FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sporting Gijon are all in Group A for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but it’s not just a one-game tournament.
The competition will run from October 2-26 and the draw for the first leg between the sides in Turin, Italy, will take place on Friday, October 3.
The draw for Sunday’s semifinal will take shape later that same day.
Here are five things to know:The first leg will be played at the Stadio Olimpico.
The venue is being finalized but is not set yet.
Real Madrid have won the last two meetings between the two sides, with the home side winning 3-1 in the 2016 Copa del Rey final.
The two teams meet once again this time, this time in the Copa Sudamericana final in 2019.FC Barcelona, the reigning Champions League champions, are on a nine-game winning streak and have won four of their last five games in Group 1.
They have only lost three times in Group 2 and are unbeaten in their last four games overall.
Real are coming off a 5-0 win over Sporting Girona on the opening day of the new Copa Libertadores campaign, and are looking to extend that run to 10 wins in the competition.
Sporting have won five of their past six matches, but have only scored five goals in the last seven games.
Real and Sporting have met once before, in the Europa League last season, with both teams advancing to the knockout stage of the competition in the quarterfinals.
Real won the Copas Sudamerics in 2017 and have a better record in Group 3 than they do in Group 4.
They currently sit third in the standings, just behind Barcelona, with a three-point lead over the second-placed side, Barcelona, after four games.
They have won two of their first three games in the tournament, including a 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the semifinals on Sunday.
Sporting also lost their opening match, 3-0 to Barcelona.