The 248th conflict between these two nice rivals was performed in Riyadh — the primary to be performed outdoors of Spain — with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) having agreed a multi-year deal for the semifinals and final of the Supercup to be performed in Saudi Arabia.
The 2019-20 version was the primary to be hosted by Saudi Arabia and the RFEF has now agreed a contract with the Saudis for the mini match to be held within the Middle Eastern nation till 2029, reportedly price €30 million ($34 million) per season.
The deal, orchestrated by RFEF president Luis Rubiales, is additional proof of Saudi Arabia’s international sporting ambitions.
The staging of the Supercup match in Saudi Arabia has additionally confronted criticism in Spain.
Before leaving for the match on Tuesday, Athletic Bilbao midfielder Raul Garcia — whose facet faces Atletico Madrid within the different semifinal on Thursday — referred to as the choice to host match p in Saudi Arabia “a whole nonsense.”
“Maybe I’m old skool, however soccer has modified and the followers have been forgotten. I do not suppose I want to say that, anybody can see,” Garcia stated, as reported by Reuters.
Despite the protestations, the match is about to be held overseas for one other eight years not less than and on Wednesday Real Madrid grew to become the primary staff to e-book its place in Sunday’s final.
The match in opposition to Barcelona, performed in Riyadh’s King Fahd Stadium, was action-packed and precisely what Saudi organizers would have been hoping for within the match opener.
Vinícius Jr. gave Real Madrid the lead after 25 minutes, earlier than Dutch ahead Luuk de Jong equalized for Barcelona simply earlier than half time.
Karim Benzema scored with just below 20 minutes remaining and Real appeared to be heading for victory, however teenager Ansu Fati’s objective seven minutes from time ensured the sport went to additional time.
However, Real did as soon as once more get itself into the lead by way of Valverde eight minutes into additional time and Barcelona was unable to discover an equalizer for a 3rd time, that means Los Blancos will now play both Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s final, hosted on the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium.