The pick of this year’s UEFA Champions League semifinals gets underway this evening, with reigning champs Real Madrid taking on tournament favorites Manchester City at the Bernabéu Stadium in Spain’s capital for this much-anticipated first-leg clash.
English Premier League leaders City will be hoping star striker Erling Haaland continues his astonishing form, which has seen him clock up over 50 goals across all competitions this season, including 12 just in this tournament.
Madrid also boast a fearsome front line, with the quality of Karim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior likely to ensure that this match is unlikely to end goalless.
Both sides approach the game with significant absentees at the back, with key Madrid defender Éder Militão ruled out through suspension, while City’s in-form center back Nathan Aké sidelined with a hamstring issue.
Below, we’ll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch the game live wherever you are in the world.
Real Madrid vs. Manchester City: When and where?
Real Madrid host Man City at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Tuesday, May 9. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. CET local time in Spain (8 p.m. BST in the UK, 3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT in the US, and 5 a.m. AEST on Wednesday, May 10 in Australia). The second leg is next Wednesday, May 17.
How to watch the Real Madrid vs. Man City game online from anywhere using a VPN
If you find yourself unable to view the game locally, you may need a different way to watch the game — that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. So if your internet provider or mobile carrier has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout area. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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Livestream the Real Madrid vs. Man City game in the US
Tuesday’s big match at the Bernabéu will be available to stream on Paramount Plus, which has live broadcast rights in the US for every UEFA Champions League and Europa League fixture for the 2022/23 season.
Livestream the Real Madrid vs. Man City game in the UK
Champions League rights in the UK are with BT Sport, with this game set to be broadcast on the BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate 4K channels. If you already have BT Sport as part of your TV package, you can stream the game via the BT Sport app, but cord-cutters will want to get set up with a BT Sport Monthly Pass account to stream the game.
Livestream the Real Madrid vs. Man City game in Canada
If you want to stream this game live in Canada, you’ll need to subscribe to DAZN Canada. The service has exclusive broadcast rights to every Champions League match this season.
Livestream the Real Madrid vs. Man City game in Australia
Football fans Down Under can watch this Champions League match on streaming service Stan Sport, which is showing every single Champions League game live in Australia this season.
Quick tips for streaming the Champions League using a VPN
- With four variables at play — your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN — your experience and success when streaming Champions League matches may vary.
- If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for city or country” option.
- If you’re having trouble getting the game after you’ve turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
- All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network’s sports app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location.
- And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.