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22′ Valencia are starting to settle into the match now as they knock the ball around a little more freely. Los Che have had just 31 per cent of the ball so far and have yet to register an attempt of note.

20′ CHEEKY! Jaume has already been caught out once today but he is alert to keep out Casemiro’s attempt from inside his own half. There is no harm in trying, I guess!

19′ Real Madrid have won five of their six single-game ties against Valencia, all of them in finals. The last one was the 2000 Champions League final when winning 3-0 in Paris.

17′ Jaume was seemingly sorting out his defence when being caught out by Kroos for that opening goal. Valencia are starting to get the ball forward a little more frequently now, but Madrid are standing firm at the back.

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15′ GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!! VALENCIA 0-1 REAL MADRID! UNBELIEVABLE FROM KROOS! Madrid have dominated the early stages and they have taken the lead through some Kroos brilliance. The midfielder spots Jaume is not properly positioned and whips in a corner that catches out the Valencia keeper. Jaume gets two hands to it but he is behind the line and is unable to spare his blushes.

13′ Madrid are controlling the tempo of the game, which is to be expected with the likes of Kroos, Valverde, Casemiro and Modric on the pitch. Valencia are having to hold on in there.

12′ Gameiro is leading the line for Valencia, with Torres to his right and Soler on the left. Not that we have seen much of Los Che’s attacking talents thus far – it has been all Madrid!

10′ Valencia are struggling to get the ball out of their own half. Carvajal attempts to swing in a cross from the right but it is cut out by the first man. To Valencia’s credit, they force their opponents all the way back to Courtois.

8′ Valverde is the latest Madrid player to have a go at goal, but he fails to find the target. Zidane’s men have started on top and are good value for an early breakthrough on the basis of the first eight minutes.

6′ SAVE! Varane was on the scoresheet last weekend and he nearly opens the scoring here. The centre-backs gets his head to a free-kick but Jaume makes the save from close range.

5′ Isco, heavily involved in these early stages, feeds the ball to Casemiro and the Brazil international’s long-ranger flies over Jaume’s bar.

3′ Soler clips Isco and the Madrid midfielder goes crashing to the ground. A free-kick is awarded around 30 yards out, which Kroos delivers into the middle. It is a Valencia player that gets to it first.

1′ KICK-OFF! We are up and running in the first of the two Supercopa semi-finals!

The teams are coming out onto the pitch at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, with kick-off just moments away.

Real Madrid have won the Supercopa de Espana on 13 previous occasions, most recently in 2017 when beating Barcelona 5-1 over two legs. Valencia are one-time winners of the competition, with their maiden success coming in 1999.

Garay and Kondogbia are restored to Valencia’s starting line-up on the back of last weekend’s 1-0 home win over Eibar in LaLiga. Rodrigo Moreno suffered a sprain to his right knee in that match and misses out today, so Gameiro and Torres are tasked with leading the line.

Madrid show three changes from their 3-0 win over neighbours Getafe last weekend. Skipper Ramos returns from suspension to partner Varane – on the scoresheet in that most recent outing – in the heart of defence, with Militao dropping down to the bench. Gareth Bale is absent from the squad and his place in the side taken by Jovic, while Valverde takes over from the absent Benzema as Zinedine Zidane seemingly tweaks formation. Hazard, like Bale, is not part of the squad due to an ankle injury.

Subs: James Rodriguez, Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, Alphonse Areola, Mariano Diaz, Vinicius Junior, Marcelo.

REAL MADRID XI (4-3-2-1): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos (c), Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Isco, Luka Modric; Luka Jovic.

Subs: Jasper Cillessen, Maxi Gomez, Vicente Esquerdo, Mouctar Diakhaby, Ruben Sobrino, Jaume Costa, Denis Cheryshev.

VALENCIA XI (4-4-2): Jaume Domenech; Daniel Wass, Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Jose Gaya; Francis Coquelin, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Daniel Parejo (c), Carlos Soler; Kevin Gameiro, Ferran Torres.

The final will be staged at this same venue on Sunday, with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid facing off in the other semi-final on Thursday. Madrid are unbeaten in 14 matches in all competitions and come into this game as favourites given they are nine points better off than Valencia in LaLiga. Albert Celades’ side have lost just one of their last 12 games, meanwhile, so this should be a tight contest.

Rather than the traditional one-off tie between the LaLiga champions and Copa del Rey holders we have become accustomed to, from this season the Supercopa is being contested between last term’s top three in the Spanish top flight, plus domestic cup winners Valencia.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Supercopa de Espana semi-final clash between Valencia and Real Madrid at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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