s semifinal. But only right-back Lucas Vazquez (right ankle) won’t recover in time for the final, forcing Dani Carvajal to start the match.

Luka Modric was rested against Valencia in the semifinal, and he returns as expected to start the final. It was thought that Eduardo Camavinga, who’s reportedly not 100 percent, would drop to the bench, but instead it’s Rodrygo who falls out, as Federico Valverde moves up into the attack. Ferland Mendy also returning to the XI after Nacho Fernandez served as the starter against Valencia.

Real Madrid confirmed starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Courtois (GK) — Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy — Kroos, Camavinga, Modric — Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

Real Madrid subs (12): Lopez (GK), Lunin (GK), N. Fernandez, Vallejo, Odorizola, Martin, Ceballos, Asensio, Hazard, Rodrygo, Diaz.

After starting the semifinal on the bench, veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets was expected to return to the XI, and he does, slotting into the middle. Sports daily AS posited a scenario in which coach Xavi Hernandez opts to play with four midfielders, in which Frenkie de Jong would come in for Raphinha, and that ultimately came true.

Reports also indicated that Ronald Araujo, who trained separately from the team on the eve of the match, would be tabbed to return. That also comes true, with Andreas Christensen entering at centre-back to partner with Jules Kounde and Araujo in a three-at-the-back system. Ousmane Dembele will play wing-back opposite Alex Balde.

Barcelona projected starting lineup (3-4-2-1, right to left): Ter Stegen (GK) — Araujo, Kounde, Christensen — Balde, Busquets, De Jong, Dembele — Pedri, Gavi — Lewandowski.

Barcelona subs (11): Pena (GK), Tenas (GK), Roberto, Alonso, Garcia, Alba, Kessie, Raphinha, Torres, Fati, Depay.

How to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Select broadcasters in countries around the world have carried the Spanish Supercopa matches, including in the UK and USA.

For other regions that don’t have a local broadcast or stream, fans can access the matches on streaming platform Shahid VIP, as indicated by LiveSoccerTV.

  TV channel Streaming
Australia  — Shahid
Canada  — Shahid
Hong Kong  — Shahid
India  — Shahid
Malaysia  — Shahid
New Zealand  — Shahid
Singapore  — Shahid
UK BT Sport 1 BT Sport site/app
USA ABC, ESPN Deportes fuboTV, ESPN+

UK: The Supercopa will be carried in the UK on BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.

USA: The match will be televised on ABC (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) with both those televised matches streaming on fuboTV. ESPN’s streaming service ESPN+ will also carry streams in English and Spanish for subscribers.

MORE: Everything to know about the Spanish Supercopa 2023

Real Madrid vs Barcelona betting odds & lines

Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Neds (Australia).

Barcelona have the slight edge according to the betting markets, with goals also expected in the match.

Although not listed in the table below, the betting numbers say that Robert Lewandowski has the better likelihood to score at nearly even money odds, with Karim Benzema at nearly the same price.

  USA
(Caesars)
Canada
(Sports
Interaction)
UK
(SkyBet)
AUS
(Neds)
Real Madrid win (90 mins) +180 2.64 7/4 2.65
Draw (90 mins) +245 3.39 13/5 3.25
Barcelona win (90 mins) +150 2.49 11/8 2.30
Both teams
to score (Y / N)
-160 / +125 1.52 / 2.21 1/2, 6/4 1.53 / 2.35
Over / Under
2.5 total goals
-135 / +105 1.68 / 2.10 8/13, 6/5 1.67 / 2.10
Real Madrid +0.5 -190 1.52
Barcelona -0.5 +155 2.43

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