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Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream: how to watch the Champions League semi-final second leg online and on TV, team news

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After an absolute classic at the Etihad last week, Manchester City travel to Madrid hoping to reach their second Champions League final in a row. Can it possibly live up to the excitement of the first leg? Make sure you know how to watch a Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream from anywhere the world.

US soccer fans can stream Real Madrid vs Manchester City free with the free 7-day trial of Paramount+. Don't forget to use a VPN if you're a US citizen stuck outside the States. UK fans can get a BT Sport Monthly Pass.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream

Date: Wednesday 4th May 2022

Kick off: 8pm GMT / 3pm ET

Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid

Free stream trial: Paramount+ (US)

Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN

Manchester City will feel like they should've won the first leg more comfortably than they did, with numerous good chances spurned in front of goal, but they don't necessarily need another victory to go through tonight. They have beaten Real Madrid in their last three Champions League meetings, though, and will become just the fourth English side to reach consecutive finals if they do prevail at the Bernabéu. Could this be the year Pep Guardiola finally the wins the biggest prize of them all without the help of Leo Messi?

The ex-Barcelona boss has made four changes to the team that played against Leeds on Saturday, with Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez recalled to the starting 11 and Kyle Walker returning from an ankle injury. Nathan Aké, İlkay Gündoğan, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish will have to hope they get an opportunity from the bench.

Real Madrid come into this game fresh off the back of securing a record 35th La Liga title by beating Espanyol at home. Boss Carlo Ancelotti has now won league titles in England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and was pictured smoking a cigar onboard the obligatory open-top bus parade through the city afterwards, but he'll have to ensure there aren't any lingering hangovers among his players when Man City come to town.

The Real boss has made two changes to the team that played at the Etihad last week, with Nacho and Casemiro in for Alaba and Rodrygo, who both drop to the bench.    

It's an 8pm GMT kick-off at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium tonight, Wednesday 4th May 2022. Read on for more details on how to watch a Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream wherever you are in the world. 

Watch a Real Madrid vs Manchester City free live stream

Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream and how to watch the Champions League for free

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Soccer fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch UEFA Champions League games live through Paramount Plus – and the first 7 days are free. After that, you'll pay $5.99 a month. No contract.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City starts at 3pm ET on Wednesday.

Of course, Paramount Plus is only available within the US. Stuck abroad? Simply use a VPN to access the live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City Paramount+ 7-day free trial

Real Madrid vs Manchester City Paramount+ 7-day free trial
Watch UEFA Champions League and Europa League football for free with a 7-day free trial of Paramount Plus. You can choose from any of the Champions League and Europa League games. It's $5.99 per month once the trial expires. Cancel at any time.

Watch a Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream from abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30 days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days

Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up. Try it – you'll be surprised how simple it is.

How to use a VPN for Real Madrid vs Manchester City

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Using a VPN for Paramount Plus is incredibly simple: 

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the Champions League, you may wish to choose 'USA' for Paramount +.

3. Then head over to Paramount+ on your browser or device and enjoy the Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream.

If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, then do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark which offers 24 hour assistance.

UK: Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream with a BT Sport Monthly Pass

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BT Sport has the rights to 52 2021/22 Premier League football matches in the UK, plus all the best European action from the Champions League and Europa League.  

A BT Sport Monthly Pass costs just £25 a month in the UK, making it one of the cheapest ways to watch Premier League football without signing a long-term contract.

BT Sport Monthly Pass: Premier League football for £25

BT Sport Monthly Pass: Premier League football for £25
This UK-only pass gets you full access to all the BT Sport channels for a simple monthly fee. Enjoy the English Premier League, Champions League and more through the BT Sport app on smart TVs, mobiles, tablets, games consoles, Chromecast or through the BT Sport website. No contract, no fuss.

Already have BT TV and BT broadband? You can add BT Sport to your package for only £15 a month (plus a £20 joining fee).

Virgin Media customers can watch the football when available by subscribing to BT Sport as desired. Virgin Media’s Bigger + Sports bundle covers both Sky and BT televised games.

Full BT Sport package from £15 per month

Full BT Sport package from £15 per month
The other option for BT customers is to upgrade their TV package to include the sports channels. You can add all of the BT Sport channels for just £15 per month. For the Big Bundle, which includes all the Sky Sports too, it's £40 per month – more expensive, granted, but you'll never miss a match again.

Watch the Champions League live in 4K

Lucky you, Real Madrid vs Manchester City is available in HD and in 4K HDR at 50fps on BT Sport Ultimate, channel 433. If you're hooked up specifically on the BT TV platform then it's also available in with Dolby Atmos sound.

BT Sport Ultimate fixtures are also available, minus the Atmos, for Virgin Media customers who subscribe to the BT Sport Collection. You can enjoy it in 4K HDR on channel 555.

BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media £18 per month

BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media £18 per month
The BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media is a £18 bolt-on, at the time of writing. It brings coverage of football, rugby, cricket, UFC and more, plus access to BT Sport Ultra HD for 4K viewing. You can cancel the subscription at any time.

Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they're getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £69 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.

BT Sport Ultimate is not available on the Sky TV platform but anyone with an Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV or a Samsung TV can watch the Champions League in 4K HDR using the BT Sport app with the BT Sport Monthly Pass. No contract required.

Watch Real Madrid vs Manchester City in Australia

If you're in Australia, local streaming service Stan Sport provides live coverage of the UEFA Champions League (including Real Madrid vs Manchester City), Europa League and Europa Conference League.

To begin with, there's a Stan 30-day free trial. After that, you choose your base package and the necessary sport add-on costs AU$10 a month on top (so, from $20 a month in total).

Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.

You can download the Stan app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, most smart TVs, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Stan live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it's also available on Xbox and PlayStation.

Watch a Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream in Canada

Football fans in Canada can watch every Champions League, Europa League and Premier League game – including Real Madrid vs Manchester City – live on DAZN.  

A subscription to the streaming service costs $20 (CAD) a month or $150 (CAD) a year.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City: watch on DAZN ($20/m)

Real Madrid vs Manchester City: watch on DAZN ($20/m)
DAZN Canada has the rights to every Champions League 2021/22 live stream, plus Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, Premier League, US Sports, fightsports, and more. No contract. Cancel anytime.

Champions League 2021/22 fixtures

Real Madrid vs Manchester City live stream and how to watch the Champions League for free

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Matches kick off at 8pm GMT (3pm ET)

Tuesday 3rd May 2022 (SF second leg)

Villarreal vs Liverpool

Wednesday 4th May 2022 (SF second leg)

Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Champions League Final 2021/22

28th May 2022

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