Real win Spain's Super Cup on penalties

Real Madrid celebrate securing their 11th Spanish Super Cup title

Real Madrid have claimed the inaugural edition of the revamped Spanish Super Cup with a 4-1 penalty shootout victory over Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia.

Madrid won the shootout 4-1 after the final ended goalless after extra time to claim their 11th Super Cup trophy.

Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos all converted their spot kicks for Madrid.

Atletico's Saul Niguez missed his first penalty and Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked the attempt by Thomas Partey.

Kieran Trippier converted for Atletico.

"I had studied their penalty takers before," Courtois said. "I knew where Thomas was going to shoot."

Real played the final five minutes of added time with 10 men after Federico Valverde was shown a direct red for fouling Alvaro Morata when he only had Courtois to beat.

It was the fifth consecutive final between the city rivals since 2013 - including the 2016 Champions League decider won by Los Merengues.

Few Spanish fans travelled to the matches played thousands of miles from home with the crowd at King Abdullah stadium largely supporting Real.

The final featured more missed passes and fouls than scoring opportunities until late in added extra time.

Regular time saw glaring misses by Valverde and Atletico forward Joao Felix.

The Spanish soccer federation's deal to play in Saudi Arabia was reportedly worth 120 million euros ($A193m) with the competition expanded to four teams instead of two and moved from the start of the season to its midpoint.

The federation said the agreement will help Spain in its attempt to host the 2030 World Cup in a joint bid with Portugal.

The federation was not deterred by criticism from human rights activists and the recommendation of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin for European soccer teams not to play in countries "where the basic rights of women are not respected."

Federation president Luis Rubiales has tried to deflect the criticism by highlighting that opening the games to women spectators was part of the deal to play the matches in the energy-rich Middle Eastern kingdom.

The semi-finals produced two exciting contests as Real beat Valencia 3-1 while Atletico rallied past Barcelona 3-2 but the final was much less exciting.

Valverde had a horrible miss in the 67th after a deflected cross reached him in the goalmouth, heading the ball off his own leg and out.

The key moment to the unattractive contest was an ugly tackle from Valverde to cut down Morata as he was charging toward Courtois, triggering a brief tussle between rival players.