Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup live!

10.00pm BST

29 min: Its a little disappointing Simeone has been sent off. He was like a WWF wrestler or a panto dame on the side of the pitch, waving and shouting, and getting booed and cheered in equal measure. On the pitch, Godin puts in a strong tackle on Bale and deprives him of a shooting chance. From the resulting corner, Real Madrid concede a foul.

9.56pm BST

26 min: Back to the football. Bale wins a corner with Juanfran off the pitch and changing his shirt. From the corner, Real attack hard and Atletico scramble to get the ball away. They just about manage it before James comes steaming into the box, takes a reverse ball and scuffs a shot across goal that nearly bobbles in. Real Madrid have gone up a gear here, and again push hard before forcing a save from Moya.

Simeone has utterly lost control on the sideline, hes marching about all over the place. He pats the referees assistant on the back of the head and gets himself sent off for his troubles. As he goes, he tries to gee up the crowd – clapping his hands at them, waving his arms. He looks utterly demonic, if were being honest.

9.53pm BST

23 min: Now Coentrao flattens Juanfran, who gets a knee to the nose in the middle of a tackle. He looks a bit groggy, but otherwise OK. Simeone wanders onto the pitch to give the referee some advice on how to deal with things, which is thoughtful.

9.52pm BST

21 min: Kroos goes into Raul Garcia, knocking him flat. Diego Simeone loses his mind on the touchline. Basically, players are largely clobbering each other at the moment.

9.51pm BST

20 min: A stretcher and blanket is brought on for Ramos. Hes back on the pitch a minute later. The whole act has a touch of this about it:

9.49pm BST

19 min: Things are beginning to get a bit tasty here.The crowd whistle and howl as Mandzukic is flattened by Ramos. Mandzukic looks quite hurt. Ramos is rolling around in the style of a man who has just clattered someone quite hard and doesnt want a yellow card, so is pretending to be injured.

9.48pm BST

18 min: Koke goes in a little firmly and Real Madrid are awarded a free kick. James lofts it in, Ramos attempts a scissor kick and were left with a corner instead. Tiago, who has been holding things together in the midfield for Atletico, is given a yellow card for the crime of yapping at the referee. From the corner, the ball is cleared and Modric screws a long shot over the bar.

9.45pm BST

15 min: Griezmann flashes a surprise shot from distance at Casillas. It takes a nick on the way through the defence and goes out for a corner. Every time Atletico get the ball, they do something direct with it. Real are somewhat fannying about when in possesssion.

9.44pm BST

14 min: Real Madrid skedaddle the ball about a bit, before James whips a ball into the box that might have been a shot, or might have been a cross. Was probably a cross, but had it gone in he wouldnt have admitted it. Its a moot point, however, as it actually went into touch.

9.42pm BST

11 min: Siqueira goes down after a shove from Bale. Those two were going at it in the first leg as well. One to keep an eye on. Hopefully.

9.40pm BST

10 min: Alonso finds Modric out on the right wing after a little spell of midfield passing. Real are attempting to settle by keeping hold of the ball. The cross, though, goes straight into Moyas arms. A moment later, Coentrao crosses from the other wing. His effort goes over the goal though.

9.38pm BST

7 min: Real Madrid get themselves into an unusual position: in possession. They probe away up their right wing but, everytime a player gets the ball, he finds an Atletico player invading his personal space. If Atletico intend to play the season in this style, theres a chance theyll be burned out by 4 September.

9.36pm BST

4 min: Atletico continue to attack and Koke goes down in the box. The referee says no penalty, not that Koke was asking for one. A breathless start here.

9.35pm BST

2 min: Real Madrid have barely touched the ball, Atletico have been playing in the traiditional style: like a swarm of angry bees. Meanwhile, they appear to have brought in another striker who can put away chances when he needs to. When was the last time Atletico had a srtiker who didnt do the job (then get signed by someone else at the end of the season)?

9.32pm BST

Atletico have come out as if fired from a cannon! Raul Garcia fires a shot at goal, which is saved. The clearance goes long and is claimed by keeper Koya. He launches it upfield, and in the most Route One way possible, its nodded on to Mandzukic who smashes it past Casillas. Oof.

9.31pm BST

Peep, peep: were off. Atletico immediately nick the ball from Real, pump it forward to Mandzukic in the Real area and a late tackle prevents him getting a shot away. He does win a corner, though, which is cleared.

9.29pm BST

The teams are on the pitch and the captains are exchanging pendants. What do they do with all the pendants? They must have hundreds of thousands of them by now.

9.28pm BST

So this match kicks off at 10.30pm Spanish time (9.30pm BST). Which means it will finish tomorrow. I quite like the idea of football matches spanning two days. I dont know why. Searing analysis there from the Guardian. We won a Pulitzer, you know.

9.15pm BST

Rodriguezs goal celebrations dont look as good without a giant bug on his arm, emails Ian Copestake accurately. Compare and contrast:

9.11pm BST

There were one or two rumours that Sami Khedira is in Munich talking to Bayern tonight, which both explains why hes not here tonight and is also not good news for Arsene Wenger who was hoping to sign him. No rumours as to where Angel Di Maria is, though after having said he wants to leave the club, he might well be on the naughty step. Or at Old Trafford, which more or less equates to the same thing these days.

9.05pm BST

A stat, for anyone that way inclined.

0 – Iker Casillas has not lost any of the 28 derbies against Atletico Madrid in which he has started (W21 D7). Titular

9.01pm BST

Atletico Madrid: 1 Moya, 20 Juanfran, 23 Miranda, 2 Godin, 3 Siqueira, 14 Gabi, 5 Tiago, 6 Koke, 8 Raul Garcia, 7 Griezmann, 9 Mandzukic,

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8.30pm BST

Good evening, its time for Part Dos. Three days ago, these two sides played out one half of football that was, lets face it, dull. The match kicked off deep into the Spanish night – so deep, in fact, that parts of the second half were technically played the following day. Fortunately, it was the following day that this livened up: two late goals setting this second leg up nicely at 1-1.

Somehow, it feels as though these two sides have been duking it out, on and off, for months. Its been a series of skirmishes that began in the league last season (that battle being won by Atlético), continued in the Champions League final and – with a brief pause for a World Cup and reinforcements – commenced again on Tuesday for the first leg of this Spanish Super Cup.

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