Madrid beat Valencia in Super Cup semi

Real Madrid will get another chance to celebrate a Spanish Super Cup title in Saudi Arabia.

Madrid defeated Valencia 4-3 in a penalty shootout in Wednesday's semi-final and will try to win their third Super Cup title at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh on Sunday.

The defending champions will face either Barcelona or Real Betis, who play in the other semi on Thursday.

Valencia defender Eray Comert sent his spot-kick over the crossbar and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved the penalty taken by Jose Luis Gaya to give Madrid the victory.

The teams drew 1-1 in regulation, thanks to a Karim Benzema penalty and a Samuel Lino goal, but were scoreless in extra time.

Benzema also converted in the shootout, as did teammates Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio.

"It was a tough match," Asensio said.

"We struggled a bit, but what matters is that we made it to the final and will have a chance to win another title."

This is the fourth edition of the revamped Super Cup, which used to be played only between the Spanish league champion and the Copa del Rey winner. Now the runners-up in both competitions also participate, forming a Final Four tournament that was taken to Saudi Arabia in a lucrative deal for the Spanish soccer federation. Madrid clinched the league ahead of Barcelona last season, while Betis won the cup final against Valencia.

Madrid won two of the first three editions of the revamped tournament, in 2020 and 2022. Athletic Bilbao triumphed in 2021, when the tournament was played back in Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Valencia, coached by Gennaro Gattuso, were trying to rebound from a tough run in which they won only one of their last eight Spanish league games.

"We are proud of the team," Valencia midfielder Andre Almeida said.

"We showed our quality. We deserved to win."