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How to watch Champions League 21/22 — live stream the final for free

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Trust us, you'll want to know how to watch the Champions League 21/22 — because the Liverpool vs Real Madrid final promises to be a classic game between two top sides. 

What's more, it's streaming live for FREE in some countries — and you can watch all the action from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab).

Champions League 21/22 key fixtures

The 21/22 UEFA Champions League final is today (Saturday, May 28)
Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Time: 8 p.m. BST / 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
FREE LIVE STREAMSYouTube (opens in new tab) (U.K.) / 9Now (opens in new tab) (Aus)
• U.S. — Free Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) trial
U.K. — Watch on BT Sport (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

With not long to go until kick off, the teams have now been announced. 

Luis Diaz will start up front for Liverpool, with Diogo Jota on the bench, while Thiago and Fabinho have both been passed fit to start in midfield alongside Jordan Henderson. Perhaps surprisingly, Ibrahima Konaté has been picked over Joel Matip in central defence.

Valverde will start on Madrid's right wing, forming part of a trio with Vini Jr and Benzema. David Alaba had been a doubt, but is fit to start in defence.

Here's how they line up:

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz.

Substitutes: Kelleher, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Jota, Tsimikas, Matip, Elliott.

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Eder Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

Substitutes: Substitutes: Lunin, Hazard, Nacho, Asensio, Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez, Bale, Dani Ceballos, Rodrygo, Camavinga, Isco, Mariano.

It's all set up to be an absolute classic — and you can watch it all wherever you are. What's more, there are several free options for this game, depending on where you are. So read on for our full guide to how to watch Champions League 21/22 online. 

How to watch Champions League 21/22 live streams of every game

Every Champions League 21/22 game will be streamed live online somewhere in the world. The trick is in finding out where.

Champions League fixtures: The Final (May 28)

In the U.K., for example, all 125 games in the Champions League 21/22 group stages and knockout rounds will be streamed live on BT Sport. 

That's good news wherever you are, because a VPN — or virtual private network — will let you tune into U.K. coverage from anywhere on the planet. And the same goes for every other country. So, if you're a Brit on vacation in the U.S., you'll be able to use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live on your usual services.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Paramount Plus or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch Champions League 21/22 live streams in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch every single game of the 2021-2022 Champions League campaign on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab). That costs $4.99/month for the basic package or $9.99 without ads, but there's currently a 7-day FREE trial of the service (opens in new tab), so it's well worth checking out if you haven't used it before.

Some games will also be shown on CBS, and Spanish-language coverage is available on TUDN or UniMás with your cable package.

If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, Fubo.TV is another option. The Pro Plan costs $70 per month but gives you 121 channels, including CBS local channels, TUDN and UniMás, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Champions League 21/22 live streams by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from the deep ViacomCBS vault. For $9.99 per month, get access to Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight. And more great stuff is on the way, including Frasier and Criminal Minds revivals.

If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including TUDN. 

How to watch Champions League 21/22 live streams in Canada

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Canadians are just as lucky as their southern neighbors, because they can watch every Champions League 21/22 live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab)

Sadly, DAZN no longer offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period, so you'll have to pay the $20 CAD per month fee, although you can save a little by buying annually ($150 CAD). DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.

Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to trick their streaming device to thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch Champions League 21/22 live streams in the UK

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To watch the UEFA Champions League 21/22 campaign in the U.K. you'll need BT Sport (opens in new tab), because it has the rights to all 125 games in the group and knockout stages. 

However, for the final only BT has made the game available to watch for FREE in the U.K. It will be shown on the BT Sport website (opens in new tab), the BT Sport app (opens in new tab) and the BT Sport YouTube (opens in new tab) page.

If you decide you want to subscribe anyway, prices differ depending on whether you already have BT TV and a BT broadband subscription. If you have both, you can add the Sports package for £15/month plus a £20 upfront fee, or go for the £40/month Big Sports package which also includes all of the Sky Sports channels.

Another option for non-BT subscribers is the BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab) (£25), which lets you watch via an app for a fixed time, with no need for a lengthy commitment.

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the games by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

How to watch Champions League 21/22 live streams in Australia

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Those lucky Aussies can watch every Champions League 21/22 live stream on Stan Sport (opens in new tab) — but the final is also being shown for free on the 9Gem channel and the 9Now (opens in new tab) streaming service. 

Stan can be accessed via a wide variety of devices including many smart TVs, iOS and Android phones, Chromecast, Apple TV and more — plus it costs a very reasonable $20 AUD per month ($10 for a standard subscription and $10 for the Sport add-on). A 30-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) gives you a taste of the platform — and the good news is that the Sport add-on also has a 7-day FREE trial.

As well as Champions League 21/22 live streams, Stan also has Europa League coverage plus tennis action from Wimbledon and Roland-Garros and a huge amount of live Rugby.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Stan account, as if you were back home.

How to watch Champions League 21/22 live streams in New Zealand

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Once again, New Zealanders get access to all Champions League live streams this season via a single service — in this case, Spark Sport (opens in new tab). It costs $24.99 NZD per month, but there's currently a 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) so you can check it out for the start of the season and see how you like it.

Spark is available via web browsers plus loads of streaming devices including Chromecast and Apple TV, so there's no shortage of ways to watch it. And as well as the EPL action you also get cricket, NBA basketball, F1 racing and more.

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

Champions League 21/22 knockout stages

Champions League round of 16 results

  • Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-1
  • Bayern Munich beat FC Red Bull Salzburg 8-2
  • Real Madrid beat Paris Saint Germain 3-2
  • Manchester City beat Sporting Lisbon 5-0
  • Atlético Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1
  • Benfica beat Ajax 3-2
  • Chelsea beat Lille 4-1
  • Villarreal beat Juventus 4-1

Champions League quarter-final results

  • Liverpool beat Benfica 6-4
  • Manchester City beat Atlético Madrid 1-0
  • Real Madrid beat Chelsea 5-4
  • Villarreal beat Bayern Munich 2-1

Champions League semi-finals (matches to take place 26/27 April and 3/4 May)

  • Real Madrid beat Manchester City by 6-5 on aggregate
  • Liverpool beat Villarreal by 5-2 on aggregate

Champions League final — Saturday 28 May

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