Manchester City vs Real Madrid live stream, match preview, team news and kick-off time for this Champions League semi-final match

Karim Benzema and John Stones battle in the REal Madrid vs Manchester City Champions League semi-final first leg
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Manchester City vs Real Madrid live stream and match preview, Wednesday May 17, 8pm BST

Manchester City vs Real Madrid live stream and match preview

Looking for a Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream? We've got you covered. Real Madrid vs Manchester City is on BT Sport in the UK and on free-to-air RTE in Ireland. Away from home for the game? Use a VPN to watch the Champions League with your subscription from anywhere.

This tie is finely poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Madrid.

Manchester City will feel they have the better chance to progress with home advantage on their side – but Pep Guardiola's side will remember all too well having a 2-1 lead at this stage of the competition against the same team a year ago, only for Los Blancos to make it to the final.

This is all familiar territory for Real Madrid, of course. Barcelona may have won La Liga at the weekend, but domestic titles have been (relatively) few for Madrid over the last decade, while they have made winning Champions Leagues look easy – five of the last nine have gone their way.

For this game, they will be putting their hopes on a combination of an old guard well versed in big occasions, such as Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, and the next generation of stars, such as Vinicius Jr, who excelled in the first leg. They will also be hoping that they can keep Erling Haaland as quiet as they did a week ago...

Kick-off is at 8pm BST.

Team news

Rodri is not an injury concern for Manchester City, despite his substitution at the weekend, while Nathan Ake may be available for selection after his hamstring injury.

Eder Militao returns from suspension for Real Madrid, and Ferland Mendy is back after injury, though Eduardo Camavinga limped off in this weekend's game.


Manchester City: WDWWW

Real Madrid: WDWLW


Szymon Marciniak of Poland will be the referee for Real Madrid vs Manchester City.


Manchester City vs Real Madrid will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Kick-off and channel

Manchester City vs Real Madrid kick-off is at 8pm BST on Wednesday May 17 in the UK and Ireland. The game is being shown on BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate the BT Sport website and the BT Sport app, as well as RTE 1 in the Republic of Ireland.

In the US, kick-off time is 3pm ET / 12pm PT. The match will be shown on Paramount+ in the US. See below for international broadcast options.

VPN guide

Use a VPN to watch Champions League football from outside your country

If you’re out of the country for a Champions League fixture, then you won't be able to watch on your domestic streaming service as usual. The broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!) and blocks you from watching it. You can use a VPN to get around that, though, without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs, creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and will let you watch. And all the info going between is entirely encrypted, anonymous and safe – and that's a result.

There are plenty of good-value options out there. For the Champions League, FourFourTwo currently recommends:


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International Champions League TV rights

• UK: BT Sport has all the rights to the Champions League.
• USA: CBS, Paramount+ and fuboTV are the places to watch the Champions League.
• Canada: The way to watch Premier League football in 2022/23 is DAZN.
• Australia: Stan Sport will screen every game of the Champions League.
• New Zealand: Spark Sport is serving up all the Champions League games.

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Conor Pope
Online Editor

Conor Pope is the Online Editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing all digital content, and joined the team in February 2019. He plays football regularly, both on grass and artificial surfaces, and has a large, discerning and ever-growing collection of football shirts from around the world.

He supports Blackburn Rovers and holds a season ticket with south London non-league side Dulwich Hamlet. His main football passions include Tugay, the San Siro and only using a winter ball when it snows.