Wed 25 May 2016, 08:58
SuperSport switched on for Champions League crescendo
All roads lead to Milan for this weekend’s Champions League final. After a riveting season, Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are the only two left standing.
SuperSport will help bring the curtain down with a full Champions League package this week, culminating in the year’s biggest clash.
The countdown to the big match (SS3/3A/3N) will begin on Thursday with a season review with highlights from every match through to the semi-finals. On Friday, past finals will be highlighted.
There will also be five-minute highlights of every Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid match in the Champions League this season from 17:30 on match day ahead of the big game.
The match itself will be available on all DStv packages from DStv Premium to DStv Access.
Every possible viewing platform will be accommodated, including live streaming (via supersport.com and the SuperSport and DStv Now apps), social and the DStv Catch Up service.
There will be also live updates on supersport.com. Popular analyst John Barnes will be part of the studio build-up while Andy Townsend and Neil Andrews will be reporting live from Stadio San Siro ahead of the 20:45 kickoff.
The studio build-up will start at 20:30 for the English-speaking channels (Select SA and Select GO SA join late due to live sport) and at 20:00 for the Portuguese channels.
The match will be on the following channels: SS 3/3A/3N; Select South Africa; Select Go South Africa; SS 11A/11N; Select 1; Go 1; Maximo 1; Max 360.
Among the galaxy of stars who will line-up, one shines the brightest.
Real’s talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands on the verge of lifting yet another trophy having played a leading role in getting his side into the showpiece decider.
He goes into the final at the San Siro in Milan with the tantalising prospect of making more history – needing two goals to beat his own record of 17 in a single Champions League campaign.
The Portuguese star has 16 in 11 matches in this year’s competition, one shy of the number he netted in the 2013/14 season when he also led Real to the trophy win, beating Atletico 4-1 in the final that year.
He almost single-handedly dragged his team through their quarter-final tie this year with German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, netting a hat-trick in the second leg after his side had trailed 2-0 from the first game. This came after scoring in both legs of the second round tie with Serie A side Roma, and running riot in the pool stages with 11 goals, including two hat-tricks.
He is likely to be influential again in the final, though he has yet to find the back of the net against Atletico this season. In fact, he has not scored against his club’s city rivals in the last five meetings between the clubs in all competitions. Real are seeking to extend their record of 10 Champions League final wins, with Atletico searching for a maiden win in Europe’s elite club competition.