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Where to watch the 2022 Champions League final from Spain

The 2022 Champions League final is upon us, with Real Madrid and Liverpool squaring off on Saturday night. But which TV channels are showing the match live in Spain, and do you have to pay?

Where to watch the 2022 Champions League final from Spain
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 26, 2018. Photo: Luis Gene/AFP

The 2022 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid is on Saturday night, May 28th, at 9pm Spain time (8pm Canary Islands time), live from the Stade de France stadium in Paris.

With 19 Champions League titles between them (Madrid have 13, Liverpool 6) Saturday will see a showdown between the two most decorated clubs in European football history, and a rematch of the 2018 final that saw Madrid run out 3-1 winners.

Which Spanish TV channels are showing the Champion League final?

There are a number of different TV and streaming options available to watch the football season’s curtain closer from Spain.

The easiest choice is to watch it on La 1, the first channel on Spanish terrestrial TV, as the public broadcaster RTVE has the rights to broadcast the final live this year. 

That’s great news for pretty much anyone with a television in Spain, as they can watch the match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at home completely for free. It’s the first time in seven years that RTVE has the rights to show La final de Champions, as it’s called in Spain. 

The fact that it will be broadcast ‘en abierto‘ (for free) is also excellent news for bar owners and those who want to watch the game outdoors in the company of friends, as more establishments will be able to show the match on their televisions, something that isn’t always financially viable for many with the paid sport channel subscriptions.

The match will also be broadcast on channel 50 of Movistar TV, but this Champions League channel is only available to those who are suscribed to Movistar’s football package.

For those without a television set, there’s the option of watching the game online via a laptop, tablet or mobile either through Orange TV’s web platform, Movistar’ Yomvi or on RTVE’s own online platform.

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Spain thrash Costa Rica 7-0 in World Cup opener

Spain shredded Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday in a brutal destruction in their Group E opener which launched their bid to lift a second World Cup.

Spain thrash Costa Rica 7-0 in World Cup opener

Avoiding the fate of giants Argentina and group rivals Germany, who lost 2-1 to Japan earlier on, Luis Enrique’s fancied side sparkled at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium, dominating possession and taking their chances mercilessly.

Ferran Torres netted twice and Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata were also on the scoresheet for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists in an emphatic romp.

In the past the 2010 World Cup winners have paid the price for profligacy, but all three forwards Luis Enrique selected netted in the first half to pay back his trust in them.

The coach placed Asensio at false nine, flanked by Olmo and Torres, starting with Morata and Ansu Fati on the bench.

READ ALSO: Where to watch the Qatar World Cup on TV in Spain

The coach opted to deploy Manchester City midfielder Rodri Hernandez in central defence, alongside club team-mate Aymeric Laporte, correctly anticipating his team would monopolise the ball.

It took only 11 minutes for La Roja to open the scoring, with Gavi stabbing a pass forward for Olmo to receive in the area and the RB Leipzig winger taking one sublime touch to turn and another to stroke the ball gently past Keylor Navas.

Costa Rica, who were a surprise package at the 2014 World Cup, beating Italy and Uruguay and drawing with England to top their group, were sliced apart again for the second goal 10 minutes later.

Jordi Alba’s low drilled cross was rammed home by Real Madrid forward Asensio past his former team-mate Navas, who might have done more to keep it out.

Torres stroked home from the penalty spot after Alba was fouled by Oscar Duarte –- a soft call on a hard night for Los Ticos, who were never in the game and failed to muster a shot at goal.

Barcelona forward Torres capitalised on more slack defending to fire the fourth past Navas early in the second half.

Luis Enrique was able to take off the effervescent Pedri and Torres before the hour mark in order to rest them for Sunday’s clash with Germany, and handed teenage Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde his debut.

The 19-year-old roared up the pitch in the build-up to Spain’s fifth goal, with substitute Morata crossing for Gavi to drill home with aplomb.

Kopa Trophy winner Gavi became the third youngest goalscorer at a World Cup at 18 years and 110 days old, after Mexico’s Manuel Rosas and record holder Pele.

Soler and Morata then got in on the act with stoppage-time strikes to pile further misery on Costa Rica and help Spain flex their muscles in a perfect opening match in Qatar.

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