Real Madrid vs Man City live stream: How to watch Champions League semi-final online

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The Real Madrid vs Man City live stream is expected to be a thrilling Champions League semi-final between the two strongest teams left in the tournament — and you can watch it from anywhere with a VPN.  

Real Madrid vs Man City live stream, Date, Time, Channels

The Real Madrid vs Man City live stream takes place today (Tuesday, May 9).
Time: 8 p.m. BST /  3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT / 7 a.m. AEDT (May 10)
• U.S. — Watch on Paramount Plus
U.K. — Watch on BT Sport
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

In many ways, this semi-final tie feels like a de-facto Champions League final. Real Madrid are the reigning champions, and the most successful team in the competition’s history, while Man City are the perennial challenger. The Premier League side are typically the favorites to win prior to the start of the tournament but have always failed to bring the trophy home. Could this year finally see Pep Guardiola’s men win that much-coveted European title?

This matchup is also a repeat of last year’s semi-final where Man City flamed out in dramatic fashion. The English side appeared to have navigated a route to the final in Paris before two goals in stoppage time from Rodrygo sent the game to extra time where a Karim Benzema penalty confirmed Real Madrid’s place in their 16th Champions League final, which they went on to win 1-0 against Liverpool.  

Guardiola has played down the need for revenge this week, but there’s no doubt that last year’s dramatic collapse has left scars on this Man City side. And the chance to earn redemption against the same opposition will be a tantalizing one. Man City are also on track to complete a historic treble with the Premier League and FA Cup trophies also within their grasp, making a win even more vital. 

Domestically, Man City currently top the Premier League table whereas Real Madrid sit 3rd in La Liga, behind local rivals Atlético Madrid and the old enemy Barcelona, who have already been named champions of the Spanish division. Man City are on a run of 10 straight wins in the Premier League whereas Real Madroid’s recent form is less impressive with two defeats in their last three La Liga matches, although the world-famous team did win the Copa del Rey final 2-1 over Osasuna at the weekend. 

Both these sides cruised through the quarter-final stage with Man City dispatching Bayern Munich 4-1 over two legs while Real Madrid went a step further and saw off Chelsea by a margin of 4 goals to nil. There's no doubt that the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream is a match not to be missed, and all the details you need to watch from anywhere are down below.  

Plus, make sure you don’t miss a moment of this year’s tournament by checking out our full Champions League live streams hub. This comprehensive guide has all the information you need to watch every single game as we rapidly approach the final in Istanbul on June 10. 

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream for FREE

If you're fortunate enough to live in Ireland then you can enjoy every single minute of the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream for FREE. 

That's because the game will be broadcast on the free-to-air channel RTE 2 and you can access a live stream via the RTE Player if you live within the broadcasters coverage area. 

But what if you're usually based in Ireland but aren't at home for the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream? Perhaps, you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on a paid streaming service in a foreign country when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home.

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below. Our favorite VPN service right now is ExpressVPN, but you'll find others in our best VPN services list


Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN 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 RTE Player, Paramount Plus or another service and watch the game.

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream on Paramount Plus. If you're not already subscribed use code PICARD to get a 30-day free trial. This deal runs until April 30. 

Alternatively, If you're a cord cutter, Fubo.TV is another option as the game is also set to be broadcast on TUDN. The Pro Plan costs $75 per month but gives you 121 channels, including CBS local channels, TUDN and UniMás, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.

If you're a subscriber but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus offers a library filled with content from the deep ViacomCBS vault. Get access to your local CBS live feed as well as exclusive access to UEFA Champions League. Binge Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight. Check out the service with a 7-day free trial.


If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV. 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 the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream in the UK

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BT Sport has the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream in the U.K., and you can watch it on BT Sport  HD. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. BST. 

Prices differ hugely 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 (£29), which lets you watch via an app for a fixed time and doesn't require a lengthy subscription.

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream on DAZN

Sadly, DAZN no longer offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period, so you'll have to pay the $24.99 CAD per month fee, although you can save a little by buying annually ($199 CAD). DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on pretty much every single streaming platform you can think of. 

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

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream on Stan. The streaming service offers a 30-day free trial, after which subscriptions start at $10 AUD. To watch Champions League live streams you'll also need to pay $10 for the Sports add-on — but this also includes a 7-day free trial

Stan users stuck abroad can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN to still access the service they already pay for.

How to watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream in New Zealand

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New Zealanders can watch the Real Madrid vs Man City live stream on Spark Sport. This costs $24.99 NZD per month, but there's currently a 7-day FREE trial so you can check it out 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

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Rory Mellon
Entertainment Editor (UK)

Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.