The Santiago Bernabeu stadium will play host to Real Madrid vs Sporting CP in Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League. The match is set to kick off at 8:45 CET and will be aired LIVE in Australia through UEFA broadcast partners BeIN Sports.
The match is a special one for football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid vs Sporting CP pits his current club against his first professional club. The Portuguese captain started his career with Sporting CP back in 1997-2003.
Real Madrid will be starting their title defense and will aim to be the first club to defend a UEFA Champions League title. They won their 11th trophy last May, and will be keen on taking back-to-back victories.
Both teams started their domestic campaigns on a high note. Each won four out of their first four games this season. They also enjoyed emphatic victories in their league matches over the weekend. Real Madrid defeated Osasuna 5-2, while Sporting CP defeated Moreirense 3-0.
While Real Madrid are the clear favorites in this pairing, Zinedine Zidane knows that they cannot underestimate their opponent. “We are one of the favorites, but that means nothing – you have to work hard and play well to achieve anything in this competition,” he said.
Real Madrid: Casilla; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Sporting: Patrício; João Pereira, Coates, Semedo, Zeegelaar; William Carvalho, Adrien, Ruiz; Campbell, Gelson, Dost
The full list of worldwide broadcast partners has been shared on the UEFA website. Fans in the United States can catch the game through FOX Sports. Sports giant ESPN also has rights to air the games in several territories. Most of Europe have their own local coverage.