RB Leipzig vs. Atletico Madrid live stream: How to watch the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal match

Red Bull Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann
Red Bull Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann take on Atletico Madrid on Aug. 13 in a UEFA Champions League quartefinal. (Image credit: ANP Sport/Getty Images)

RB Leipzig takes on Atletico Madrid this Thursday in Lisbon in a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.

Following positive COVID-19 tests of two unidentified individuals from Atletico last weekend, there is some question whether the game will be postponed.

With further stringent tests planned throughout the week, hopefully with the self-isolation of those individuals and no additional cases the game can go ahead. Let’s hope it does if it is safe to do so, and where can you watch the game? Please read on.

How to watch Leipzig-Atletico from anywhere

Thursday's game is available on CBS All Access in the United States, which is easy enough to come by. It runs $5.99 a month and has a free trial, so you effectively can catch this game for free, if you want. 

But if you're going to be away from your home market for the game and still want to see one of Germany's best clubs go against one of Spain's best clubs, it's worth giving a VPN a shot.

A VPN can route all your network traffic through home country. So if you'd normally be watching from Germany but aren't actually in Germany, you can make it look like you're in Germany with a VPN. (And for all intents and purposes, it's like your computer is in Germany.) Or Spain, or the UK, or wherever. A VPN basically levels the playing field in that way.

But you want a VPN you can trust, because all of your network traffic — encrypted and unencrypted a like — will be going through it. Fortunately, some of the best are also some of the most affordable.


ExpressVPN is one of our favorite VPNs for watching our favorite sports while we're away from our home countries. It's plenty affordable — the equivalent of a Starbucks run a month, more or less — and does what needs to be done to keep your network traffic secure. And the 30-day money-back guarantee means you have nothing to lose.

The journey so far

RB Leipzig topped their group beating Lyon to top spot. In the second round, they were excellent over two legs beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 on aggregate.

Atletico Madrid finished behind Juventus in their group, and when they were pitted against Liverpool, many did not predict what happened. After a 1-0 win at home in Madrid, Atletico travelled to Liverpool and shocked most experts and football fans alike, by winning at Anfield after extra-time 3-2 and going through on aggregate 4-2. The holders were out, and a fantastic result for Atletico Madrid.

What to expect

RB Leipzig will be unable to turn to Timo Werner, the outstanding German striker who has now joined Chelsea, and they will likely go with Yussef Poulsen and/or Patrik Schick in the attack. Austrian midfielder, Marcel Sabitzer is an injury doubt for this game, and if he misses out, that will be a blow to Leipzig. The German League finished the end of June so Leipzig will not have played a competitive game for five weeks, which for a game the size of this is a long wait. It will be interesting to see how rusty they are.

Atletico Madrid has only injury concern with the defender, Sime Vrsajako a doubt. Still, they do have cover if Vrsajako does not regain fitness in time in Santiago Arias or Kieran Trippier.  Atletico does have plenty of options in attack in Marcos Llorente, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata with Koke and Thomas Partey pulling strings in midfield. It promises to be a fascinating football game to watch.


Could be a close encounter, but with the firepower Atletico have and the fact RB Leipzig have not played for five weeks, I am going for Atletico Madrid to progress through to the semi-finals. I am going for a scoreline of 1-0 Atletico Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain won the first quarterfinal on Wednesday, shocking Atalanta 2-1 on a pair of late goals.

How to watch Leipzig vs. Atletico in the United States

The game is on 3 p.m. Eastern time, on the following channels:

UniMas, UniMas East HD, TUDN, Univision NOW and CBS All Access.

If you're going the streaming route, CBS All Access is available on pretty much every device you've got. It runs just $5.99 a month (after a free trial), and for $9.99 a month you can get rid of most advertising on the on-demand content.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access

In addition to being the online home for the ViacomCBS world of content — including the entire Star Trek universe and great new originals like The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: Picard — CBS All Access is also a great home for sports.

And it's where you'll find the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal matches.